GENESIS CHAPTERS 45-47

by Under Grace and Mercy

SUMMARY OF BIBLE STUDY:

Genesis 45

God has a plan for our lives and no matter what happens, it is all for our good. Whatever part someone is playing in your life is ordained by God and we need to see the bigger picture so we can deal with the situation with understanding. Forgiveness opens doors for us. The only way we can make God forget our sins is through repentance as there is nothing hidden under the sun. Joseph always acknowledged his maker in all his endeavours. Even though Joseph had forgiven his brothers, they could not forgive themselves or they found it difficult to receive his forgiveness. During Abraham’s time, prior to him having any children, God had Joseph in mind. He told Abraham, his descendants would go into slavery for 400 years. Even then, God had planned Joseph’s part in all this. Joseph became known all over the world and became the reason for the salvation of the whole world based on the revelations God had given to him. There is always a dry brook before promotion. When we face challenges, it is a season of purification which God is taking us through but if we can see the bigger picture, we will be able to go through our seasons with wisdom. Knowing God is passing through the fire (Isaiah 43:2) with us gives us the necessary grace to go through with confidence. God will make us a showpiece for the world to see. We will not need to share our testimonies because the world will see them through our lives in Jesus name, Amen. So, let us go through our challenges with wisdom, constantly seeking His face for direction and walking in obedience to his instructions. Because he knows the end from the beginning, it is simply common sense to follow His leadings as he knows the best route for us to take. Later in Exodus, we will read how He took the Israelites by a specific way, even though longer because He didn’t want them to face wars and be afraid. He knows our form and knows what is best for us, however, we need to trust in Him with all our hearts and lean not on our understanding, in all our ways, we need to acknowledge him and he will direct our steps (Proverbs 3:5).

Genesis 46

By offering a sacrifice to God, Jacob compelled God to come to Him with the answers he required to the dilemma he was facing. Your gift will always make room for you (Proverbs 18:16). God spoke with Jacob in a vision. Visions are still relevant today. When God called Jacob, his response was “Here I am”. May we be sensitive to hear His voice calling us and may we be quick to respond “here I am” in Jesus name, Amen. The fruitfulness of Abraham’s seed is highlighted here with the number of people who went down to Egypt with Jacob. Even with the high position God had brought Joseph into, he still showed the utmost respect for his father.  We must not be unequally yoked with unbelievers as their beliefs and lifestyle may not conform to the image of what God expects of us. We need to be wary about the friends we keep and ensure our close relationships always edify and draw us closer to our Maker. Though Jacob and his family all went down to Egypt, God had promised they would come out at the appointed time. Whatever Egypt we may find ourselves in today, we need to realize it is not forever. There is a day of reckoning when we will be brought out by the Lord even if it has to be with a strong arm. You cannot serve God faithfully and not be a force to be reckoned with. The envy will always come when God starts to lift us up. People will be angry when we do not stay where they expect us to be or when we start to excel above them. Jesus knew who Judas was but still kept him very close.

Genesis 47

Joseph’s previous experiences, first in Potiphar’s house, then in the prison prepared him for the work he was called to do in the palace. Because he had inculcated a spirit of excellence along the way in these previous positions, he could flow with that same spirit as second in command to Pharaoh. Where we are right now is a pointer to where the Lord is taking us. Let us learn the lessons in this place so when we come into the destiny He has organised for us even from the foundations of the earth we will know what to do and be capable of doing it all very well. God used Joseph to gain so much wealth for Pharaoh, as 20% of the lands produce belonged to Pharaoh. The lessons we are learning now will bring us into a place of abundance in all areas in the future He has prepared for us.

