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Genesis 28-29:35

Lots of things caught my eye today in the Old Testament reading but none more than this spoken by God to Jacob.

And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
(Genesis 28:13-15 KJV)

God identifies himself to someone who didn’t know Him by means of association. He is the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac, but not yet the God of Jacob. God will prove himself to Jacob because Jacob has no experiential knowledge of who God is. Jacob’s story is my story. I was sent to church and my two caregivers, foster mother and mother, called on a God and mentioned Jesus but their behaviors and actions led me to conclude that God had to be dead or non-existent. I had an encounter with God at the age of 11 then life’s events led me both away from God and to God. While away and in great pain I would latter remember that encounter at thirty-four and conclude that God was indeed alive and had kept me alive all those years, despite cursing those who dared to tell me they believed in Him. In reality God was never away from me, I just had had my eyes closed.

Mike your question for today caused me to chuckle because I had just sent out to some of my friends this e-mail:

Here is another Proverb that caught my eye in the Message bible. How it is worded in the Message bible is a slap in the face and a verbal rebuke to parents who just love their children to much to discipline them. From the Thirteenth chapter,

But first here it is in a few standard English Versions:

24He who spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him (NIV)

24If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don't love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them. (NLT)

Now in the Message:
24A refusal to correct is a refusal to love;
love your children by disciplining them.

The Message moves discipline, or lack there of, over to a choice and thus whether to love your children or not is a choice and the proof of your love is discipline, not abuse.


Discipline means you love someone enough to put in the effort and time to correct by investing into their future. God is always investing in us by his discipline.

Grace and peace,

I too loved the story of Jacob and it is also one of my favorite stories of the Old Testament. If you want to get into some more reading (which are fictional) but based upon Rachel, Leah, and Jacobs lives in a christian fiction kind of way, Liz Curtis Higgs makes a good series pertaining to this story and she does it in a Scottish way! The books are: Thorn in my Heart(1st one), which is about Leah's life!, Fair is the Rose(2nd one), which is about Rachel's life, and final one is: Whence Came a Prince, about the entire family and centered of course around, you got it, Jacobs, then she did a fourth one called Grace in Thine Eyes, about Leah and Jacobs only daughter, Dinah. Very Good Reads!!

and speaking to Ramona pertaining her quote and Proverbs read she put up above, I wish I could give that message over to majority of my parents, then maybe some of my Kinders would start listening!!

It is so true that we are setting our children up for greater disaster when we don't discipline and when we do give Godly discipline, yes, it hurts at that moment but it sets a standard of living just like in Deuteronomy, when it states that we have life and death, blessings and cursings, therefore choose life! that you may live and be prosperous and then in Matthew about the wide is the road and narrow is the way that leads to life basically and don't go down the easy path and head down the wide road that leads to destruction, but chose the narrow path that leads to salvation, and blessings and long life and prosperity to give health to your body and really nourishment to your soul!!

Be blessed,


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