Ben-Oni renamed Benjamin …. Son of My Sorrow becomes Son of Right Hand


Genesis 35:16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.”18 As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni But his father named him Benjamin.

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Every word in the Bible has significance, even names.  Here in Genesis we read about the account of Rachel dying while giving birth to a son.  As she was about to die she named her son Ben-Oni meaning ‘Son of My Sorrow’.  However her husband Jacob renamed him Benjamin meaning ‘ Son of the Right Hand’.

What is the significance of this?  You see, everyone is born as sons of sorrow because all are born with Adam’s sin nature.  People sin because they are born sinners.  However, Jesus took man’s place of sin and condemnation on the cross and those that believe in Jesus take His place as sons of God i.e. a son of the right hand or righteousness of God.

Romans 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

2 Cor 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

He whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

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About the Author Guy Right

Guy is a homeschool father to five and has been married for over two decades to the same woman, He has a deep passion for the WORD and can be seen studying and emailing encouragement to others using the WORD deep into the night. He works in international real estate investments and enjoys the work and people he meets globally.

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