Sunday, January 10, 2016

Judah's Portrait of Jesus' Passion

"Judah said unto Israel his father... I will be surety... let me bear the blame for ever" (Genesis 43:8,9).  "Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did He" (Psalm 135:6).  "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; he hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand" (Isaiah 53:10). 

There is a portrait we may see
In Judah's passionate endeavor
When he became a surety
And vowed to bear the blame forever. 

We see foreshadowed Jesus Christ,
Who bore upon His cross our blame,
Who for our sake was sacrificed,
And thus our Surety became. 

It pleased the Father thus to send
His Son to give His life for us
With love we'll never comprehend
And passion that is marvelous! 

O Lord, the portrait of Your passion
Which we have traced Judah's vow
Astounds us as we see its fashion
In fullest measure in You now! 

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