Aug. 28. Jacob’s Life Ends

Gen. 47:27-49:33

Israel was an old man one hundred forty-seven years of age. He sensed after seventeen years in Egypt, that his life would soon end. Jacob asked Joseph to vow that he would take his body out of Egypt and bury it with his fathers in Canaan. Joseph swore that he would heed his father’s request.

As has been stated earlier, the first-born son was to receive the greatest blessings or inheritance from his father. Jacob accepted Joseph’s sons as equals to his own sons and blessed them after he had blessed their father. Joseph expected his older son, Manasseh to receive the primary blessing. Jacob had other ideas and blessed the younger Ephraim first.

Jacob’s blessings of his twelve sons were delivered partially as obscure prophesies. Reuben, through his sin of adultery with Bilhah had forfeited his birthright. Simeon and Levi were cursed instead of blessed because of their quick temper and anger.

Hidden in Judah’s blessings is a hint of the coming Messiah through his lineage. Jacob’s prophesies concerning his other sons are borne out as one studies the history of the Israelites in the Old Testament.

“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.”

#chronological-bible-study

WORD OF THE DAY – Saturday 27 August 2016

Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses. (Psalm 135:6-7 ESV)

Господь творит все, что хочет, на небесах и на земле, на морях и во всех безднах; возводит облака от края земли, творит молнии при дожде, изводит ветер из хранилищ Своих. (Псалтирь 134:6-7 Russian)

O LORD God, our dear heavenly Father ~ you are great beyond our ability to express in words. But your Spirit that searches our hearts, understands our love and adoration for all that you constantly have been doing before time began and continues beyond the need to measure days and years. You shocked the people of this world when you gave us the gift of your Son! Help those who doubt your power and love, to turn to you with complete trusting faith, with obedient hearts and learn the sweet and satisfying greatness of our salvation through Christ our Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
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Aug. 27. The Famine Worsens

Gen. 47:13-26

Economic conditions were so dire in Egypt that the people had spent all of their money for food and were facing the prospect of starvation. With no money to buy food for themselves, they were also unable to feed their cattle. Joseph traded food for cattle, thus saving the people and their livestock.

Next, with all of their cattle gone, they traded themselves and their land for food. The people then became servants of the king. They were moved into the cities, but were given seed to grow crops as the famine ended. One fifth was to be returned to the king and they could keep the other four fifths for seed and food.

#chronological-bible-study

Souls outside of Christ are lost

Souls outside of Christ are lost:

We will recognize our opportunity to evangelize and fulfill our obligation to evangelize when we believe souls are lost when they are outside of Christ. There is something terribly wrong in our world. People rape, rob, steal and kill. They curse, drink, murder and molest. Man has a sin problem. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

We must evangelize because a terrible end is awaiting those who do not love and obey God.

“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8)

A soul cannot be converted without the word of God because, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” (Psalm 19:7)

God has revealed His will in the Bible. He expects us to use His book in getting acquainted with His nature and in obedience to His will.

Do you have a desire to know God’s will and to share it with others? “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:17)

As Christians we must Always Be Teaching Somebody the gospel.

God Bless you today and always. God Loves you and I love you too.

By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church, Greenville, Alabama USA

#evangelism #perdition

Aug. 26. Jacob and Family Move into Egypt

Gen. 46:1-47:12

“So Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.”

Beersheba was a place of significance to Jacob/Israel. It was there that his father, Isaac and grandfather, Abraham had communed with God. God spoke to him that night and assured him that, “I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again…” The second part of this promise was fulfilled many years later under the leadership of Moses.

This was a major event in the life of a man who had made many moves in his one hundred thirty years of life. Jacob, his wives, his eleven sons, their wives, his grandchildren, their wives (none mentioned here) were a very large family to relocate at one time. He and his direct descendants, including Joseph and his sons, totaled seventy Israelites in Egypt.

Shepherds were of a lower social class in Egypt and were somewhat segregated from the rest of the population. Joseph advised his father to be up front with Pharaoh and let him know that they were shepherds. Some sheep were pastured in the rich region of Goshen. It is likely that was one reason that Jacob’s family was given land in that area.

Joseph had served the king so well that Pharaoh instructed him to select competent men from his family to be chief herdsmen over his own livestock.

“Then Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father’s household with bread, according to the number in their families.”

#chronological-bible-study

What does the Bible say about preparation

“Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12).

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Psalm 23:5).

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3). Continue reading

Make it count now

Glenda’s Glimpse –
We enjoy going to the Geneva Senior Citizen’s Center for lunch most days. IMG_2998I have a dear elderly friend who has been helping me learn to knit. Bless her heart. Today I took my knitting over to show her, and she said, “Make it count now.” She was telling me not to pull the stitches out, but to make them count and keep knitting.

Make it count! We need to make everything we do count in this life. Most of all we should desire to make our life count so that when we come to the end of life’s journey our life will have been valuable in God’s sight. It will have counted.

The Bible teaches us whatever we do in word or deed to do it all in the name of the Lord. We are to make our lives count. (Col. 3:17)

The Bible teaches us we are to do everything as if for the Lord. We are to make our efforts count. (Col. 3:17)

The Bible teaches us to train up our children in the way they should go, and when they are old they won’t depart from it. We are to make our child raising count. (Proverbs 22:6)

The Bible teaches us to put God first in our lives. Doing so will make our lives count. (Matthew 6:33)
The Bible teaches us that we are to be examples for those coming after us. We are to make our examples count. (Matthew 5:16)

The Bible teaches us we are to study the Word of God. We are to make our time count. (2 Timothy 2:15)

The Bible teaches us we are to control our tongue. We are to let our speech count that it may build up those who hear it. (James 3)

Making our lives count is the most important thing we can do. We star
t out by obeying the Word of God, by hearing the gospel, believing It to be the truth, repenting of our sins, confessing our faith that Jesus is the Christ the son of God, and being baptized for the remission of our sins. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Matthew 10:32) Then, and only then, will our lives count not only here on earth, but eternally in heaven in the after awhile.

Let’s do it! Let’s make our lives count for that which is right and good and will lead us into our eternal home in heaven.

Though Ms. Norma told me to make my stitches count, she was telling me to go forward, press on, and do more. We must do that spiritually, too!