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God Has a Blessing for You!!!

June 25, 2012

One of my most favorite passages of scripture in the Old Testament can found in the book of Genesis. In the passage, Jacob, one of the Patriarchs of Israel prophetically blesses his twelve sons. Jacob (“heel” or “leg-puller”) who is later called Israel (“persevere with God”) has lived an extremely tumultuous life. This is how He describes His life when Joseph presents Him to Pharaoh. “And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.” Gen. 47:9

So, we find Jacob at the end of His pilgrimage, in fact we are all pilgrims traveling through a barren land. I like the old gospel song “This world is not my home, I’m just a stranger traveling through” Abraham, Issac and Jacob all understood this, “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. 9 And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.” Hebrews 11:8

Jacob has twelve sons, hence the twelve tribes of Israel. He prophetically proclaims blessing as well as curses on the twelve. God speaks through Jacob and allows Him to see what shall happen to His descendants. For the sake of time and not to bore anyone with my writing I will attempt to address only two of the blessings that are pronounced on Judah and Joseph. When God determines to bless you, there nothing that anyone can do to prevent it. When God places His hand on you, no one can remove it. I thank God for blessing me! I thank God for keeping me! He, God! is totally Awesome! I know God His real, because every now and then, He let me experience His presence! The Baptist Saints use to sing a song when I was child, “I wouldn’t have a Religion, that I couldn’t feel sometime” What they were saying is “I would serve a God if I couldn’t feel His presence.

Jacob, calls His twelve Sons to His bedside and says “Gather around me I will tell you what will happen to you in the days to come” “Come and listen you Son’s of Jacob, listen to Israel your Father” The first prophetic words are spoken to Ruben, Jacobs first born. Jacob does not bless Ruben, but tells him he will not excel. The blessing that would normally befall the first born is passed on to Judah. Why you ask, well Ruben slept with Bilhah, one of Jacob’s concubines. Jacob hears about this and does nothing to Reuben, however later on, this act disrespect causes Reuben to be passed over by His Father.

“Reuben, you are my firstborn, my strength, the child of my vigorous youth.

You are first in rank and first in power. But you are as unruly as a flood,

and you will be first no longer. For you went to bed with my wife; you defiled my marriage couch.”

The character of Reuben is such that He is unable to control His Himself, lack of self control will cause us to miss out on what God has for us. Judah, is the one that His brother shall praise. The Scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver until Shiloh comes! Praise God. The name Judah means Praise, “I will give Praise to Yahweh” The blessings that are pronounced on Judah are many and they speak to coming of the Messiah. We believe that Shiloh or “He that is Sent” is referring to the Lord Jesus. We can trace the lineage of Jesus to Judah, that is if you believe in Jesus, The Messiah. If you cannot not understand this or believe that Jesus is the Messiah or that He is already come, don’t blame me. “But the Natural man can not receive the things of the Spirit, they are foolishness to him: Neither does he know them because they are spiritually understood” 1 Cor. 2:14

“Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth initial with milk.” Gen 49:8-12

In order to understand the blessings of the Joseph and what they mean, one must read the full account of what happened to Joseph. How he was hated by His brothers and sold into slavery how God elevated him from the bonds of slavery and prison to being a Prince in Eygpt. Joseph is considered by some to be the savior of Israel or a type of Christ in the old testament. God is so awesome! God raised up Joseph and turned his tragedy into triumph and save His people. Hence the saying “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose” What Jacob says about Joseph speaks to what I said earlier, when God decides to bless you, no one can stop Him. Listen to how Jacob blesses Joseph.”Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.”

Joseph is a branch that produces fruit, a branch planted by a living stream of water (Jesus). His branches extends over the wall and blesses other. His enemies have shot arrows at him and persecuted him and hated him, but God strengthen him. Yet, God blesses Him. Does God have a blessing assigned to you? I say yes He does. If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you’re already blessed. Read the bible to find out what shall happen to you in the end. Jesus tells us that He’s coming back and gather His Saints from all corners of the world, “The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a loud command” and we shall live with him forever. This is good news! I will trust in Jesus, and await His return because He keeps His promises. Have a blessed week!!

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