 

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GENESIS CHAPTERS 45-50

by Under Grace and Mercy

SUMMARY OF BIBLE STUDY

Genesis 45

God has a plan for our lives and no matter what happens, it is all for our good. Whatever part someone is playing in your life is ordained by God and we need to see the bigger picture so we can deal with the situation with understanding. Forgiveness opens doors for us. The only way we can make God forget our sins is through repentance as there is nothing hidden under the sun. Joseph always acknowledged his maker in all his endeavours. Even though Joseph had forgiven his brothers, they could not forgive themselves or they found it difficult to receive his forgiveness. During Abraham’s time, prior to him having any children, God had Joseph in mind. He told Abraham, his descendants would go into slavery for 400 years. Even then, God had planned Joseph’s part in all this. Joseph became known all over the world and became the reason for the salvation of the whole world based on the revelations God had given to him. There is always a dry brook before promotion. When we face challenges, it is a season of purification which God is taking us through but if we can see the bigger picture, we will be able to go through our seasons with wisdom. Knowing God is passing through the fire (Isaiah 43:2) with us gives us the necessary grace to go through with confidence. God will make us a showpiece for the world to see. We will not need to share our testimonies because the world will see them through our lives in Jesus name, Amen. So, let us go through our challenges with wisdom, constantly seeking His face for direction and walking in obedience to his instructions. Because he knows the end from the beginning, it is simply common sense to follow His leadings as he knows the best route for us to take. Later in Exodus, we will read how He took the Israelites by a specific way, even though longer because He didn’t want them to face wars and be afraid. He knows our form and knows what is best for us, however, we need to trust in Him with all our hearts and lean not on our understanding, in all our ways, we need to acknowledge him and he will direct our steps (Proverbs 3:5).

Genesis 46

By offering a sacrifice to God, Jacob compelled God to come to Him with the answers he required to the dilemma he was facing. Your gift will always make room for you (Proverbs 18:16). God spoke with Jacob in a vision. Visions are still relevant today. When God called Jacob, his response was “Here I am”. May we be sensitive to hear His voice calling us and may we be quick to respond “here I am” in Jesus name, Amen. The fruitfulness of Abraham’s seed is highlighted here with the number of people who went down to Egypt with Jacob. Even with the high position God had brought Joseph into, he still showed the utmost respect for his father.  We must not be unequally yoked with unbelievers as their beliefs and lifestyle may not conform to the image of what God expects of us. We need to be wary about the friends we keep and ensure our close relationships always edify and draw us closer to our Maker. Though Jacob and his family all went down to Egypt, God had promised they would come out at the appointed time. Whatever Egypt we may find ourselves in today, we need to realize it is not forever. There is a day of reckoning when we will be brought out by the Lord even if it has to be with a strong arm. You cannot serve God faithfully and not be a force to be reckoned with. The envy will always come when God starts to lift us up. People will be angry when we do not stay where they expect us to be or when we start to excel above them. Jesus knew who Judas was but still kept him very close.

Genesis 47

Joseph’s previous experiences, first in Potiphar’s house, then in the prison prepared him for the work he was called to do in the palace. Because he had inculcated a spirit of excellence along the way in these previous positions, he could flow with that same spirit as second in command to Pharaoh. God used Joseph to gain so much wealth for Pharaoh and till today, what Joseph set up in Egypt is still in practice today as 20% of the lands produce belongs to Pharaoh. This is proof that the Bible is real.

Genesis 48

God knows what the bigger picture is and there are no mistakes in our future with Him. Our destinies are in the hands of God but like Jabez, we can cry out to God for a change. Gods’ ways are not our ways. The names we call our children matter. That is either the names we have given them at birth or the labels we put on them in anger. We can be the last, but we can choose to be the first. Ephraim got the blessing but later lost it. What makes God God? He will choose the foolish things to confound the wise. The stone the builders rejected he will install as the capstone. We can never look down on anyone. Joseph, by the world was subjected to wear several garments till his word came and the king sent for him and loosed him. When his word came, he wore the garment ordained by God for him. He wore the garments put on him by the King of Kings. When the hand of God is on our lives and we submit to Him, there is no limit as to where He will take us. The world tends to define us by what they see but we should not define our lives based on our circumstances but on what God’s word says we are. We have learnt about the Jews previously who never say anything negative about their situations, but only speak what Gods word says about them. This should also be our modus operandi in every situation we may face. May God grant us grace to see our situations the way He sees them and declare same over our lives in Jesus name, Amen.

