Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jacob's Death

Genesis 49:29-50:13

It is so interesting to look at our children and see as they mature the different choices they make.  For example, there comes a day when our children understand that they just can't grab a toy out of a playmate's hands.  We can do the same thing with ourselves and see how we've matured.  I can look back on my life and see past decisions or actions and know that I would have done it differently today.  Both experience and growing in my faith has taught me wisdom over the years and they will continue to do so for many more years.  So, twenty years from now, I will probably look back on this era and see some things that I would do differently than I am currently doing.  We can look back on the many chapters we have explored of Jacob's life and say similar things for him as well.  Please read Jacob's last requests in Genesis 49:29-50:13.

There are things in his last statements that show us more of his faith and wisdom.  When we first get to know Jacob, he used deception to get what he wanted - the birthright and the blessing of his father.  However, he grew a lot on his journey to Laban's home and had an amazing experience with God.  Being at Laban's home taught him endurance and staying put until God released him.  He married Leah and Rachel and favored Rachel.  In these verses, we see that Jacob learned to honor Leah as his first wife even though Laban had originally tricked him.

He dictated to his sons that he was to be buried with his father and grandfather and told them that Leah was buried there.  This is significant because notice in Genesis 49 that he pointed out to his sons that Abraham and his wife Sarah were there as well as Isaac and his wife Rebekah.  He was showing his sons that he recognized Leah as the wife that was to be buried with him in this burial site.  So, we can see that at some point between Laban's deception and Jacob's death that he learned to accept that God had made Leah his first wife and he honored that.

Just the fact that Jacob insisted on being brought back to Canaan for his burial shows once again how deep his trust and belief in God's promises was.  It was reclaiming the land in the presence of his sons.  It was a reminder that they didn't need to settle where they were at, they could have great hope in the promise that God had given their family.  I know that the longer we walk with God, the more we grow in faith and wisdom and the more we are able to accept that God knows what is best for us.  The longer we walk with God, the more we stake our claim in the promises He has given to us as His children.  The longer we walk with God the more we understand that we have a heavenly home that is waiting for us at the proper time.

Keep walking this incredible journey with God and be encouraged that we have great promises!

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