Genesis 44:12 KJV
And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
I was thinking today of how much Jacob loved Benjamin and how terribly Benjamin's tribe turned out to be. Especially in the situation with the abused concubines.
No human being is better than another so every human being ought to be treated with the same care and equal respect. However, upon no human being should we place our hopes with the exception of Jesus Christ. Jacob placed far too much of his emotional well being on Benjamin. The youngest son of his beloved wife, and as far as he knew the only remaining son of his beloved, Benjamin was still no one to place his hopes in. Though God had made promises to Jacob that included his children, his children were not the answer to God's promise; Abraham learned that.
If we will faithfully raise our children in the nurture and admonition of The Lord and at the same time place our
- Hopes and
in The Lord and His promises instead of our children we will be much happier and our children will be raised much better.