Genesis 49

It is a gift from God for a parent to be opportuned to call their children together prior to their exiting this world to pronounce a blessing upon them. Even in death, we see Leah was compensated as she was buried where Isaac wanted to be buried and where his ancestors were buried. Jacob’s relationship with God enabled him to speak a relevant blessing on each child. Accountability for our actions is important as this has disqualified some from obtaining the prize. Reuben’s sin was not forgiven and resulted in him loosing the blessing of the first born, which was passed on to Judah, because Simeon and Levi also lost out. Eventually we see, Judah’s seed became the lineage through which Jesus Christ came into this world.

Genesis 50

Joseph’s kindness is shown towards his brothers with a confirmation of his forgiveness of their previous acts towards him. We need to learn to forgive those who have hurt us as if we do not forgive, God cannot forgive us. It also hurts God when we ask Him for forgiveness and cannot accept the forgiveness He has given to us.

 

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GENESIS CHAPTERS 40-44

by Under Grace and Mercy

SUMMARY OF BIBLE STUDY

Genesis 40
Gods ways are not our ways. Joseph’s purpose is being revealed daily. We need to realize past events in our lives happened for a reason. We may not see the purpose now for whatever we may be going through but eventually it will be revealed. Despite what Joseph went through, he was not self-centered and showed concern for others. We see the significance of dreams and need to be conscious that dreams have meaning and God is the giver of interpretations of same. Irrespective of whatever we may be going through, we need to show love to our brethren. No matter where we may find ourselves, because we are children of God, where we are is where we are meant to be and God will give us wisdom to go through whatever we need to face. Man will always forget the things he has promised you, but God will never forget His promises and will fulfill what he has purposed in our lives. We must not let the actions of others stop our love walk. We need to hold on to the promises of God and meditate on them till we see the manifestation. The Bible tells us the word tried him till his word came. We cannot help God in the fulfillment of his promises to us. We cannot expect man to help us where God has located us for a season. At the appointed time, the Lord will orchestrate events to bring about our release. The final verse shows Joseph was still looking up to man to bring about his release. Flesh will always fail.

Genesis 41
It took the chief cupbearer 2 years to remember Joseph. May the Lord cause those who will favour us to remember us in Jesus name, Amen. God gave Pharaoh the dream. When our time of release comes, God will cause events to take place that will fulfill his purpose in our lives. This is an indication of God’s providence and will over our lives. In the book of Esther, the king could not sleep, because he had to favour Mordecai. God will ensure those who need to favour us will remember us for good in Jesus name Amen. Till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true. The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free. Ps 105:19-20. Joseph humbled himself and did not take the glory for knowing the interpretation of the dream. Joseph did not just come with the interpretation of the dream but also came with answers, revelation and wisdom from God on how best to address the situation. With the wisdom that was displayed through Joseph, even an unbeliever had to acknowledge the hand of God on Joseph. When we come with the wisdom of God into a situation unbelievers will acknowledge the hand of God on our lives. The Bible tells us exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another. Ps 75:6-7. Pharaoh said in looking for a wise and discerning man, there was non other than Joseph. We need to stay on course with the Lord and obey his commands. We must make the best of every situation and stay away from murmuring and complaining.  Father, grant us grace to see the bigger picture within our present circumstances in Jesus name, Amen. Even in a place of seeming suffering, God can make us fruitful. God gives dreams to allow us turn the situation around through prayer, i.e. a good dream should be prayed through for a manifestation and a bad dream should be prayed through to cancel any negativity. Many times, we disregard our dreams, but we need to be sensitive to what God may be saying through them. Sometimes, we share our dreams because we want to take the glory for what God may be doing, either in our lives or in the lives of others.  We always need to check our motives in these situations and be true to ourselves. Pharaoh gave Joseph a new name Zaphenath-Paneah which means God lives and Josephs God speaks. Joseph’s promotion from the Lord resulted in him being placed in a position of authority even above the one who threw him into prison. Knowing we are children of God and knowing the authority we carry as same, an inner strength comes to enable us face whatever challenges we may need to go through. Whatever your gift is, it will always make room for you. God created the situation for Joseph to be uplifted and for God to receive the glory.

