Thursday, January 19, 2012
Welcome to Day 19 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
Genesis 47, Today’s passages cover Joseph’s family moving to Egypt and Joseph “acquiring” all the money, land and Egyptians in exchange for grain during the famine. All of it. Thanks to Joseph, Pharaoh now owned everything. Seems God blessed Pharaoh thanks to Joseph. Kind of hard to get my head around that one, since Pharaoh didn’t worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
47:5 “Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine.” Jacob adopts Joseph’s Egyptian sons right there on the spot. Done.
Then Jacob switches his blessing! (Just like with himself and Esau??) He intentionally gives the younger the better blessing. (Note: “Ephraim” means “double fruitfulness in Hebrew!) But I’m wondering how Jacob’s personal experience in stealing Esau’s blessing and purchasing his birthright might have come into play??
Psalm 10 is all about what I should NOT become. How to NOT live life! Note to self, Psalm 10. Thank God he hears the cries of the afflicted!
Luke 10. You have to love the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector. Another instance when Jesus simply spent time with someone and their life was changed!
The ten minas… faithful in little = faithful over more/much. Got it.
Jesus received praise from the disciples… If they don’t praise me, “the rocks will cry out!”
Jesus was very unhappy at the condition of the temple… had become a den of thieves. “My house will be called a house of prayer.”
I wish I didn’t know this whole story of Joseph and his family soon takes a turn for the worse…
What keeps popping out to me is the whole idea or concept of “blessing” and the power of it.
I had a great time the other night helping with worship at our women’s night of worship. On my way to the meeting I was thinking about Proverbs 31:28, “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” I was wondering how many of the women there might have never heard those words from their husband or children? How many women have never been praised by their husbands? So I offered to pray for them and offer a blessing over each one. Maybe 1/3 of the women there came forward for prayer and a blessing. I am both a son and a husband and a father. I blessed them from all three perspectives. How many women (or men) have never been blessed by their father?
It was a very powerful moment…
I am wondering what would happen if we all blessed each other, gave each other blessing. In James 3:9-12 it says, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?”
Luke 6:28, We are all called to “bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
I wonder what would happen if…
I am going to be one who gives blessing. Not in some fake, thoughtless way, but in a real way. To bless people to be who God created them to be. Obviously in Genesis these blessings were taken very seriously and had repercussions that have lasted to this day. I can bless moms because I am a son. I can bless children because I am a dad. I can bless wives because I am a husband.
Help me to become a person who gives blessing to others. (In comparison to the man in Psalm 10 whose, “mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.”) Help me to help make the Vineyard a house of prayer…