February 20, 2019

THE GENEALOGY OF JACOB

Chapter 37 zeroed in on Joseph, the son of Rachel who died on the way to Bethlehem when she was giving birth to his brother, Benjamin. It reads “Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.  This is the history of Jacob.  Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.

From the scripture above we could see problems grooming in the family of Jacob. Joseph was reporting the bad behavior of his brothers to their father. This sort of report would put Joseph in a delicate position which would make his brothers hate him. Jacob also showed so much love to Joseph that he bought him a tunic of many colors. This brought more envy and jealousy between the brothers. I hope parents can learn from this episode. How can you, a parent, show favoritism among your children?  What do we expect to go through the minds of the other children?. We are more or less telling them that they are not wanted, when they were not responsible for bringing themselves to the world. I think Jacob went too far by making a coat of many colors for him. Was it to identify him or what? There was a case of a family with two boys in the US which I read in a paper where the parents preferred one to the other because one was very brilliant and eventually became a lawyer or medical doctor (I can’t remember) while the second was an artist. He overheard the plan of his parents to will all they had to this brilliant son. This second son then decided to kill his brother, and this he carried out and at the time we were reading about it he was heading to jail waiting for his own execution. The parents lost the two sons because of the hatred they created between them. We need to be very careful in the way we deal with each other. When you open any door for flesh to rear its ugly head, Satan will come in full force and help to kill and destroy all.

All the evils we witness today are the works of flesh. Let us read Galatians 5:19-21 which says “ Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Envy, jealousy, bitterness, and the others are the causes of the murders in our society. The more we allow the works of flesh to take root in our lives, the more the kingdom of Hell is being populated. We must take to the advice in the verses that says “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:16-18). To walk in the Spirit means to ask God to fill us with his Spirit so that we can manifest the following fruit of the Spirit which  are  “love, joy, peace ,longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self control, All these are virtues which are displayed through us from the Holy Spirit.

Back to the house of Jacob, it was the intervention of God that prevented murder from taking place. As we will continue from this chapter tomorrow we will again see the faithfulness of God to Jacob as He had promised him never to leave him nor forsake him until He fulfills all His plan concerning him. So we also are in the plan of God and His plan for us are good and not evil and they are to give us future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). The Lord will bless us as we continue reading His Word in Jesus, Amen. 

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