Saturday, January 02, 2016

Beauty of Benoni

"It came to pass, as [Rachel's] soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni [Heb. Son of my Sorrow]: but his father called him Benjamin [Son of my Right Hand]" (Genesis 35:18).  "Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it" (Psalm 127:1).  "He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints" (Proverbs 2:8).  "If any man love God, the same is known of Him" (1 Corinthians 8:3). 

The beauty of Benoni's name
Foreshadowed Jesus Christ our Savior: 
Behold, the Man of Sorrows came
And died to grant us saving favor. 

Behold "the Son of My Right Hand,"
Foreshadowed thus by Benjamin,
Fulfilled in Christ, as God had planned,
Victorious over death and sin! 

Except the Lord Himself had willed
To champion the sinner's cause,
We would have vainly hoped to build
A house condemned by heaven's laws. 

O Lord, because You loved us first,
Benoni's beauty cast was fitting:
For thus for sinners You were cursed;
For us You bore the shame and spitting.  

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