Genesis 42
When God says vengeance is mine, He literally means it. When he rewards you for the hurt and pain you have been subjected to by others, He always does it in such a big way. The Bible tells us He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies Ps 23:5. Even as Joseph had seen in his dreams, his brothers bowing before him, this was manifested several times within this chapter. Joseph did not act on impulse when his brothers came into his presence but remained calm and took the situation in hand, utilizing the wisdom from above to handle the situation. Although Joseph had been sold into slavery by his brothers so many years ago, the impact of their actions were still haunting them and they attributed their heartlessness towards their brother as the reason why they were being punished. There will always be an accounting for our actions.

Genesis 43
Jacob proceeded to negotiate with his sons and probably with his own heart, when the decision to take Benjamin came up. Whatever situation we may find ourselves in, we need to ask for the mercy of God to take over. The guilt of their previous actions caused them to misinterpret the reason they were brought into Joseph’s house. As he saw again in his dreams, there was a manifestation when his brothers bowed to him several times. We see through the life of Joseph the different coats he had to wear. First he wore the coat of many colours  and enjoyed his father’s favour, then he wore the garments of a slave as Potiphar’s servant, then he wore prison garbs as a prisoner and finally he wore the coat ordained for him, even from the foundations of the earth by God as the second in command in Egypt, preserving the lives of all humanity throughout the whole world. At every point in time, his destiny was certain no matter what he wore. The garments we wear or which we are made to wear by others does not represent who we are. There is a bigger picture concerning where God wants to take us. Eph 2:10 tell us “for we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Jeremiah 33:11 says ” For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We must return to that destination God has for us. No one has the power to change that destination. The path may be rocky but God will always be God. People came from all over the world to buy food from Egypt.

Genesis 44
Joseph showed commendable self control while dealing with his brothers. The very worst thing that could happen to the sons of Jacob was for Benjamin to be found with the “stolen” cup. Sibling rivalry is created when one child is favoured over and above others. We should not be moved by what we see but by what God is saying. Jacob recounted his son had been torn to pieces by a wild animal. May God give us a forgiving heart similar to that of Joseph’s in Jesus name, Amen. In the last few verses, we see Judah, offering his life for his brother Benjamin’s life. This they were not prepared to do when Joseph was sold into slavery. God willingly gave his best because he loved us, how much of ourselves are we willing to give our brothers and sisters. We are commanded to love the Lord with all our hearts and to love our neighbour as ourselves. These are the greatest commandments.

 

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GENESIS CHAPTERS 35-36

by Under Grace and Mercy

SUMMARY OF BIBLE STUDY

Genesis 35
God brought Jacob’s vow back to his remembrance. Every time Jacob had an encounter with God he put up a landmark in that place of encounter. Bethel was the initial place of Jacob’s encounter with God and he was sent back there by the Lord. There is always a place we can go to meet with God, whenever we need direction; we need to go back to our individual Bethel’s to seek His face and direction. Whenever we face challenges, our Bethel is the first place to go.  Every time we have an encounter with God, a dramatic change is the ultimate result. We can never remain the same again. Whenever we have an encounter with God, we need to note it down as these notes are things we will refer back to, whenever challenges come to contest what God said. The testimonies of our past will always bring encouragement to us for the current challenges we may be facing as we tend to forget what God has done in the past when we are facing a new set of circumstances. The Bible tells us to write the vision on tables and make it plain so that a herald may run with it. (Habakkuk 2:2). Even though we are children of God, we are not exempt from troubles but how we deal with these when they do come is what is key. Jacob must have known some of his household members were still serving foreign gods as he told them to purify themselves for them to be able to move on to the next place God had ordained for them. The sons of Jacob were protected because of Jacob. As the one (Jacob) standing in the gap, protecting his family the terror of God fell on all those around them. May the terror of God fall on all those who mean us harm in Jesus name Amen. When we are walking in obedience to the will of God, no one will be able to hurt us. The Bible tells us when a man’s ways please the Lord he makes even his enemies live at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7). God met again with Jacob after he had obeyed him and confirmed his covenant with him. He also confirmed his change of name, which confirmed God’s sovereignty over his life and God blessed him. The consequences of the curse pronounced by Jacob over whoever took Laban’s household gods is seen in this chapter with Rachel dying in child birth. The importance of names is also highlighted with Jacob changing his son’s name from Ben-Oni (son of my trouble) to Benjamin (son of my right hand). Jacob in effect refused a negative destiny for his son by making this name change. The Bible tells us Rueben went in and slept with Rachel’s nurse and his father’s concubine, Bilhah. Later in the Bible we will be reading about Absalom who on the advise of Ahitophel slept with his father, David’s concubines in full view of all Israel, so they may know he had made a stench of himself before his father. We are also told in several cases that on the death of a man, his first son would inherit all his father’s concubines as his own. Reuben exposed his father’s nakedness and stepped out to take what was not rightfully his at that time. We need to ensure we do not attempt to go before God in taking what he has already purposed for us as this can bring troubles or loss of that thing we are looking up to him for. We cannot help God fulfill his word. We always have to walk in obedience to his will and within his timing. May we never go ahead of God in our eagerness to enter into our destiny in Jesus name, Amen. Habakkuk 2:3 tells us “For the vision awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” He is the one who gave the vision and He is more than able to bring it to pass. The Bible tells us He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

