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Always Remember That We Can Rely Upon His Word

Always Remember That We Can Rely Upon His Word

JANUARY 15, 2021 Genesis 50:15-17 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.” Even though Joseph had made provision for them and their families and even though hugs and kisses had been exchanged between them, […]
Always Remember That We Can Rely Upon His Word

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

JANUARY 13, 2021 Genesis 49:27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.” Jacob portrays the tribe of Benjamin as a warring tribe in that he “tears his prey” and “divides the spoil.” Indeed, there are examples of their warlike tendencies in the […]
Always Remember That We Can Rely Upon His Word

Masters of Piercing

  JANUARY 11, 2021 Genesis 49:23-24 “The archers have bitterly grieved him, shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob.” The Hebrew word translated as “archers” is literally translated as “Masters of piercing” thus hinting at arrows. The archers are those […]
Always Remember That We Can Rely Upon His Word

The Faithfulness of God is Unshaken

JANUARY 10, 2021 Genesis 49:22 “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; his branches run over the wall.” The most eloquent blessing was reserved for Joseph who unites the best qualities of Reuben and Judah. He is a dreamer, a visionary some might say, but one who balances his dreams with moral and […]
Always Remember That We Can Rely Upon His Word

I am Waiting!

JANUARY 9, 2021 Genesis 49:18 “I have waited for your salvation, O Lord!” At the end of Jacob’s blessing upon Dan, he said something very interesting — “I have waited for your salvation, O Lord.” It is understood in rabbinical sources that Jacob was alluding to something that would occur at the end of days, or […]
Always Remember That We Can Rely Upon His Word

He Goes Before Us and is Our Rear Guard

JANUARY 8, 2021 Genesis 49:16-17 “Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, a viper by the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider shall fall backward.” The name Dan means “to judge” and carries the connotation of judging a situation […]
Always Remember That We Can Rely Upon His Word

Strong and Determined

JANUARY 7, 2021 Genesis 49:14-15 “Issachar is a strong donkey, lying down between two burdens; he saw that rest was good, and that the land was pleasant; he bowed his shoulder to bear a burden, and became a band of servants.” The prophecy upon Issachar is interesting. He is likened unto a strong-boned donkey that rests between two burdens, implying that the […]
Always Remember That We Can Rely Upon His Word

Every Shepherd is a Sheep

JANUARY 6, 2021 Genesis 49:10 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. Jacob’s blessing upon Judah established that the tribe of Judah would be the one to rule the nation as king. Having the scepter of kingship, his brothers […]
Always Remember That We Can Rely Upon His Word

A Good Name is to be Chosen

JANUARY 5, 2021 Genesis 49:8 “Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you.” There is a sharp contrast between the word spoken to the previous three sons and the words spoken to Judah. The tribe of Judah was not due the […]
Always Remember That We Can Rely Upon His Word

Consider Well

JANUARY 4, 2021 Genesis 49:3-4 “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. Unstable as water, you shall not excel.” In the words spoken to his older sons, Jacob unabashedly rebukes them for their impetuous behavior. Reuben, the firstborn, was the first to […]
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