BSF Genesis: Week 28, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

15.
a.
wept loudly, come close to me, do not be distressed or angry with yourselves – it was to save lives, God did this, tell and bring father, threw his arms around them and wept

b.
embracing, wept, spoke truth and willingness to sacrifice for each other

16.
be truthful and heartfelt.  Forgive and see God’s good in all.

My Daily Journal:

I loved Genesis 45:1.

We have talked over the past few weeks about the parallels between Joseph and Christ and how, in many ways, Joseph was a foreshadowing pointing to Christ.  I think we see that so strongly in verse 1.

I’m a dad and there are times I need to use my dad voice and make decisions that, while not necessarily popular, are in the best interests of my family.  I have to discipline my children and allow them to make mistakes even when I know they are mistakes.  My natural desire is to protect them, to help them, to do for them and provide for them.  But for them to grow and learn, I have to control that nature and allow them to experience and learn.

In Genesis 45:1, we see how God has placed that same “control” for Joseph to direct with his brothers.  Then, Joseph could control himself no longer and we see the heart of God that beat inside Joseph pour out.  What did he do when he was “out of control”?  He poured out love.  He poured out tears of joy.  He poured kisses upon his brothers.  He hugged them. He forgave them.  He told them about God.  He told them not to condemn themselves.  He provided a new home for them.  He provided everything they would need for themselves, their children, their grandchildren.  He commanded them to reunite the entire family.

So, what does your “out of control” look like?

BSF Genesis: Week 24, Day 4

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

9.
His penchant for deception.  His predisposition to use deceit, financial strength, or other cunning to take advantage of a situation

10.
punish Jacob according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds, he struggled with God, he wept and begged for his favor

11.
The angel of the Lord, Jesus.  Face of God

12.
Man cannot force God to do anything.  Anything any man receives is a gift from the Almighty.  Jacob refused to let go showing a tenacity to cling to the Lord.  The greater blesses the lesser, not the other way around.

13.
We too rely on our own wit and cunning.  We believe that we can buy our way out of wrongs.  We confess our weaknesses but do not reject the things that make us weak

My Daily Journal:

What do we cling to?

The story of Jacob wrestling with the angel of the Lord is one with many facets.  Jacob is not chastised for wrestling with the Lord, but through his own strength he is unable to win, either over God or man.  In wrestling strength comes from the legs and hips.  Wrestlers, like most athletes, spend a lot of time physically developing “the core”, the mid body strength that transfers out.  In Jacob’s wrestling, one touch showed the weakness of his own core of relying on his own strength.  All he could do was hold on, cling to his opponent.

Did Jacob win?  Did he force the angel to do anything?  Given what he seeks, the answer is obvious.  A blessing is always and only transferred from the greater to the lesser.  Giving something back to someone that already belongs to them in not a blessing.  Nor can a blessing be bought or forced.  Receiving something unmerited is the definition of a blessing.

But, to cling to one thing, we have to let go of other things.  To cling to the Angel of the Lord, forced Jacob to not cling to himself.  To cling to God means to let go of our own desires to be in control.