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Meeting The Needs Of Others…

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDMat 25:35-40 KJV – For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  Then shall the righteous answer him,  saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee?  or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?   Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

 

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 40- Meeting The Needs Of Others

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Genesis Chapter 40:

 

 

 

Gen 40:1-23 KJV

(1)  And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.

(2)  And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.

(3)  And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

(4)  And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.

(5)  And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.

(6)  And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.

(7)  And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?

(8)  And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

(9)  And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;

(10)  And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:

(11)  And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

(12)  And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:

(13)  Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.

(14)  But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:

(15)  For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.

(16)  When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:

(17)  And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

(18)  And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

(19)  Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.

(20)  And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

(21)  And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:

(22)  But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.

(23)  Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

 

Thought For This Chapter…

Meeting the needs of others…

Gen 30:21-23 –  And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

 

When Joseph saw that both the baker and butler needed their dreams to be interpreted, Joseph was faithful to the Lord and stood up and worked to meet their needs.  After Joseph successfully interpreted the dreams of both the butler and baker, all that he asked was that the butler would “make mention of me to Pharaoh”.  This would include reminding Pharaoh that the Lord’s hand of blessing was upon Joseph and that Joseph had been faithful to Pharaoh as overseer of Pharaoh’s household.

The butler, unlike Joseph, was not willing to step up and work to meet Joseph’s need.  He did not make it a priority but instead “forgat him (Joseph)”

Folks, how often have we done the same thing?  How often does the Lord bring someone into our lives that has a need and we are not willing to stand up and meet that need?  Instead their need is soon forgotten.  This is truly a shame.

We should always seek to be a blessing to those whom the Lord brings into our circle of acquaintances.  We can do that in many ways…

Do they have a need for prayer?  We can daily pray for them and present them before others to pray for them as well.

Do they need to have relationship with Christ?  We can share what the Lord has done for us with them.

Do they have any physical needs in life that we can fulfill?  Perhaps their car or house needs work they cannot do and we have the ability and knowledge to meet their need.

Or maybe just an encouraging word or a small favor on their behalf would mean so much to them.

 

Everyone has needs in their lives that we can fulfil, if we just take the time to recognize the need and act to meet that need.  This is one of the great callings that God has placed upon each one of us…

Mat 25:35-40 KJV – For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  Then shall the righteous answer him,  saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee?  or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?   Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

 

This type of attitude that looks for ways to fulfill the need of others is a hallmark of one who has experienced the love of God in their life…

1Jn 3:17 KJV – But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

 

May we all reveal outwardly the love God has shown to us by serving others seeking to meet their needs.

 

And The Lord Was With Him…

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGen 39:2 – And the LORD was with Joseph,… & Gen 39:21 – But the LORD was with Joseph,…

 

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 39- The Lord was with him

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Genesis Chapter 39:

 

 

 

Gen 39:1-23 KJV

(1)  And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

(2)  And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

(3)  And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

(4)  And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

(5)  And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.

(6)  And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.

(7)  And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

(8)  But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;

(9)  There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

(10)  And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

(11)  And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

(12)  And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

(13)  And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,

(14)  That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:

(15)  And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.

(16)  And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.

(17)  And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:

(18)  And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.

(19)  And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.

(20)  And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

(21)  But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

(22)  And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.

(23)  The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.

 

Thought For This Chapter…

The Lord was with him…

Gen 39:2 – And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

Gen 39:21 – But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison

 

For Joseph, being sold into slavery to the Egyptians by your own brothers and, later, being wrongfully accused and thrown into prison by the Egyptian ruler were two very difficult life situations to face.  And yet, in spite of it all, we find that “The Lord was with him” during each of these difficult times.   This made all the difference for Joseph.  Even during these difficult times, the Lord’s presence in his life allowed him to be content, faithful, and blessed in all he did.

