Sunday, February 11, 2018

Deathbed Blessings

In the penultimate chapter of The Genesis we read that Jacob (Israel) called his sons to gather near and hearken to his voice.  The call was issued twice, once in the first verse and again in the second.  Yet one must believe that something happened between these two summonses.  Observe:
"And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days."  (Genesis 49:1 AKJV)
" Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father."  (Genesis 49:2 AKJV)
In the first verse Israel tells his sons that he will prophesy over them their fates in the last days. In the second verse there is no mention of prophecy regarding the last days but rather an admonition to listen to their father.  As we read the charges to each son we see that Israel does tell them their roles or positions in the future of the nation, but there is no mention of the end of days.  What happened?

It is my belief that the Lord may have revealed last days events to Jacob which he then assayed to reveal to his sons.  But God for His own purposes intervened and prevented Jacob from revealing that which had been vouchsafed unto him.  We would be presumptuous to speculate regarding the Lord's purpose as we would always be in guessing His ways, for He has revealed to us that which He would have us understand.  It is in The Book.*

We read Israel's predictions and charges to each of his sons and find it fascinating reading indeed, beginning with Reuben, his first-born from whom Jacob took the birthright of primogeniture and gave it to Joseph's sons because Reuben had defiled his father's bed.  Think about that.  Jacob had known all those years that Reuben had lain with Bilhah, and yet he had never mentioned it until he was lying on his deathbed.

And people think reading the Bible is not interesting?

*In His kingdom we can share
Because He'll always be there
He came to set us free from sin
So open your heart and let Him in

So take a look, take a look 
It's all in the Book
So take a look, take a look
It's all in the Book
From Take a Look It's All in the Book,
page 12, Gifts from God by Grace JoAnn
Harrison, 1995


Murr Brewster said...

Seems to me in the second verse the Lord is just saying, LISTEN UP. I KNOW YOU'RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.

vanilla said...

Murr, based on my experiences with my own children, I thought the same thing at first.

Sharkbytes said...

God uses very broken vessels

vanilla said...

Sharkey, truth and isn't it a good thing for us that He does!

Look at the genealogy of Jesus. So many of his forebears were "broken people."