Thursday, December 27, 2012

Reader's Choice #2

This week I'm taking a look at some of the most popular posts from this year.  I will resume with Matthew next week.

This post surprised me that it was one of the most visited posts of the year.  This was near the end of my Genesis study and I really felt God leading me to ask questions more than give you my thoughts.  One of the things that really struck me during my study of Genesis was Jacob's faith.  He had been through a lot, but He chose to believe the promises God told him and that shaped the decisions he made for the rest of his life.

The Blessing of the Twelve Tribes

Genesis 49:1-28

The verses I am looking at today are so interesting because they are the blessing that Jacob places on each of his sons.  Verse 28 tells us that each one received an appropriate blessing.  In all honesty, I could spend an entire post on some of the blessings and how prophetic they are; however, I don't think that is where I should be going.  (You can now breath a sigh of relief.)  Instead, please read through these verses for yourself.  Some of you have been journeying throughout Genesis with me and have read through Jacob's life and can probably recognize some of the things Jacob mentions in his blessings.  What I would love to do today is ask a few questions for you to reflect on personally:

  • How do you see past decisions of Jacob's sons play a role in their future blessing?
  • How much prophecy do you read in these blessings?
  • Looking at Judah's blessing, there is a lot of prophecy not only about Judah's descendants.  Who was Jacob referring to in the blessing?
  • What do these blessings tell us about Jacob's faith?
Reflect on these verses and be blessed!  We see in these verses that right until his dying breath, Jacob's faith in God was unwavering.

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