Israel blesses His Sons before Death
Contemporary English Version, Second Edition (CEV®)
© 2006 American Bible Society. All rights reserved
Existing in this world has been difficult for everyone that inhabited it. No one has ever been spared difficulty, not Adam and Eve. Not even our heavenly father. He made difficult decisions one that I am sure he had great difficulty with was the flood. He had to erase nearly all of his creation, to limit sin, and to help us understand the results of sin. Death will eventually over come us all. God has other plans for us, but when we grieve him, God must leave us to the natural consequences. In this story, Judah talks about the grief that some of his kids caused him, and about the natural consequences of their actions. Rueban, Simon, and Levi grieved Judah so much, that he had nothing good to say about them, and he let them know where their actions have taken them. Issachar I can identify with to a major degree. We all need to check our self pride, desires and sorrows at the door. We need to be happy with how God made us and work to fulfill the will of God. We need to be good to others, show them the walk of God, and be willing to fight for righteousness at all cost. As believers today, we are saved by faith, and our deeds bloom from the source of our faith. Each day we are to trust God, defend his righteousness, and demonstrates how faith is our salvation, but our deeds are what we do because we want to serve God. Some of Judah’s kids did well with this, some he cursed beyond his grave. I hope to please my parents as Joseph did.
Have a good evening and good night….