The Son of Suffering and Glory

August 13, 2010 at 9:03 am | Posted in Genesis, Luke | 16 Comments
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Jacob showed up at a place called Padanaram empty-handed, and smitten with love for Rachel. Rachel’s father, Laban, was a shrewd conniver. However, after 20 years of hard labor, Jacob left Laban with four wives, huge herds of sheep and cattle, and twelve children – a blessed and wealthy man!

On his way to Bethel (which means the “house of God”) Rachel died giving birth to Jacob’s thirteenth child (twelfth son). Before she died, she named this child “Benoni” which means “Son of My Sorrow.” Imagine this boy going through life being known as his parents’ greatest sorrow! Rachel’s death was very hard on Jacob. Perhaps after a period of grieving he saw his opportunity to – for the first time – name one of his own children. Therefore, Jacob renamed the boy “Benjamin” (Son of My Right Hand).

The right hand is the side of favor and honor in Hebrew culture, and in Scripture. But how could a child of such great suffering be the child of such great honor? This question would not be fully answered until hundreds of years later.

And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus… He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee… And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them… Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luke 24:2-3; 6; 15; 25-27, emphasis added

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

I Peter 5:1, emphasis added


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