Genesis 48-49

Genesis 48:3-4

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“And Jacob said to Joseph, ‘God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, ‘Behold, I will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.'”

In his dying moments, Jacob transfers the message of God’s blessing to his sons. This promise is his legacy.

We all want to be remembered for something important, but the only lasting legacy resides in the promise of God. What is important is that His promise lives on through our children and grandchildren and that we nurture the faith of future generations. If we aren’t passing on a growing fervor for the Lord, we are wasting our efforts.

As a parent, help me to be mindful of the way I raise my children. Help me to be dedicated to growing them in relationship with You, Lord, as I grow in relationship with You.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/13: Genesis 48-49

2/14: Genesis 50-Exodus 1

2/15: Exodus 2-3

2/16: Exodus 4-5

2/17: Exodus 6-7

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Genesis 39-40

Genesis 39:21

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“But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”

Though Joseph has wrongly been thrown in prison, the LORD is still with him and orchestrates events. As we learned with Job, a fall from success does not mean a fall from God’s favor. Joseph is right where God needs him to be.

When our circumstances change for the worse, we wonder why God would allow these problems into our lives. But like Joseph, we must keep faith and trust that even the most difficult of circumstances can be used for our benefit and God’s glory if we keep our focus on Him.

LORD, help me to keep my eyes on You, even when my circumstances make me try to rely on myself. Help me to trust You and seek Your will.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/6: Genesis 39-40

2/7: Genesis 41

2/8: Genesis 42-43

2/9: Genesis 44-45

2/10: Genesis 46-47

Genesis 37

Genesis 37:10

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“But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, ‘What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?'”

Joseph shares his second dream with his family though the first merited their disdain. Even his father who favors him rebukes him as a result.

It can sometimes be difficult to share the truth with others, especially when that truth is unpopular. But by Joseph’s example, we ought to share it lovingly. In his case, the facts were enough for his family to analyze them; he didn’t have to spell out the meaning of the dreams. Joseph believed his visions were from God and he didn’t back down when God prompted him to speak. Neither should we.

LORD, give me courage like you gave Joseph to speak truth. Help me to have confidence in my identity in You and what You speak to me.

Next Week’s Reading Schedule:

2/6: Genesis 39-40

2/7: Genesis 41

2/8: Genesis 42-43

2/9: Genesis 44-45

2/10: Genesis 46-47

 

Genesis 33 & 35

Genesis 33:4

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“But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.”

Jacob fears his reunion with Esau, but he is surprised to encounter Esau with such love and forgiveness.

When people wrong us or even suggest doing so, we have the tendency to think their actions are who they are and that they won’t change. But Jacob prayed to the LORD; he wrestled with God for a blessing, and in this passage we see his faith rewarded. Esau has changed and is eager to welcome his brother back after much discord- even though Jacob wronged him! People can change, but we have to give them opportunities to show us rather than writing them off.

LORD, help me to see people like You do. Help  me to truly love others and to believe in second chances and changed hearts.

Next Week’s Reading Schedule:

1/30: Genesis 27-28

1/31: Genesis29-30:24

2/1: Genesis 31-32

2/2: Genesis 33 & 35

2/3: Genesis 37

 

Genesis 31-32

Genesis 32:9-10

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“O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness you have shown to your servant.”

In this passage, Jacob praises God for His provision and requests protection when he encounters Esau. He recognizes that he has done nothing to merit God’s favor, but he also remembers how God has been faithful to his ancestors.

In sharp contrast, entitlement is rife in our modern culture. We think that we deserve the best for no particular reason and that when something doesn’t go our way we’ve been wronged. We fail to recognize our dependence on God and all the blessings He has given us. Perhaps even worse than this, we are servants to our gratification rather than servants of God. Like Jacob, we must acknowledge that we don’t deserve God’s blessings and give Him praise

Lord, help me to stop to thank You for what You’ve done for me before asking for more. Help me to recognize that I don’t deserve anything, but that all I have is Yours.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

1/30: Genesis 27-28

1/31: Genesis29-30:24

2/1: Genesis 31-32

2/2: Genesis 33 & 35

2/3: Genesis 37

Genesis 29-30:24

Genesis 30:1-2

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“When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, ‘Give me children, or I shall die!’ Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, ‘Am I in the place of God who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?'”

Rachel envies her sister for giving Jacob sons. This envy stirs up strife between Jacob and Rachel, causing him to blame God for her barrenness.

In the midst of sinful thoughts, it is imperative that we call on the LORD for help. Rachel fails to do this. The result is further issues, namely marital discord and subsequent sin when Rachel offers her slave to Jacob in order to produce a son her her. When we don’t call on the LORD for help, our troubles escalate and we often put ourselves in even worse circumstances.

LORD, help me to recognize my need for You and Your willingness to help me. Rather than letting pains fester, help me to learn to call on You in times of weakness and uncertainty.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

1/30: Genesis 27-28

1/31: Genesis29-30:24

2/1: Genesis 31-32

2/2: Genesis 33 & 35

2/3: Genesis 37

Genesis 27-28

Genesis 28:20-21

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“If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God.”
Though the LORD has appeared to Jacob in a dream, Jacob vows to serve Him after he returns home. He fears that the LORD won’t follow through on His promises.

Even though the LORD has promised us the presence of His Holy Spirit and guidance, we continue to make deals with Him. If You do this for me, I will serve You. How foolish we are to make demands of the most High God as if He owes us proof of His goodness and His very existence. Our lives are proof of His provision. If we seek Him, we will see so many instances of His protection, guidance, and love.

LORD, You deserve my complete devotion and utter submission. You don’t have to prove anything to deserve it. Help me to trust You more and to remember Your faithfulness.

This Week’s Reading Schedule:

1/30: Genesis 27-28

1/31: Genesis29-30:24

2/1: Genesis 31-32

2/2: Genesis 33 & 35

2/3: Genesis 37