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Genesis 28-29:35

Lots of things caught my eye today in the Old Testament reading but none more than this spoken by God to Jacob.

And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
(Genesis 28:13-15 KJV)

God identifies himself to someone who didn’t know Him by means of association. He is the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac, but not yet the God of Jacob. God will prove himself to Jacob because Jacob has no experiential knowledge of who God is. Jacob’s story is my story. I was sent to church and my two caregivers, foster mother and mother, called on a God and mentioned Jesus but their behaviors and actions led me to conclude that God had to be dead or non-existent. I had an encounter with God at the age of 11 then life’s events led me both away from God and to God. While away and in great pain I would latter remember that encounter at thirty-four and conclude that God was indeed alive and had kept me alive all those years, despite cursing those who dared to tell me they believed in Him. In reality God was never away from me, I just had had my eyes closed.

Mike your question for today caused me to chuckle because I had just sent out to some of my friends this e-mail:

Here is another Proverb that caught my eye in the Message bible. How it is worded in the Message bible is a slap in the face and a verbal rebuke to parents who just love their children to much to discipline them. From the Thirteenth chapter,

But first here it is in a few standard English Versions:

24He who spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him (NIV)

24If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don't love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them. (NLT)

Now in the Message:
24A refusal to correct is a refusal to love;
love your children by disciplining them.

The Message moves discipline, or lack there of, over to a choice and thus whether to love your children or not is a choice and the proof of your love is discipline, not abuse.


Discipline means you love someone enough to put in the effort and time to correct by investing into their future. God is always investing in us by his discipline.

Grace and peace,

In our Old Testament readings, Jacob dreams of the proverbial “stairway to heaven”:

12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.
13 At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants.

16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” 17 But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”

In today’s New Testament reading we see Jesus doing Kingdom miracles… casting out demons; healings, especially the blind and even raising the dead, showing the true power of God in Christ. Jesus had compassion on confused, sinful human beings, because he cares for them. He is truly the Good Shepherd. Thank you, Lord for the record of your Son’s miracles and the teachings that He has given for us.

35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Amen amen amen Ramona about disciplining children. I see that qlot in school system. Parents don't love their children enough to correct the behavior. They spoil and let it go or don't take time to discipline. It's sad.
What caught my eye this time around was in Psalm about being careful not to run to the mountains but put your trust in God. Made me think of Lot in earlier reading being led out of Sodom and Gomorrah and the angel said flee to the mountains..he was fearful and asked for the smaller town which led him in a cave! They led to his downfall! Wow..sometimes our fear of anything unknown can overpower us..when u need to just trust God ..where be it be the mountain, hilltop, plains, or forest..God will lead u and not forsake u.

Be blessed

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