Genesis 36
As Esau was not the one to inherit the blessing, he had to move out of the land of Canaan. The Amalekites,  descendants of Esau through one of his Canaanite wives became one of the chief enemies of the children of Israel.  Esau’s wives were descendants of Ham who exposed his father’s nakedness and was cursed. We see later in the Bible how God commanded Saul to totally destroy Amalek and literally wipe them off the face of the earth. The destinies of Jacob and Esau were determined even before they were born. God told Jeremiah (1:5), before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; and appointed you as a Prophet to the nations. He raised Pharaoh to display His power in him that God’s name will be proclaimed through all the earth (Romans 9:17). Esau also married the daughter of Ishmael, so the words spoken over Ishmael followed through into the lives of  his descendants, furthermore, the word of God says in Romans 9:13, Jacob I loved but Esau I hated.  We see from the alliances Esau made and what had been decreed about him before he was born, that he was doomed for destruction. We need to be wary about the alliances we form with people and we need to ask for discernment whenever we form alliances, even business partnerships.  Once you are born again, the generational curses no longer have a hold on your life, however, knowledge of your location in Christ is key. The Bible tells us, “my people perish for lack of knowledge”. (Hosea 4:6) May we know where we stand in Christ in Jesus name, Amen. Walking in the knowledge of the truth of the word of God sets us free from every form of bondage. We have dominion and authority over the powers of darkness however, if we do not know the power we carry, we will live below our potential. As a child of God, we need not fear anything. There is a need to search for the root cause of every trouble and once that information has been received, we are assured of the victory. It is through His word we learn what truth is and through His word we hear Him speak to us, showing us the way forward. We need to ask God for discernment on what and how to fight the battles we are confronted with. Once we are born again, we bear his mark and nothing can hurt us. It is the truth we know that will set us free. Your past has no hold over you when you are in Christ. There are things in us, attitudes, character flaws and beliefs that we need to renounce because God is sovereign. There is a place for our past, present and future in the word of God. The word of God is our sword and our strength. It is the light of our lives and without His word, we cannot walk the path he has laid out for us.

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GENESIS CHAPTERS 31-34

by Under Grace and Mercy

SUMMARY OF BIBLE STUDY HELD ON 13-02-08

Genesis 31
God spoke to Jacob in a dream and caused him to see his provision. What are we seeing? As long as we can see the image of what God has promised us through His word, we will have that thing. Jacob experienced the favour of God in a place of adversity. Jacob had to see what he wanted based on what Laban said were his wages. God caused a multiplication of what Jacob had and this resulted in him having exceedingly abundantly above that of Laban’s. God is more than able to multiply whatever we have in hand. Lord, open our eyes to see what is ours and multiply the effect in our lives in Jesus name, Amen.  God confirmed who He was to Jacob and reminded him of his vow for the Lord to be his God.  Laban was not fair to Jacob and Jacob had to take his freedom by force. The fear of man caused Jacob to deceive Laban by not telling him they were leaving. We cannot have any alternatives when we are serving God. We cannot serve two masters; we cannot serve God and mammon. Rachel by taking her Father’s household gods was taking along an alternative. I quote a man of God, “….Can you make one eye to look up and the other to look down, don’t claim to be looking up to God when you are looking up to man”.  The enemy will always try to hold people in a place of bondage. Although Laban had the power to harm Jacob, he knew he could not because God had warned him in a dream. God can communicate with anyone even an unbeliever. The Bible tells us the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord and like rivers of water, he turns it wherever he pleases. The enemy will use all sorts of tactics to keep us in a place of bondage on our way to our land of promise. When the time comes to leave, it is both a mind battle and a spiritual battle. Jacob moved by faith from where he was to where God was leading him. The devil tries to put fear and suggestions to us that we are better off where we are. We have to press forward by faith to attain to our high calling. Even with the number of years Jacob worked with Laban, he was still claiming the flock, children and sons as his. A time will come when the enemy will have to give up on you. With Jesus, it happened for a season after the temptations in the wilderness. Our response should always be with the word of God which is the most powerful tool to counteract all his attacks. Every opposition against us entering into God’s best for us has to let us go in Jesus name, Amen. The words we speak or those spoken by people in authority over us carry a lot of weight. Jacob put a curse on whoever stole anything belonging to Laban and this resulted later in the death of Rachael. Jacob acknowledged God as his source, even in the face of adversity.

