ISSL Reflections September 25 2022 Genesis 35:22b–26; 38:24–26; 49:10–12 Post 3

VII.
Let’s return to the focus Scriptures today and as you spend time with them, take notice of what stands out for you and what is clear for you. In other words, spend time not on what might confuse but on what enlightens or inspires.

VIII.
Genesis 35:22-26 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

While Israel lived in that land, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine, and Israel heard of it.

Now the sons of Jacob were twelve. The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob’s firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s maid: Dan and Naphtali. The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s maid: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram.

Genesis 38:24-26 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar has prostituted herself; moreover, she is pregnant as a result of prostitution.” And Judah said, “Bring her out, and let her be burned.” As she was being brought out, she sent word to her father-in-law, “It was the owner of these who made me pregnant.” And she said, “Take note, please, whose these are, the signet and the cord and the staff.” Then Judah acknowledged them and said, “She is more in the right than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not lie with her again.

Genesis 49:10-12 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until tribute comes to him,
and the obedience of the peoples is his.
Binding his foal to the vine
and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine,
he washes his garments in wine
and his robe in the blood of grapes;
his eyes are darker than wine
and his teeth whiter than milk.

IX.
So, did you find inspiration in these passages? Did you find something that throws light on how or who God calls into covenant relationship with him?


Where is hope portrayed to you in this account? Maybe I should ask if you find anything hopeful.

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}


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