January 12, 2021
Daily Reading: Genesis 35-37
And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.
As stated before in these devotions, Genesis is the seed plot of the Bible. In this book can be found, in seed form, the major teachings of the Bible. Throughout the balance of Scripture these teachings grow, are expanded upon, and seem to blossom into a cornucopia of wonderful truths, helps, and instructions. As proof, consider some of the lessons learned throughout the life of Israel (formerly called Jacob).
The lesson of amazing grace. God's blessings toward Jacob were not based upon his righteousness or goodness, but rather on God's promises to him. God's grace is amazing because of its very nature. A good word picture to the unique nature of this grace is this: What bank would continue to cover the checks you write, if you had no money in your account? None, right! This is because banks do not operate on the basis of grace. But God does!
The lesson of sowing and reaping. That which Jacob did unto Esau, Laban did unto Jacob.
The lesson of God's long suffering. For years God demonstrated loving patience as Jacob grew in the grace God extended to him.
The lesson of the security of the believer in Christ. Volumes could be written here.
The lesson of the dangers of walking by sight and not by faith.
The lesson of fear, its consequences, and benefits.
The lesson of the fact that it is never too late to return to God.
As the spotlight in this book moved from Adam, to Noah, to Abraham, to Isaac then to Jacob, now it shines brightest on Joseph. The balance of this book focuses on his life and legacy. There are yet many seeds to be planted in Genesis, let's examine them together.
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.