Folks, the Lord’s continuing presence in the life of His people, even during troublesome times is a promise that is found throughout the Bible.  In both testaments we find this promise given to His people time and time again.  Here are just a few of those verses…

Psa 23:4 KJV – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Isa 43:2 KJV – When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Rom 8:38-39 KJV – For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Heb 13:5 KJV – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 

As we face discouraging life trials and heartaches, let’s always keep in mind that, if we have placed our faith in Christ as our Lord and Savior, He promises to be with us and bless us during these times.

 

Because of His presence, we can rest assured that we can be faithful to Him in the midst of all our trials and will be blessed as we serve Him.

Because of His presence, we can know that all that takes place is a part of His will and will work for our good and His glory.

And finally, because of His presence, we can be certain that His love is upon us and we are eternally secure in Him.

 

May we all praise and honor the Lord for the blessing of His enduring presence in our lives!

Critical Of Others While Ignoring Our Own Sin

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDMatt 7:3-5- And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

 

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 38- Blinded to our own sin while judging others

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Genesis Chapter 38:

 

 

 

Gen 38:1-30 KJV

(1)  And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.

(2)  And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.

(3)  And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er.

(4)  And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan.

(5)  And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.

(6)  And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar.

(7)  And Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

(8)  And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.

(9)  And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.

(10)  And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.

(11)  Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father’s house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house.

(12)  And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah’s wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

(13)  And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.

(14)  And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.

(15)  When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.

(16)  And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?

(17)  And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?

(18)  And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.

(19)  And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.

(20)  And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand: but he found her not.

(21)  Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place.

(22)  And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place.

(23)  And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

(24)  And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.

(25)  When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.

(26)  And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

(27)  And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.

(28)  And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.

(29)  And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.

(30)  And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.

 

Thought For This Chapter…

Blinded to our own sin while judging the sins of others…

Gen 38:24-26 – And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.  When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.  And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

 

Judah’s quickness to judge Tamar for her harlotry (while taking part in the same sin) is a very sobering example of the human nature that we all possess.

Because of this human, fallen, nature that is within us, it is very easy for us to see the sin that is in the lives of those around us, while being totally oblivious to the sin in our own lives!  Our Lord warms us about this tendency in Matt 7:3-5…

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

 

Folks, we all have sinned against the Lord.  We all continue to sin against the Lord everyday of our lives.  We should never forget this.  As easy as it is to see the sin that others commit, we should never forget that we all are in the same boat.  None of us are perfect and none of us are better than others around us.  If we are not committing the sin that we see in the lives of others,  it is entirely due to God’s amazing grace at work in our lives.  It is just like the human saying goes “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

The Apostle Paul helps us to understand this same truth in 1 Corinthians 15:10-11…

“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.  Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.”

 

So what are we to do when we see others we love falling into sin that we know will only bring them to ruin?  Do we remain silent, realizing that we are sinners?  Do we become judgmental towards them finding fault and being critical of them? Once again the Lord is not silent in this matter…

Gal 6:1 KJV – Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

 

The answer isn’t to ignore the situation and say nothing. Nor is it to judgmentally, critically, find fault with them.  Instead, we are to speak to our loved one in a kind, loving, humble way, realizing we are susceptible to the very same sin and, apart from God’s grace, would fall into it as well.

By keeping our spiritual frailty in mind and the sin that dwells with us, we will find ourselves with a humble spirit.  We will be prepared to help others who have fallen into the temptations that are all around us.  Also, with this same humble spirit, our heart will be prepared for others who approach us with an intention to help us with the indwelling sin that is in our lives.

A Voice Of Reason…

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDPro 15:23 KJV – A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

 

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 37- A Voice Of Reason

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Genesis Chapter 37:

 

 

 

Gen 37:1-36 KJV

(1)  And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.

(2)  These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.

(3)  Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

(4)  And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

(5)  And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

(6)  And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:

(7)  For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

(8)  And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

(9)  And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

(10)  And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

(11)  And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

(12)  And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.

(13)  And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.

(14)  And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

(15)  And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

(16)  And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

(17)  And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

(18)  And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

(19)  And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.

