Thursday 5.16.13

The Bible contains 66 books from Genesis to Revelation.  Many people have read the entire Bible, some people have just read bits and pieces.  It really is amazing from beginning to end how God knows everything.  Our faith struggles because we rely too much on ourselves or something else for strength.  If you begin reading Genesis you will read about the struggles they had then that we have now.   One of my favorite stories in Genesis is about Joseph and his brothers.  Jacob was Joseph’s father.  Before the birth of Benjamin, Jacob is renamed “Israel” by God . The name “Israel” can be translated as “God contended”,. Some commentators say the name comes from the verb śœarar (“to rule, be strong, have authority over”), thereby making the name mean “God rules” or “God judges”.

Jacob had twelve sons which were the twelve tribes of Israel.  Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Ephraim, and Manasseh.  They were all designated a territory except for  Levi.  The tribe of Levi was not given territory for it was set apart from the other tribes to serve in the Temple. Jacob saw on his deathbed Christ coming through the line of his son Judah.  His tribe had a war-like character and was compared to a lion and was the tribe from which King David came.

God chose the nation of Israel to fulfill the prophecy of His only Son to save the people from their sins. God knows all things.  One of the meanings of Jesus being the “Alpha and Omega” is that He was at the beginning of all things and will be at the close.  In the beginning of the Bible, Genesis we learn about the twelve tribes of Israel.  At the end of the bible,  Revelation, 21:11-12,  It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

God has a plan for us just as he did for in the Old Testament.  The word will encourage and uplift you. This is our heritage.  Claim it and live your life confidently as a child of the King, the Alpha and Omega.

The scepter will not depart from Judah,
    nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until he to whom it belongs shall come
    and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
Genesis 49:10

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