|It is Sunday! What a great day it is.... every Sunday! I get to be with God's people and I so look forward to it. I know that God is going to meet with us and bless us and I know I will love the time we have together. I love Sundays!|
I'm reading in Genesis, and here are a few thoughts that I have for today:
1) SINNING LIGHTLY- Abimelech said to Isaac concerning his wife Rebekah, in Gen. 26:10 ".. one of the people might lightly have lain with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us." It caught my attention that Abimelech said that this sin of adultry might have been done "lightly". In other words, in their country, they would think nothing of adultry and fornication. Sexual sin is not something any Christian should take "lightly". It is most serious and should be treated as such. We are to "flee fornication" based upon Scripture and be pure vessels for our mates, and our God. Don't find yourself "sinning lightly" in any regard.
2) LEAH- Gen. 29:17 tells us that "Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and wellfavoured." So Rachel was preferred by her husband Jacob, but Leah was the one rewarded by God. It was Leah that bore Judah, who would bear David, who would bear Jesus Christ through Mary. So Leah was rewarded and chosen over the beautiful Rachel. Keep in mind that beauty is not what God is looking for.... faithfulness is!
3) MORE HONORABLE? Gen. 34:19 says that Shechem "was more honourable than all the house of his father." Wow! Sounds like he is a good boy until you find out that in verse 2 of the chapter, Shechem saw Dinah, Jacob's daughter born of Leah, and "saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her." This "honourable" person did this. Then said to his people about marrying the daughters of Jacob in verse 23: "Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours?" Doesn't sound very honorable, and yet he was "more" honourable than the rest of his people. What a mess! Simeon and Levi, were Dinah's brothers, and they took care of that group of people themselves and slew all of the males with the sword. Jacob was upset, but the boys said: (vs. 31) "Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?" The answer is NO! So it seems to me that Simeon and Levi were "more honourable" than everyone else.
4) DREAMS- In Gen. 37, we see plenty of dreams. I love to dream about doing something for God. I love to dream about buildings, land, ministry, people, plans, outreach, soul-winning, missions trips, conferences, ..... I love to dream, dream, dream. So did Joseph! (vs. 5) "Joseph dreamed a dream" ; (vs. 6) "Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:"; (vs. 9) "Behold, I have dreamed a dream more,"; (vs. 10) "What is this dream that thou hast dreamed?"; (vs. 19) "Behold, this dreamer cometh." ; (vs. 20) "and we shall see what will become of his dreams.". All of these times, and more later, Joseph either dreamed, or interpreted the dreams of others. He was a dreamer... and so am I! Dream a dream for God!
Well, that is all for this morning. Hope you have a blessed day in the LORD!
Pastor Mike Mutchler