(20)  Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

(21)  And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

(22)  And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

(23)  And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;

(24)  And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

(25)  And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.

(26)  And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?

(27)  Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.

(28)  Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

(29)  And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

(30)  And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

(31)  And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;

(32)  And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.

(33)  And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.

(34)  And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

(35)  And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

(36)  And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

A Voice of Reason …

 

Gen 37:21 -22 – And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

 

The importance of a voice of reason in the midst of uncontrolled emotions cannot be overemphasized.  This truth is clearly presented to us in this account of Jacob’s family.  In this historical account, we can see that the sons; jealousy, hatred and covetousness of Joseph were very powerful emotions that led them to plan, and almost perform the horrible sin of murder.  What stopped them from carrying out their sinful plans?  Just one voice of reason that stood out in the midst of all the upheaval that was taking place.

That voice of reason came from older brother Reuben.  Reuben, who apparently kept his emotions well under control, empowered by a God-given boldness, took a stand against the murder of his brother and, as a result, saved his brother’s life.  How difficult it must have been for Reuben to “go against the flow”, of his brothers’ uncontrolled emotions!  Please notice, he gave a wise, measured response to their mad plans.  This gave to them a reasonable compromise that would please his brothers, as well as open up for him an opportunity to save Joseph and return him to his father.

Folks, during the course of our lives, we will run into many situations where we have a very simple choice to make… either allow our emotions to run amok or look to the Lord, by faith, recognizing His presence in our life and seeking His will for the situation at hand.

If we choose to trust the Lord, are we willing to stand against the emotion-driven many and reasonably, lovingly, oppose their sinful plans?  Many times, this can result in sensible compromise that stops the commission of sin and defuses very explosive situations.

 

Pro 15:23 KJV – A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Godly Leadership: Setting The Example With Our Lives!

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTD1Ti 4:12-13 KJV

(12)  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

(13)  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

 

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 36- Are You A Duke or Dud?

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Genesis Chapter 36:

 

 

 

Gen 36:1-43 KJV

(1)  Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.

(2)  Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite;

(3)  And Bashemath Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebajoth.

(4)  And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bare Reuel;

(5)  And Aholibamah bare Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him in the land of Canaan.

(6)  And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, which he had got in the land of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob.

(7)  For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle.

(8)  Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.

(9)  And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir:

(10)  These are the names of Esau’s sons; Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of Esau.

(11)  And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz.

(12)  And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau’s son; and she bare to Eliphaz Amalek: these were the sons of Adah Esau’s wife.

(13)  And these are the sons of Reuel; Nahath, and Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah: these were the sons of Bashemath Esau’s wife.

(14)  And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau’s wife: and she bare to Esau Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah.

(15)  These were dukes of the sons of Esau: the sons of Eliphaz the firstborn son of Esau; duke Teman, duke Omar, duke Zepho, duke Kenaz,

(16)  Duke Korah, duke Gatam, and duke Amalek: these are the dukes that came of Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these were the sons of Adah.

(17)  And these are the sons of Reuel Esau’s son; duke Nahath, duke Zerah, duke Shammah, duke Mizzah: these are the dukes that came of Reuel in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Bashemath Esau’s wife.

(18)  And these are the sons of Aholibamah Esau’s wife; duke Jeush, duke Jaalam, duke Korah: these were the dukes that came of Aholibamah the daughter of Anah, Esau’s wife.

(19)  These are the sons of Esau, who is Edom, and these are their dukes.

(20)  These are the sons of Seir the Horite, who inhabited the land; Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah,

(21)  And Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan: these are the dukes of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom.

(22)  And the children of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan’s sister was Timna.

(23)  And the children of Shobal were these; Alvan, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.

(24)  And these are the children of Zibeon; both Ajah, and Anah: this was that Anah that found the mules in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.

(25)  And the children of Anah were these; Dishon, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah.

(26)  And these are the children of Dishon; Hemdan, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran.

