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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,
Ramona

Interesting psalms 20:4. He will give you the desires of your heart?.. How do we take that? God gives us Everything we want? No! First we need to be walking closely with him. Then what we desire will line up with Gods will and only if we pray Gods will be done!

I like that comment Ramona and was thinking along the same line, when in my quest bible, it speaks of the question, why would Judah be chosen in such a way and spoken of some profound when no one knows but God. However, when I looked at that and meditated on it, I thought along the same lines as you Ramona, that probably the reason why Judah was chosen is because of his mom, Leah, being so unloved, that through Gods love for her, her descendants are rising up out of honor of her through Gods eyes. And, yes, he takes the unlovable's and forgotten's and makes something special and blessed from it. Man looks at the outward appearance and God looks at the heart! Be blessed..

Thank you Mike very much for this blog!
Thank you Ramona, Russ, Roda, Dee Dee, Jane, and everyone who comments on this blog.
For the first time, I am able to read the bible daily following the One Year Bible Readings here - thanks to all of your faithfulness!
May God continue to use this blog to bless and encourage many in faith!

Sincerely,
Joyce

I also enjoy everyones comments. It is adding to my understanding ....

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