Then Judah came near to him and said: “O my lord, please let your servant speak a word in my lord’s hearing, and do not let your anger burn against your servant; for you are even like Pharaoh.” (Genesis 44:18)
The Hebrew root term translated as “came near” simply means “to approach” which implies “close proximity.” The term is also used to convey closeness in the sense of intimacy. The point is that Judah makes a very bold move – he got into the Egyptian lord’s space. We must keep in mind that, at that point, he had no idea that he was approaching his deliverer.
We, on the other hand, know full well who our deliverer is and we are told that those with a repentant heart can approach Him just as Judah approached Joseph. The writer of Hebrews said:
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Yeshua the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)
It’s comforting to know that in our most desperate times we have a Deliverer who can be relied upon to hear our petitions. He understands our suffering and angst and, while we may not always give us what we want, He will always grant us what we need in order to become those He has called us to be. It is necessary, however, that we do our part; we must be willing and bold enough to approach Him in a way that is acceptable to Him — with a broken and humble heart.
Blessings and Shalom,