Genesis 49-50, Matthew 13

Genesis 49:9-10
9 Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? 10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.

This is a prophetic word about the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus would come through the lineage of Judah. In the fifth chapter of the book of Revelation, Jesus is referred to as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

Genesis 49:33
33 And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.

I have been thinking a lot about death lately, realizing how temporal this life is in contrast with how eternal the soul is. Paul speaks of our bodies as being nothing more than a temporary dwelling place for our souls, ‘a tent’ he calls it. The older I get, and the more I realize how little life on this earth has to offer, the more I long for heaven. I love how Moses describes the death of Jacob, “he breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.”

Genesis 50:15
15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.”

They certainly underestimated the mighty and loving man of God that Joseph was.

Genesis 50:19-20
19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

There is a lot of evil in the world, and there are a lot of people who intend evil towards us, ‘but God’, two of the greatest words in the bible, is able to take what others mean for evil and turn it out for good. Joseph was a great man because of his love and trust in God. I desire to be such a man who trusts in the providential hand of God the way that Joseph did.

Matthew 13:16-17
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

I love the thought that in Jesus we experience things that many prophets and righteous men longed to experience, but didn’t this side of heaven. They certainly are experiencing Jesus now, in ways far greater than we are, face to face, ways we will experience in the life to come. Come Lord Jesus come!

Matthew 13:23
23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

I want to be a ‘hundredfold’ producing Christian, how about you?

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