The close of Jacob’s life has left a threefold legacy. Throughout the scriptures when God is referred to in the reminder of the covenant, he is called the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God made a covenant with these three that has been reaffirmed and passed down to you and me. When God makes a promise, he keeps it, even when we fall short on our end.
The people of Israel are really the people of Jacob. That is why they are called Israel, because they came from the man Israel. The 12 tribes of Israel is just another way of saying the 12 sons of Jacob. Through these 12 sons, a great nation of people will be born. They will honor God and walk away from God. From generation to generation they will change in their love and respect of this God that has protected them and given them these great promises.
Our focus now turns to one of the 12 sons’, Joseph. I love this story and the way God again uses the underdog to bring forth the message and Kingdom of God. It’s because of stories like Joseph that I think there is hope that God could use you and me!
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.
Come journey with us as we read through the Bible in a year. It is our desire to hear what God wants from us and to know his promises as well as warnings. Each day we will read a text and together we will share what we are learning and encourage one another to finish the goal!