(27)  The children of Ezer are these; Bilhan, and Zaavan, and Akan.

(28)  The children of Dishan are these; Uz, and Aran.

(29)  These are the dukes that came of the Horites; duke Lotan, duke Shobal, duke Zibeon, duke Anah,

(30)  Duke Dishon, duke Ezer, duke Dishan: these are the dukes that came of Hori, among their dukes in the land of Seir.

(31)  And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.

(32)  And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom: and the name of his city was Dinhabah.

(33)  And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead.

(34)  And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of Temani reigned in his stead.

(35)  And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Avith.

(36)  And Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead.

(37)  And Samlah died, and Saul of Rehoboth by the river reigned in his stead.

(38)  And Saul died, and Baalhanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead.

(39)  And Baalhanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Pau; and his wife’s name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.

(40)  And these are the names of the dukes that came of Esau, according to their families, after their places, by their names; duke Timnah, duke Alvah, duke Jetheth,

(41)  Duke Aholibamah, duke Elah, duke Pinon,

(42)  Duke Kenaz, duke Teman, duke Mibzar,

(43)  Duke Magdiel, duke Iram: these be the dukes of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession: he is Esau the father of the Edomites.

 

Thought For This Chapter…

Are you a “duke” or a “dud” ?…

In this account of the descendants of Esau, we find several men given the title of “duke” (vs 15, 16, 17 etc).  In the Bible, the title “duke” describes a leader, a captain, or a ruler over others.  Some of the men in this genealogy have been remembered as a leader among others.

God has called some of His people to be leaders in government, holding rule over others in all areas of society.  Others, He has called to church leadership positions holding many positions of teaching and authority.  And for many, He has called to positions of leadership in home life, lovingly holding authority over the other members of his family.  All of these are very important and necessary leadership positions that are held by His people.

However, in this lesson, the type of leadership I am talking about is the type of leadership to which EVERY Christian is called… leadership through example motivated by our love for others.

Our leadership calling was not to be dominating Lords over His people but to take the lead of others by setting a Godly example in every area of our life…

 

1Ti 4:12-13 KJV

(12)  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

(13)  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

 

This is the type of leadership to which God calls all His people.  Are we taking this type of leadership position among the people of God?

After our life has come to a close, how will we be remembered?  Will others remember us in the context of a Godly life that conspicuously stood out among them, leading them on a God-pleasing path of love, faith and holiness?  Or will we be forgotten as one of the many whose life was lived according to the lifestyle of this world?

Appreciative Obedience – Serving The Lord Out Of Appreciation For All He Has Done

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGen 35:2-3 – Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:  And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 35- Appreciative Obedience

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Genesis Chapter 35:

 

 

 

Gen 35:1-29 KJV

(1)  And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.

(2)  Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

(3)  And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

(4)  And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

(5)  And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

(6)  So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him.

(7)  And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

(8)  But Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.

(9)  And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.

(10)  And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.

(11)  And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;

(12)  And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.

(13)  And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.

(14)  And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.

(15)  And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

(16)  And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.

(17)  And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.

(18)  And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

(19)  And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

(20)  And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day.

(21)  And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.

(22)  And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

(23)  The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:

(24)  The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin:

(25)  And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:

(26)  And the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid; Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram.

(27)  And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.

(28)  And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.

(29)  And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

 

Thought For This Chapter…

 

Appreciative obedience…

(2)  Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

(3)  And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

 

Jacob, out of a heart of obedience and appreciation to the Lord, was planning to return to Bethel.  During his return to Bethel, Jacob would build a second altar would be an acknowledgment of the Lord’s faithfulness to Jacob and to the many blessings He had given to Him.

It was previously at Bethel that Jacob had received the prophetic dream of the ladder reaching to heaven and the Lord’s promise given to Abraham was now handed down to him.  In response, Jacob promised the Lord that if He protected him and allowed him to return to his family, that he would make God his Lord (Gen 28).

