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The Lion Roars!

Scripture reading for January 17th:  Genesis 48-50

Genesis 49:10-11 “You are a lion’s cub, O Judah; you return from the prey, my son.  Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness–who dares to rouse him?  The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.”

Have you ever been at the bedside of a loved one who was soon to enter eternity?  If they are alert and able to talk, we listen for every word and thought.  Joseph or someone in the family took down  Jacob’s  last words to each family member.  He gave a special blessing to Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.  He then spoke a word, also recorded, over the other sons.  (Genesis 49:9-20)

The blessing of Joseph’s sons effectively made Joseph the first-born, who by law was to receive a double portion of the inheritance.  Israel blessed Joseph and adopted the boys. The other brothers had tried to kill Joseph and cut him out, but God re-established his place and doubled the inheritance!  Israel also chose Ephraim over Manasseh.  The younger over the older.  All blessing and God’s reward comes not from birth order but Divine order!  God alone knows the hearts and the end from the beginning!

One other blessing is worth noting.  Judah also received a word in Genesis 49:8-12.  Judah was told that his brothers would praise him. (His name means “praise”.)  His hand would be on the neck of his enemies and his father’s sons would bow down to him.  He was called a “lion’s cub”.  Jesus was the offspring of Judah in the genealogy of Matthew 1:3.  He is known as the “Lion of Judah” (Revelation 5:5)  He triumphed over all God’s enemies!  Israel finally made Joseph swear to take his bones back to the promised land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel).  He believed in God returning and that land his property that he wanted to be buried there.   

What would you say if you just had a very short time left here on earth?  What words would you leave with those closest to you?  Would your faith be evident in you life and statements?

“When Jacob had finished  giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people.” Genesis 49:33

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Worthy is the Lamb!

Scripture reading for December 6th: Revelation 5, Psalm 93, Proverbs 26

Revelation 5: 6-10 “And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And He went and took the scroll from the right hand of Him Who was seated on the throne. And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the scroll and to open its seals, for You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and You have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”

John’s attention was focused on a scroll in the hand of the One on the throne. It was sealed with seven seals and a mighty angel asked a question: “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” (Revelation 5:2) John began to weep loudly as he understood that there was no one in heaven or earth who could open it or look in it. But an elder spoke to John, calming his fears with the announcement that “The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David had conquered.” (Revelation 5:5) At this point, John saw the Lamb, bearing marks of crucifixion, standing between the throne and the living creatures and elders. The Lamb took the scroll and all around the throne fell down in worship. The elders offered bows full of incense, the prayers of believers and sang a new song of worship to the Lamb, worthy to open the scroll.

Psalm 93:1-2 “The Lord reigns; He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; He has put on strength as His belt. Yes, the world is established from of old; You are from everlasting.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, slain for the sins of the world, I worship You as alone worthy of all honor, glory and praise! You are worthy to open the scroll and take possession of the kingdom prepared for You before the world began. I am thankful to be part of those You ransomed. As a priest and part of Your eternal kingdom, use me today to pray for those needing salvation and adoption into Your family.

Proverbs 26:1 “Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.”

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Sunday Rest and Reflection

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Each Sunday, it’s good just to take time to think back on the week’s reading.  It just so happens that we have finished the book of Genesis in the last three weeks since January 1st.  Genesis began with God.  He is the central figure!  He is creating, working and enjoying!  It was good!  Man placed by God in a Garden, walking with God in the cool of the day!   Man made special and in God’s image, male and female. Man ruling over creation and tending it with God’s blessing!

Genesis is so foundational to our worldview as Christians.  Without Genesis we wouldn’t understand where the universe, earth, and solar system came from.  Without Genesis we wouldn’t know about the serpent and how sin entered along with death.  Without Genesis we wouldn’t know about our special creation and purpose on the earth.  We wouldn’t understand why the world was flooded and where the rainbow came from and what it testifies about!

We wouldn’t know how we got all the nations or languages either.  We would not know where the nation of Israel came from or the special significance of the lands of Israel and the middle East.  We would not understand the conflict in the Middle East that pits millions of Arabs and Ishmael’s decendants against the Jews and Christians.  We wouldn’t understand the old conflict between the Serpent and the Seed of Woman.  We wouldn’t know about faith as God’s way of making men and women righteous again.  We would miss all the rich stories of the fathers of faith as they struggled to walk with God, wrestled with Him, and followed Him through famine, imprisonment, threats and their eventual death.  The lives of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Esau, Rachael, Leah, Joseph, Judah, and numerous others are chronicled.  We read about their successes and failures; their loves and their quarrels;  about births and deaths. They were just like us!

I am thankful for the wonderful record of our origins left for us to read and ponder.  I look up at the stars or at the sand on a beach and think of Abraham pondering his offspring and the promises of God!  I see a rainbow and I am reminded of God’s mercy to us!  I think about Jesus Christ, God’s promised Son, and the one sent ahead to save us from the famine caused by our sins.  We are so blessed to read Genesis and have the Holy Spirit revealing truth to us.

“Do not weep!  See  the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed.  He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5

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