February 2, 2014

Sorrows Turned to Joy

"And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor.
"And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
"And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.
"And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem."
-Genesis 35:16-19, KJV

When Benjamin was born, Rachel named him Ben'oni, which means "Son of sorrow;" but Jacob called him Benjamin, which means "Son of favor." The thought struck me that Jacob redeemed his youngest son's prophetic name. He turned his sorrows into joy, and even in mourning there was gladness. It reminded me of the portion in John were Yahshua says of his coming:

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
"A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
"And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you."
-John 16:20-22

And where it is prophesied of him:
"Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow."
-Jeremiah 31:13

What a glorious day that will be!

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