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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

I write my goals in my prayer notebook. On New Year's Eve when everyone else is partying I pray and I set a list of goals. It helps me stay focused and prevent Satan from wasting my money and my time. Jesus is not only my Lord but also my teacher and He set a goal and nothing stopped Him until "it was done." Goal-setting changed my life especially that the first goal on the list is to re-read the Bible with oneyearbibleblog. This is my third year and I can say I achieved in 3 years more than I achieved in my other 34 years here. Blessings,

False teachers are alive and well. Studying God's word is our only way of recognizing them. Satan is so wise in telling us truths then slipping into a lie. Studying so we are able to recognize a false teacher or teaching and allowing the Holy Spirit of truth will guide us will keep us on the right track. Praying for wisdom and discernment are so important. I'm afraid many are swept up into movements that actually take our desires to be closer to God and end up building our pride and self worth. Be so careful, know your Bible, and know what your teachers are promoting. Remember how subtle a deceiving word can be.
Blessings,
Susan

Baby dedications at my church have an impact on the parents, extended family, and church body. Dedicating the baby to God’s purpose, charging the parents to bring them up in The Way, and praying for God’s blessing on their family. The pastor usually shares a Christian significance to the child’s name. Good way for the parenting to begin…

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