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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,

Your questions about goals really have me thinking. My work has me writing out goals, but personally, I have never actually sat down and done this. I guess I usually keep those personal goals tucked "safely" away in my head. I will be thinking about this more.

Mike, I'm not really a goal-setter either. I try to rather map out my month with what we are doing this weekend and next, etc.. with being involved in ministries and additional jobs and interests in my life other than teaching full time. I told my husband we are going to strive to go visit his family once a month to keep the lines of communication and closeness in tact. I do think goals are very important. I think it is good to write your vision down, make it plain..Habb 2:2. However, I get this best feeling from writing in my journals and then looking back on them a year from now or looking how far I have come from 5 years to now, just looking back..because it is progression and a climb and I believe as long as you are growing and striving..that you are in the midst of God's will..be blessed!

MIKE:I feel the most important goal is to read the Word daily and pray, I have set up an order of praying. ACTS I am disciplined as to keeping things in order, but never had goals in life. It seemed when it was time for a change it came to me and I moved forward never hesitant about it. I was baptized as an infant and confirmed my faith at the age of 14. I have always remembered that promise I made to remain faithful and I let the Lord guide me through life. I will be 82 in Feb. and I have read this One Year Bible faithfully for 27 years. It is worth doing and has helped me through many circumstances. Journaling is a good habit which I don't do as much as I did a few years ago. Blessing to all who are on this journal. It is God who will help you continue. Amen. louise-CA

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