Putting God's Word into Practice…

Genesis 48-50

on February 1, 2018

Chapter 48

  • God Almighty blessed Israel and he passed on that blessing to Joseph so that he would know it…generation to generation.
  • Rachel was buried in Bethlehem.
  • Gracious and generous God let Israel see his son, Joseph’s face again.
  • Israel calls God his daily, life-long shepherd.  Oh, Lord, how I’ve seen this to be true in my own life–leading and guiding me even all the years I thought I was in control and doing my best to ruin my life.  You were there all along, preserving me for your family and your purposes.  Redeeming me from evil.
  • Israel blessed Joseph’s sons in reverse order just like he and his brother had been reversed at birth.
  • Israel told Joseph that God will be with him and will bring him again into the land of his fathers.

Chapter 49

  • “Unstable as water,” what a description of the character of Reuben.  Lord, how often I feel like that could describe me!  Make me stable and steadfast in all my ways.
  • “Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce, and their wrath, for it is cruel.”  It reminds me of James 1:20 that says, “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”  Anger is not how I want to be characterized.  I had victory for a while, and I feel like I’m slipping back into being easily provoked, having a short fuse.  I went almost four years without raising my voice to Henry and now I have been almost every day.  Of course, he is at a trying age right now, but it is not an excuse for anger.  Lord, make my emotions and responses a blessing not a curse.
  • Judah would produce a ruler forever.  Jesus!  Our savior!  All tribute and obedience is due him from all people!
  • Names of God:  Mighty One of Jacob, Shepherd, the Stone of Israel.

Chapter 50

  • Israel dies and is buried with his forefathers.
  • God used and planned the evil done to Joseph to bring about life for a nation.
  • When we realize that God is in control of even our difficult pathway, it frees us up to be kind and comforting even to those who hurt us.
  • Joseph died and made everyone promise that when they left Egypt they would take his body with them and bury it with his forefathers.

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