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January 13 - Evening

"So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were.He said to them, 'I see that your father’s attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me. You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me. If he said, ‘The speckled ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, ‘The streaked ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks bore streaked young."

- Genesis 31:4-8

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Lord is Seen in Every Area of Life    

God’s favor on Jacob, the heir to the Abrahamic Promise, is obvious in this situation. Jacob is blessed by God in a foreign land while someone is intentionally trying to rip him off.

Jacob begins his defense to his wives with “You know” which indicates his two wives are aware of their father’s mistreatment of Jacob and of Jacob’s innocence in this matter.

Jacob focuses on the fact that he has “worked…with all my strength” over the past twenty years (Genesis 31:38). All this time his father-in-law, Laban, has tried to offset the Lord’s blessing on Jacob ten different times. Laban was constantly adjusting the situation in order to benefit himself, while the Lord used each adjustment by Laban to bless Jacob.

It is important to recognize that Jacob saw God’s immediate intervention in every area of his life:

  • family
  • work
  • prosperity
  • future and more.

Jacob’s confidence in God’s presence is going to encourage him to boldly move where God wants him to move and do what God has called him to do. This confidence includes the ability to return to the Promised Land where he must face Esau.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"It often astonishes me that I did not see the importance of meditation upon Scripture earlier in my Christian life. As the outward man is not fit for work for any length of time unless he eats, so it is with the inner man. What is the food for the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God – not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe. No, we must consider what we read, ponder over it, and apply it to our hearts."

- George Muller

Something to Ponder??

Many are frightened because meditation has become something of a buzzword in New Age circles. But the differences between biblically based meditation and what we find in Eastern religions and the New Age movement are profound. Here are a few of them:

1. Unlike Eastern meditation, which advocates emptying the mind, Christian meditation call for is to fill our mind with God and His truth.

2. Unlike Eastern meditation, which advocates mental passivity, Christian meditation call on us to actively exert our mental energy.

3. Unlike Eastern meditation, which advocates detachment from the world, Christian meditation call for attachment to God.

4. Unlike Eastern meditation, which advocates visualization in order to create one’s own reality, Christian meditation call for visualization of the reality already created by God.

5.  Unlike Eastern meditation, which advocates metaphysical union with “god,” Christian meditation calls for spiritual communion with God.

6. Unlike Eastern meditation, which advocates an inner journey to find the center of one’s being, Christian meditation calls for an outward focus on the objective revelation of God in Scripture and creation.

7. Unlike Eastern meditation, which advocates mystical transport as the goal of one’s efforts, Christian meditation calls for moral transformation as the
goal of one’s efforts

- by Sam Storms, in "Pleasures Evermore"

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Kerusso (Gr) – Preach (Eng) - kerusso is the Greek word that literally means “to announce,” “to publicly proclaim.” Timothy is told to kerusso the Word in Second Timothy 4:2-4. The Greek meaning of kerusso refers to a public proclamation that is announced with seriousness and with an authority that must be heard and that demands obedience. Jesus, John the Baptists, the Apostles and teachers in the church are all examples of people described as communicating by kerusso.

  A sundial from discovered while excavating rubble from the 70 AD destruction of Jerusalem has been found. It is 2 x 2 inches and has a seven-branched menorah (lampstand) that was used in the temple etched into the back. These facts give the impression it belong to the priests and was part of the Herodian Temple when it was destroyed. (Details here. Photo here and here.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I associate situations to God's intervention?
Do I recognize that God is aware of my life situations and has assigned his plan concerning me?
I will live boldly and righteously knowing that God is attentive to situations in my life.
  "From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a
craving for violence."
- Proverbs 13:2
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Job 2 Job 37
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Discernment concerning truth and deception Holy Spirit activity Jobs Fair trade agreements with other countries
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
Jericho (click on image for larger size) A seal found in Israel that has the name of Jezebel from around the time of 850 BC. (click on image for larger size)
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