Sunday, January 15, 2012
Welcome to Day 15 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
The next few days are some of my favorite passages!
Genesis 37, Joseph is the next to the youngest son of Jacob… He gives a bad report to his father about his brothers, and they hate him. Then Jacob gave him an ornate robe (the “coat of many colors) and they hate him all the more. Then, when Joseph has the dreams about them all bowing down to him, that’s it. His brothers are jealous of him and have nothing kind to say to him… So they plot against him, ultimately selling him into slavery to the Midianites, and faking his death. Jacob is heartbroken.
v 11, “his brothers were jealous, but his father kept the matter in mind.”
His brothers nickname Joseph “the dreamer.” Look at “the DREAMER is his pretty little robe! Hey, dreamer… Come here!”
v 36 “Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.” A man of some prominence.
Hit the pause button on Joseph’s story… Cut to Judah. He marries Shua, who bears him three sons, Er, Onan and Shelah.
Judah finds a wife (Tamar) for Er… So many years have gone by. Er was wicked and it says “the LORD put him to death.” Interesting… No word on how he died.
Then Judah tells Onan to fulfill his brother’s duty and impregnate Tamar on behalf of his brother… Onan does sleep with Tamar, but, ummm, “prevents” her from becoming pregnant by practicing his own method of birth control.
v 10 The Lord saw this also as being wicked so the Lord put Onan to death also.
Psalm 7, 7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you, while you sit enthroned over them on high. 8 Let the LORD judge the peoples. Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.” That’s a brave prayer right there! “Vindicate me according to MY righteousness and integrity?” Wow… That sound a lot like “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:15
Luke 15, Love this trilogy of “lost” items. Lost sheep, lost coin, lost son. In all three cases, something was lost and was then found, with great joy. The parable of the lost son is not so much about the son as it is about the father. THE Father, and His love for the lost. How He is waiting and watching for his (our/my/your) return. He is waiting to put the best robe on us, to put a ring on our finger and sandals on our feet, to feast and celebrate at our return.
This story is also more about the reaction of the older brother who is angry at his father’s reaction… Easy when you’ve been a beliver for a long time to say, “HEY! What about ME!?”
“My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.” That is for me! Everything God has is for me and has already been given to me!
It’s amazing to me how the Bible can condense stories that it’s obvious that YEARS have passed, into just a few verses! Judah marries, has three sons, finds a wife for his oldest son, Er, and Er dies all in the first SEVEN verses. Onan dies three verses later!
Judah’s wife then dies… He heads into the town of Timnah. He propositions a prostitute, who turns out to be his daughter in law, Tamar, who is pretending to be a prostitute to trick her father in law?? (When he was waiting for his youngest son to be old enough to be with her.)
Amazing to me that Judah’s reaction to finding out that Tamar is guilty of prostitution and is now pregnant, he’s going to have her BURNED to death, until he realized that HE himself is the father of her twins.
Is this the height of hypocrisy or what?? Reminds me of the New Testament story of the woman caught in adultery. Where was the man in that story?? She is dragged out into the streets to be stoned, until Jesus steps in. John 8:1-11
And how can these guys (Lot, Jacob, now Judah) be sleeping with their daughters and in this case, his daughter in law, and they not know who they are?
Amazing how jealousy and deception can cause so much destruction in our lives and in the lives of the people around us. Joseph’s brothers did both. They were jealous AND they deceived their father into believing Joseph was torn apart by a wild animal. I wonder if he suspected his older sons. He had to have known that they were jealous and hated Joseph.
From Luke, I need to walk in that blessing God has already given to me. To enjoy all that He has given to me. He is my Father and I am His. Nothing can pluck me from His hand! John 10:28
Lord, help me keep my motives in check, to not let jealousy worm its into my heart and mind. May I never use deception as a way to manipulate those around me. May I always remember Your great love for me!