The vow that Jacob made with the Lord, at the first visit to Bethel, is the perfect example of a promise to remember the great blessings of the Lord and then serving Him with renewed commitment.

Jacob, being faithful to that promise, allowed the Lord’s blessings to motivate him for his return trip to Bethel …

(3) “And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.”

 

It was Jacob’s recollection of the Lord’s great past blessings upon him that motivated him to return to Bethel and make a second altar of appreciation to the Lord.

How often do we take the time to stop, recall the Lord’s many blessings, and then serve Him with improved dedication?  May we all be willing to regularly take the time to recall His great blessings upon our lives, appreciate them with a heart-felt appreciation, and motivate us to serve Him in far greater ways.

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTD(13)  And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:

 

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 34- Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

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Genesis Chapter 34:

 

 

 

Gen 34:1-31 KJV

(1)  And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

(2)  And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.

(3)  And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

(4)  And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.

(5)  And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come.

(6)  And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.

(7)  And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob’s daughter; which thing ought not to be done.

(8)  And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.

(9)  And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.

(10)  And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.

(11)  And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give.

(12)  Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.

(13)  And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:

(14)  And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:

(15)  But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;

(16)  Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.

(17)  But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.

(18)  And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor’s son.

(19)  And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob’s daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father.

(20)  And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

(21)  These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.

(22)  Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.

(23)  Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.

(24)  And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.

(25)  And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.

(26)  And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went out.

(27)  The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.

(28)  They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,

(29)  And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.

(30)  And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.

(31)  And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?

 

 

Thought For This Chapter…

Taking matters into our own hands…

(13)  And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:

 

Certainly, Shechem’s rape of Dinah (note: the Heb word “defiled” in vs 2 implies force against one’s will) was not only a public shame and humiliation to Dinah and her family, but also a sin against God Himself.

However, instead of waiting for the Lord to avenge those who have sinned against them, two half-brothers of Dinah, Simeon and Levi, took vengeance into their own hands.  Through the use of deceit and trickery, they misled the city of Hamor, murdered all the men, took captive all the women and spoiled the entire city.

What was the end result of all of this “vengeance”?  They had destroyed the tewstimony of their family and opened them up to retribution at the hands of the ungodly nations surrounding them.   It was only God’s gracious intervention that the neighboring nations were restrained from doing them harm.

Oh, how important it is for each one of us to learn a lesson from this event recorded for our learning.   Instead of allowing feelings of bitterness and hatred to dominate our lives, we need to learn to allow the Lord to avenge whatever wrong may have been done to us!  He is the perfect judge, who can give out the appropriate judgement for any sin that may be committed against us…

 

Rom 12:19-20 KJV

(19)  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

(20)  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

 

Forgiveness

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDGenesis 33:4  And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

 

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 33 – Forgiveness

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Genesis Chapter 33:

 

Gen 33:1-20 KJV

(1)  And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.

(2)  And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.

(3)  And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

(4)  And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

(5)  And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.

(6)  Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

(7)  And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.

(8)  And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

(9)  And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

(10)  And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.

(11)  Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

(12)  And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.

(13)  And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.

(14)  Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.

(15)  And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.

(16)  So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.

(17)  And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

(18)  And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city.

(19)  And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for an hundred pieces of money.

(20)  And he erected there an altar, and called it Elelohe-Israel.

 

Thought For This Chapter…

Forgiveness…

(4)  And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

 

Here, Genesis 33:, Jacob’s brother, Esau, gives a wonderful example of merciful forgiveness in the face of deserved wrath.

Please keep in mind, from a human standpoint, Esau had some very good reasons to punish his brother Jacob.  Jacob had stolen from Esau both his birthright and his blessing.  With his birthright gave him a double-share of the family inheritance and placed him in a leadership position of the family.  With the blessing came his father’s words of encouragement and prophetic words concerning his inheritance and major future events in his life.  Both of these were deceitfully stolen from Esau by Jacob.