Genesis 32
Jacob realised he was not just wrestling with just any man because he knew the man had the ability to bless him. To get that blessing he tenaciously held on even with his physical handicap. When we need direction to hear from God on the way to go, we need to get alone in a quiet place, away from all the noise. Jacob got what he wanted and more from God. Our God will always do exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond that which we could ever ask, think or imagine when we are walking in obedience. Jacob was confirmed an overcomer both with man and with God. In every situation we face in life, we need to be sensitive to know what God is saying. In the dark places we need to remind God of His promises to us and He will always confirm His word.  He is not a man who should lie, nor the son of man who would repent. Many times, those things we are afraid of are simply afraid of us. Jacob did not deny his fears, but communicated them to the Lord. Our fears concerning the challenges we face are usually just the devil trying to ensure we do not reach that place the Lord has ordained for us. Satan will go all out to ensure we do not attain to our destiny, but, as we are not unaware of his devices, we will always triumph because our God always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus. When our ways please God, he makes even our enemies to be at peace with us. We now see a changed man in Jacob, who depends on God and not on his cunning ways.

Chapter 33
Jacob appears to still doubt the sincerity of Esau and was not sure of Esau’s forgiveness. Trust has to be built over time. A man’s gift will always make room for him.

Chapter 34
Jacob kept silent when he heard what had been done and may possibly have been pondering on what course of action to take. His sons however decided to take the matter into their own hands and chose the route of violence. This is a common response to issues and is almost always the wrong way. This chapter is typical of responses in the Old Testament to issues – an eye for an eye….. while in the New Testament, we are taught that vengeance belongs to the Lord. The gates of a city represent a place where elders come to take decisions and a place of authority. The gates are also access when the enemy raids a city. The gates are therefore a place where destinies are changed/transformed. The Bible tells us their words seemed good in the eyes of Hamor and his son Shechem. Everything that looks good may not be in our best interest. We need to be discerning about the things we hear from people.

 

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GENESIS CHAPTERS 25-30

by Under Grace and Mercy


SUMMARY OF BIBLE STUDY HELD ON 06-02-08

Genesis 25
God is a God that says something and does what He says. He is a God of covenant. As He had promised Abraham he would have many children, we see the fulfillment of the word in this chapter. To keep his home in order, Abraham sent the children of his concubines away from his son Isaac with gifts, as the inheritance /blessing belonged only to the child of promise. After the death of Abraham, who lived to a good old age and was full of years, God blessed his son Isaac conferring the blessing of Abraham on him as it had been decreed before his birth. According to the prophecy declared about Ishmael in Chapter 16:12, he lived in hostility/opposition towards his brethren. The same challenges Abraham and Sarah faced with child bearing are seen in the lives of Isaac and Rebekah, however, when Isaac prayed God answered. We need to deal with recurring generational issues as soon as possible. When Isaac prayed, he broke the curse of barrenness off his wife’s life. Whatever challenges we have been through need to stop with us and cannot be passed on to our children. The importance of asking when we don’t understand our situation is highlighted in the life of Rebekah with an expectation of an answer to her questions. Rebekah received insight concerning her children from God. In answer to Rebekah’s enquiry, God confirmed what had been predestined concerning her sons; the younger would serve the older. The Bible tells us, in Jeremiah, 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart. … May we all know and understand the purpose for our being and fulfill destiny as God intended in Jesus name, Amen and may we have the foresight to enquire of the Lord concerning the future and destiny of our children. The importance of the names we give our children is again highlighted in the life of Jacob, (which means he grasps the heel or deceives). Esau is also seen in this chapter as one who had no regard for his birthright as he “sold his birthright to his brother for a morsel of meat.”

