Thursday 15th January 2015
Thursday word from Genesis Number 62
'Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine just as Reuben and Simeon are mine.' Genesis 48:5
Here is a poignant picture of Jacob, now a very old man, who knows his end is near. When told that his father is ill, Joseph immediately leaves what he is doing to take his two sons to see him. Hearing that his son is coming, dear old Jacob 'rallied his strength and sat up on the bed,' v2); no doubt he didn't want to upset his son or grandsons at sight of his deterioration.
Having told Joseph of his vivid memory of meeting with God at Luz(Bethel), and the promises God had made, (28:13), Jacob turned his attention to Joseph's sons. They were born in Egypt of an Egyptian mother. There was much that was attractive about Egypt and being sons of Joseph would no doubt have given them more privileged lives than most. But Jacob, being the man of God he was, wanted them saved from the danger and temptations of the culture they lived in. They may have been his grandsons, but they were to see themselves as Jacob's sons, as surely as Reuben and Simeon were, belonging to God's people, direct heirs of God's promise.
We too have to remember that we have been adopted by God as his children(1 John 3:1). We can so easily allow the values, aims and ambitions of the culture we live in to become ours, and to live as though someone else was our father. We can so easily desire what the world desires, chase what the world chases, and want acceptance and recognition by the world more than anything. Moses was in that danger with regards to Egypt, but we read, 'By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be ill-treated along with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.' Hebrews 11:24,25.
'Dear Lord, give us the courage and faith to stand out from the crowd and be different, whatever it might cost us short-term, and to live as children who long to please you more than anything. Amen.'
God bless you all.