February 10, Reading 1 – Genesis 49


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SAA Notes

Jacob’s blessing for his own sons contains much prophecy, as well as much character assessment. Jacob has no rosy-eyed view of his sons – see what he says about his later favourite – Benjamin. Judah’s blessing speaks most strongly of Christ.

SJA Notes

* God Above, You are the God who saves. Please help us know You better today.

“… (from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel) …”

Jacob highlights here two important aspects of our Lord God.

God is our SHEPHERD.

In yesterday’s passage Jacob highlights this,

“… The God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day,”

We know God in the Person of the Son, our King Jesus, as the Good Shepherd.

Here Jacob deepens this understanding, God HIMSELF, the One God – Is our SHEPHERD.

_The_ Shepherd.

There is only one for the sheep.

And our God is the STONE of Israel, the ROCK.

We are to build our house on the Lord, the rock (and not the sand).

He is the cornerstone on which we build, the capstone that is to be magnified by we the church (living stones built up).

This is our God.

* Dear God,

Thank You for Your word to us today.

Please forgive us for our sin against You, as we fall and stray and turn from You.

Please wash us clean today from the muck of the world, transform us Lord into Your image, a likeness of You!


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