I will be a pledge of his safety. From my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever.
Throughout church history, some Christians have interpreted the Bible in an allegorical manner—reading things into the Bible that it simply doesn’t state or even imply. Such interpretation assumes that the Bible has different levels of meaning, even to the point of denying the plain, obvious meaning.
When we have a historical recorded fact like the one from yesterday or today, I’m not denying the accuracy of what happened. Not at all! I also don’t believe that there are hidden meanings that only a few can know. What I do want to stress is that nothing is independent from God as either our Creator, Provider, Savior, or Judge. There’s always a connection to Him.
For example, today’s story happened just as it is recorded. There’s no hidden spiritual meaning behind it. Nevertheless, there’s a beautiful picture of Jesus. Judah was about to take Benjamin to Egypt in order to buy more food amidst the famine. While Jacob didn’t want to let him go, he realized he had no choice. In order to assure his father that his younger brother would return, Judah took full responsibility for him, including bearing the blame if he didn’t bring him back to his father.
The same is true with Jesus. He has taken full responsibility for our salvation. What if He loses one of God’s children along the way? Wouldn’t He be blamed? That will never happen! In the end, He will say: “Behold, I and the children God has given me” (Heb. 2:13). He’ll bring us safely home!
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