Esau’s great loss originally caused him to desire Jacob’s death (Gen 27:41), but eventually Esau was given a spirit of forgiveness from the Lord.  This allowed him to graciously humble himself to his brother who had so greatly wronged him.

What a wonderful example for each one of us to follow.  To be willing to forgive others even as Christ forgave us!  Just like Christ’s forgiveness of us, it should not matter what was done to us or how great our loss, when given the chance, we need to be willing to forgive others of their offenses against us.  It is one of the greatest ways we can put the love, mercy and grace of Christ on exhibit for others around us.

 

Col 3:12-14 KJV

(12)  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

(13)  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

(14)  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humble faith… this is perhaps the most wonderful gift that can be had by sinful mankind.  This type of faith is one that looks to the Lord for all things, realizing that without Him we can do nothing.  This is the type of faith that was strengthened as Jacob wrestled with the Angel (Christ Himself – vs 30) in our section of Scripture for today.

 

In this short account (Genesis 32:24-29), we find how the Lord builds our faith through the use of trials and other oppositions in our lives…

 

 

“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day”.

–        The Lord sends, or allows trials in our lives to build our faith that stems from humility.

 

“And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.”

–        This was an act that increased Jacob’s humility.  Although it APPEARED as if Jacob’s strength was overcoming the Lord, in actuality, the Lord was allowing Jacob to prevail over Him.  This was proven by the Lord throwing Jacob’s hip out of joint, disabling him and leaving Jacob with a permanent reminder of the need to humbly trust in Him no matter what opposition we may face

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“And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.”

–        Being humbled by the Lord only produced a greater faith in Jacob’s heart.

 

“And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.  And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”

–        Based upon Jacob’s increasing humble faith, his name was changed.  This change reflected he was no longer harmful to others as a “heel catcher”, but his life and testimony would be beneficial to others as he possessed power with God as a “prince with God”.

 

 

“And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.”

–        What began as a time of opposition and trial in Jacob’s life ended up being a time of great blessing for him and all of God’s people after him.

 

 

Through this event, we can see one of the greatest roles that life’s opposition play in our lives. … to grow our humble faith, developing a deeper trust in Christ as we recognize our total inability without Him…

 

 

Mar 9:24 KJV

(24)  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

 

 

 

 

Humble Faith

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTDMar 9:24 KJV

(24)  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

 

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 32- Humble Faith

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Genesis Chapter 32:

 

 

 

Gen 32:1-32 KJV

(1)  And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

(2)  And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.

(3)  And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

(4)  And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:

(5)  And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.

(6)  And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.

(7)  Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;

(8)  And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

(9)  And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:

(10)  I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.

(11)  Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.

(12)  And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

(13)  And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;

(14)  Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,

(15)  Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.

(16)  And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove.

(17)  And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these before thee?

(18)  Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob’s; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us.

(19)  And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him.

(20)  And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me.

(21)  So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.

(22)  And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.

(23)  And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.

(24)  And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

(25)  And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

(26)  And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

(27)  And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

(28)  And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

(29)  And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

(30)  And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

(31)  And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.

(32)  Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.

 

Thought For This Chapter…

Humble faith… this is perhaps the most wonderful gift that can be had by sinful mankind.  This type of faith is one that looks to the Lord for all things, realizing that without Him we can do nothing.  This is the type of faith that was strengthened as Jacob wrestled with the Angel (Christ Himself – vs 30) in our section of Scripture for today.

In this short account (Genesis 32:24-29), we find how the Lord builds our faith through the use of trials and other oppositions in our lives…

“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day”.

–        The Lord sends, or allows trials in our lives to build our faith that stems from humility.

 

“And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.”

–        This was an act that increased Jacob’s humility.  Although it APPEARED as if Jacob’s strength was overcoming the Lord, in actuality, the Lord was allowing Jacob to prevail over Him.  This was proven by the Lord throwing Jacob’s hip out of joint, disabling him and leaving Jacob with a permanent reminder of the need to humbly trust in Him no matter what opposition we may face

 

“And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.”

