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Genesis 48:1-49:33

Jacob said to Joseph, "The Sovereign God appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me. He said to me, 'I am going to make you fruitful and will multiply you. I will make you into a group of nations, and I will give this land to your descendants as an everlasting possession.'
(Genesis 48:3-4 NET.)

I find the tenses used in this passage very interesting. Jacob states that God told him He was going to make him, not his descendents, not some group in the future, but him, Jacob/Israel, fruitful. For someone who had no knowledge of the resurrection, someone who the “Soon Coming King” would be way into the future, Jacob had an intense sense of eternity in his heart. Do we, those who come after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, see our off-spring, children, grandchildren and great-grand’s in the Big Picture of things as being an extension of ourselves, or do we think everything ends with us? How much of this do I truly understand? I say that I am part of something greater than myself, but do I act it and walk it? Are my actions speaking louder than my words?

I also find it interesting that Leah is buried in the land promised to Abraham, in the cave bought when the land was promised but not obtained fully. However, Rachael was buried on the road outside of Bethlehem. I’m not sure if there is any significance, I just find it interesting. Leah, the “booby” prize, the one not wanted, was the mother of both the priestly line and the kingly line, Levi and Judah. I’m not taking anything away from Joseph, but it seems that God always deals with the unwanted, the outcasts. I believe what we see in these twelve boys played out in this story is a strong reason why we are told to be careful how we judge. We, outside of the revelation of God, do not know how a story will end. It seems the ones with the “badest” reputations don’t end that way. What is that song, “It’s Not How You Start but How You Finish.” I think it is from a musical, but I can’t remember which one.

Grace and peace,

I just want to thank you for the blog and ur insights. God is using you to strengthen the faith of many

Thanks, Ramona for your commentary about Leah.

I look at Proverbs 4:25-26 as I look at Joshua 1 and also what Paul said about running the race...is that this pertains to knowing the end goal that God has planned for us/has ready for us, and for us to not let ourselves get sidetracked from that by looking to the left or to the right! I'm not a great goal setter, for shorter term goals so this wisdom can certainly be used there also.

From Psalm 20:5, I will be meditating and hopefully using the idea of flying a banner (in my heart and head) as I go into battle!!

Men have 3 goals designed into their makeup: 1) A battle to fight, 2) An adventure to live and 3) A beauty to rescue. This comes from John Eldridges book "Wild at Heart." Over the years, I have found that if my goals fall into one of those catagories and are supported by scripture, there is great satisfaction in persuit of that goal.

You have caused me to do some thinking about blessings. God has recently put me in two group settings where He has told me to anoint each person in the group with oil and speak whatever He gives me over them. In some cases it is an anointing for a family role or ministry that I am aware of, other times it is something completely prophetic.
Would you consider this a blessing?

It says in Habakkuk 2:2 to write your vision down and make it plain to all men. It is good to have visions and write them down. I keep a journal and seek Gods blessings because today is all we have and my greatest blessing is to look back over former posts in my journal and see how far God has brought me and the love He has for his children.

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