Genesis 26
We are all partakers in the promise because of Abraham. Despite God’s promise to care for him, Isaac was still fearful and lied about his relationship with his wife claiming she was his sister. Whenever we try to give God a helping hand we tend to mess things up. God promised he would bless Isaac, and he did. God will make our enemies or those in opposition to us to be at peace with us in Jesus name, Amen. Wherever we are sent by God, He will always ensure the necessary provision is available. Isaac is reported to have become so wealthy that the Philistine’s envied him. His wealth came about because God blessed him. We see here Abimelech who contended with Isaac, recognizing the hand of God in his life and acknowledging same, requesting a covenant be cut between them, because they saw clearly the Lord was with Isaac. Abimelech was an unbeliever who acknowledged this fact. May everyone see clearly that the Lord is with us in this year of new beginnings in Jesus name, Amen. May the Lord make room for us and cause us to flourish in the land in Jesus name, Amen.

Chapter 27
The Bible tells us Jacob was loved by Rebekah and Esau was loved by Isaac. When Isaac became old, it was only natural for him to choose to pronounce the blessing on his first born son. In the previous chapter, God had told Rebekah the younger would serve the older and in Romans 9:13 it is reported that “Jacob have I loved and Esau hated”, based on election prior to their birth. Could it be that Isaac was not aware of what had been predestined concerning his sons? When Jacob came deceptively to receive the blessing which Isaac intended for Esau, he obviously had his doubts but chose to continue with the pronunciation of the blessing. When we know God’s character, we will know how to court Him.

Chapter 28
This chapter begins with the blessing of Abraham being passed on to Jacob by Isaac. When Jacob reached Bethel, he had his first reported encounter with God and raised an Altar. Bethel means the house of God. Jacob prayed for protection and provision. We need to come to an agreement with the plans God has for us and be willing to follow same.  At Bethel, God confirmed the blessing of Abraham on the life of Jacob. God will speak to us however he can, through dreams, visions, His word, circumstances and people. God is with us wherever we go.

Chapter 29
The seeds of deception Jacob had sown in the past were now reaped with the treatment he received from his uncle Laban. What we sow in this life we will ultimately reap, be it good or bad.  Whenever we are in competition/contention with others, it is important we pray for the success of that person as the law of sowing and reaping will also be in effect. We need to pray the blessing of God on that person and not get into bitterness. Because Leah was rejected, she was constantly striving for acceptance. When she gave birth to Judah, she made a commitment to praise the Lord. In every adverse situation we find ourselves, we must ensure our praises to God remain a constant.

Chapter 30
In Jacob’s household, there was a lot of strife and competition taking place because of one man. This resulted in strife among the children and is evident in many families today. When in competition, they used their slaves, mandrakes etc to get what they wanted. How far are we willing to go to get what we want?  Strife and contention have never brought peace and never will. When we sow seeds of love we will always see a manifestation of good because love conquers all. When Rachel bargained with Leah for her son’s mandrakes, Leah gave birth to Issachar and the Bible tells us later, the sons of Issachar had an understanding of the times. There is a place for individuality where we look out for ourselves. Rachael was satisfied with the love of Jacob until she realized she was barren. We have a stake in what happens in our lives and need to deal with any generational issues so they do not come up again down our line. Jacob kept the peeled branches before the eyes of the flock and this influenced their imagination to produce accordingly. What have we placed before our eyes and what are we seeing. Are we seeing as the Lord sees or are we looking at the circumstances we are facing. God told Abraham all the land that you see, I will give to you … How far are we seeing. May the Lord grant us grace to see as He sees in Jesus name amen.

Yomi Sho-Silva

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