–        Being humbled by the Lord only produced a greater faith in Jacob’s heart.

 

“And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.  And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”

–        Based upon Jacob’s increasing humble faith, his name was changed.  This change reflected he was no longer harmful to others as a “heel catcher”, but his life and testimony would be beneficial to others as he possessed power with God as a “prince with God”.

 

“And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.”

–        What began as a time of opposition and trial in Jacob’s life ended up being a time of great blessing for him and all of God’s people after him.

 

Through this event, we can see one of the greatest roles that life’s opposition play in our lives. … to grow our humble faith, developing a deeper trust in Christ as we recognize our total inability without Him…

 

Mar 9:24 KJV

(24)  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

 

 

Remember and Trust

SIHs HALTAL ICON Master VOTD1Sa 12:24 – “Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.”

 

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A Walk Through The Bible – Genesis 31- Remember and Trust

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Genesis Chapter 31:

 

 

Gen 31:1-55 KJV

(1)  And he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory.

(2)  And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.

(3)  And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

(4)  And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,

(5)  And said unto them, I see your father’s countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.

(6)  And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.

(7)  And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.

(8)  If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.

(9)  Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.

(10)  And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.

(11)  And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.

(12)  And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.

(13)  I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.

(14)  And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house?

(15)  Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.

(16)  For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our children’s: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.

(17)  Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;

(18)  And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

(19)  And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father’s.

(20)  And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.

(21)  So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.

(22)  And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.

(23)  And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days’ journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.

(24)  And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

(25)  Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.

(26)  And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?

(27)  Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?

(28)  And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.

(29)  It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

(30)  And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father’s house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?

(31)  And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.

(32)  With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.

(33)  And Laban went into Jacob’s tent, and into Leah’s tent, and into the two maidservants’ tents; but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah’s tent, and entered into Rachel’s tent.

(34)  Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel’s furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.

(35)  And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.

(36)  And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?

(37)  Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.

(38)  This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.

(39)  That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.

(40)  Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.

(41)  Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.

(42)  Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.

(43)  And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born?

(44)  Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.

(45)  And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.

(46)  And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.

(47)  And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.

(48)  And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;

(49)  And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.

(50)  If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.

(51)  And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee;

(52)  This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.

(53)  The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.

(54)  Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.

(55)  And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.

 

Thought For This Chapter…

Throughout the Bible, our God gives Himself many different names.  One of the more interesting of His self-given names is found in verse 13 of our text…

“I am the God of Bethel” – vs 13a

Why did Jehovah give this name to Himself?…

This was done in an effort to remind Jacob of a specific experience that Jacob had with Jehovah.  It was at Bethel that Jacob received one of the greatest prophecies of the coming Messiah.  Christ was pictured by a ladder reaching to heaven giving sinful mankind access to God through Him.

In response to receiving this wonderful, unique, prophetic dream, Jacob worshipped Jehovah and made a vow to trust Him, to be willing follow His leadership, and to, by faith, travel to an unknown place.  In response to Jehovah’s care of him, Jacob would recognize these blessings and give back to Jehovah as He had commanded.

Jacob wanted this great event to never be forgotten by mankind.  Therefore, he left an everlasting remembrance of this event, as he changed the name of this city to “Bethel” or “the House of God”… it was the place where God appeared to, dwelt with, and greatly blessed him.

 

What a wonderful event for Jacob to remember, just prior to Jehovah giving Jacob a command to…   “arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.” – vs 13c

 

This is a great lesson from which we all can learn… the greatest encouragement to take a step of faith now, and in the future, is based upon His wonderful past blessings.   David had learned this same lesson and put it into practice when he said, prior to fighting the giant Goliath…

 

1 Sam 17:37 – “David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”

 

 

 

Folks, may we all be like these great saints of old and use our past experiences of God’s gracious blessings and care to give us confidence as we take future steps of faith for Him…

 

1Sa 12:24 – “Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.”