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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 first say thank you Mike for your beautiful ministry and bible blog, which really helps me to understand the bible from another perspective. May God continue to shine and bless your life. I dont normally comment but as you asked about goal-setting, i thought that i would say something.

In Habukkuk 2, it says that we are to write the vision and make it plain, which applies to goal setting and shows the importance of doing so. If we do not plan or write goals, we are just guessing with no direction of how we are to achieve what we want in life or our purpose and the steps required to get there.

I myself no this is important but often have difficulty in executing my goals, this is because it requires discipline and consistency, and im often guilty in getting distracted or procrastinate. Knowing your WHY you are doing something is equally important as it will help you to remain focus and to hit the target.

So i believe Goal setting is good, and like you said is subject to change based upon the plans God has on your life. Goals should be S.M.A.R.T, writen down and looked at daily to stay on track with it.

Blessings and Light

Yes, Ramona..I was always intrigued by Leah being placed by Jacob at death, the "booby" prize got the greatest honor and had priest and kings from her lineage.

Carol..so true.. goal setting is so important. I do goal set in some aspects but not enough. I have a daily goal setting planner I keep weekly and try to set goals. Did great first few weeks of new year, now it is in my car with my teacher stuff in trunk (not good). Habbakkuk does say in 2:2, write your vision down, make it plain as day. Also, I know its important to speak into our tithes of how to bless and what you need. The Word says, my people perish for lack of knowledge, and also, we have not, because we ask not. Very important to have goals.

Gen 48:1-49:33

the visiting of Jacob by Joseph and his sons! We learn that rank doesn't produce might-you might be born first but God has final word on who will have greater a blessing and He chooses whomever he wants to bless. I love ch 49. YOu feel like you are easedropping into something special. I love how Israel professes blessings on his sons- Judah's though- the tribe of Judah.

I wondered if it suprised his (Judah) to know how he was chosen and blessed so! He was certainly guilty of making Joseph's prior years painful but he had grown up, took responsibility and was now the man God called him to be-and from Leah and Israel's union.

Matthew 15:29-16:12
Jesus had a healing service and created a miracle of feeding over 4000 people with 7 loaves and 2 fish. The Pharisees and Saducees were always lurking, accusing, trying to trap Jesus-Jesus warns his disciples to beware of their deceit.

Ps20:1-9 Other nations will boast of horses and chariots , we boast in name of the Lord. Amen!!

Prov 4:20-27 Guard your heart above all else, it determines the course of your life. (So true)

Be blessed!

Hi, Mike... This is George Fields ... A few years ago, I ask you to reconsider using, "God, the Father, Jesus, God the Son and The Holy Spirit," instead of "God, Jesus & The Holy Spirit," for I think it confuses new fellow believers to think that Jesus and The Holy Spirit are not eat also God ... Themselves, not part of the Trinity. (just to let you know who I am)
Anyway, I have been blessed so much by your ministry of the One Year Bible Blog (as well as the readings from Tom Dooley) and have encouraged many other people to subscribe and be blessed also. I, also want to thank you for introducing me about 10 years ago to Mark Driscoll in one of the "praise music" videos at the end of each daily posts. He has also helped me, as you have in my journey as a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love, joy and peace that comes from The Way, The Truth and The Life, here and beyond. I praise God for the Freedom He gives us through His grace, forgiveness, mercy and love.
... and I have, indeed put my hand on my grandchildren's heads with a "blessing prayer," as Jacob did, when they were very young, now 17, 16 and 13; Benjamin, Zachary and Evelyn.
Again, thank you for your very valuable ministry that has helped me tremendously on my journey towards our real Home. ... [email protected]

Proverbs 4: 20-27

One Form of Goal Setting is a Bucket List

Yeah, I have a bucket list with about 15 things on it. I started it about 10 years ago and I have accomplished about 5 of those things. (I got to go to Cuba in November 2019). Every year I add one or two. This year I want to have a Steak Dinner at the Bold Knight Restaurant in Nanaimo which I have wanted to do for maybe 45 years!

Are these goals? In many ways they are hopes and dreams for the future. Some include other people. Some are “Godly” and maybe some are selfish. Some are weird like I put down “Yoga” about 5 years ago and I can’t remember what that meant. (Chuckle). I might have to revamp that one. I do know there is a feeling of satisfaction when I have completed my goal. I wish someone was giving out medals. Yeah.

Guard your Affections.
Don’t Swear.
Avoid Procrastination.
Stay the Course.


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