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Rise Up And Answer The Call!

Are you aware that God is calling you? Most people are clueless to the reason why God would be calling them.

But, the fact remains that the Lord is always pleading and waiting for you. So it is vital that you answer Him now before He passes you by.

There was a special man who immediately answered when he was called and as a result, you and I are alive in this world today.

After Jacob had lost his beloved son Joseph, famine descended on the land. But, Jacob heard that Egypt had food, so he sent his ten sons to Egypt to purchase grain.

Upon their arrival in Egypt, the brothers met the man in charge who sold them all the food that they need.

They had no idea that this powerful Egyptian was their brother Joseph whom they had sold into slavery years ago.

On their way home, the brothers discovered that their money had returned to their sacs. They became afraid and felt that the great governor of Egypt would arrest them for stealing.

The Governor had not believed their family story that they told him and had ordered them to return with their youngest brother while one of their brothers remained in prison in Egypt as a ransom.

When the brothers related their experience to their father, Jacob became distraught because he was afraid to lose any more children especially Benjamin.

Several years ago he had lost Joseph, his beloved son, to the wild beast that slaughtered him.

On that dreadful day when his sons had given him the tragic news, his life was stricken with grief, and he could only find comfort in Benjamin, his youngest son.

Joseph's Coat Brought to Jacob by Giovanni Andrea de Ferrari, c. 1640

Joseph’s Coat Brought to Jacob by Giovanni Andrea de Ferrari, c. 1640

The brothers knew exactly what they had done to Joseph whom they had hated but ignored their guilt in spite of their grieving father until they too believed that Joseph was dead.

To appease his conscience, Rueben offered his two sons’ lives as ransom if they did not return Benjamin back to his father but Jacob refused to concede.

The lives of Rueben’s sons could not compensate for the life of Benjamin.

However, when the food were all gone, Jacob and his family needed more supplies, so he told his sons to return to Egypt once more.

The children reminded their father that they had to take Benjamin with them, but he would not agree to it.

What happened next was remarkable because it not only proved that the brothers had repented of their sins that they had committed against their brother Joseph, but they had also united as a family.

And Judah said unto Israel his father, send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones. I will be surety for him; of my hand shall thou require him: If I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame forever. (Genesis 43:8-9)

Judah rose up and proclaimed, “Send the lad with me that we may arise and go that we may live and not die.”

Joseph and His Brethren Welcomed by Pharaoh, watercolor by James Tissot (c. 1900) Image courtesy of

Joseph and His Brethren Welcomed by Pharaoh, watercolor by James Tissot (c. 1900) Image courtesy of


I was moved in my spirit when I read Judah’s words. Unlike Rueben, he did not offer up his sons as a ransom. Instead, he offered up his words and his life.

He said, “Send the lad with me.” Note also the verse used the name Judah and Israel in the same sentence and so immediately you recognize the bigger picture and the spiritual revelation of this verse.

Judah had committed his life to save his family and as a result, he became the forefather of Jesus Christ who is the Savior of the world.

Judah rose up to answer the call of God, and he submitted to God’s plan that he would take on this tremendous responsibility to be the tribe who would sustain the nation of Israel and give birth to the Messiah.

God is still searching for a man, a woman to answer to His call. The question is, who will rise and respond to bring knowledge to a nation who is perishing as a result of lack of knowledge?

Over to You!

Are you willing to answer the call of God on your life?

How do you know that you were not placed in your position for such a time as this?

Rise up ad answer the call of God!

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