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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,

Some thoughts:

Jacob’s ladder. Up to now, We know God has spoken to individuals, have seen the Angel of the Lord interact with some individuals, but the ladder dream is different. God is personal, watching over Jacob, and angels (plural) are constantly going back and forth from heaven (to minister). This is opposite of the Deist idea of God created and walked away.

Note: Jacob did not set up an altar (like Abraham), but a pillar (a monument). Also his prayer was not one of submission but of deal making. Really? What do we have as sinners to bargain with - to a ten+ dimensional, infinite, eternal, perfect (Holy) God? I am no better - as an atheist I often cried out to the Universe to make deals.

Prior to dream - Jacob was doing the deceiving, and afterwards Jacob was the one being deceived by Laban. (Laban was always about money and self). From Leah would come the tribe of Judah - the tribe of Jesus.

Matthews readings: Jesus’ healings had no blueprint, each different in its own way. Just as he handles each of us (believers). I do pray for harvesters, as my lot seems to be a sower of faith seeds.

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