Tuesday, February 18
Today's reading: Genesis 49:1-33
Genesis 49 is a key scripture passage in that it lays out the foundation of the twelve tribes of Israel and is filled with prophecy that will come to fruition throughout the rest of the Bible. In this chapter we see Jacob's last words to his family. His insightful and powerful messages are unique to each of the specific sons, addressing past actions and consequences and then providing direction for what is to come.
In addition to the specific instruction to each son, the overall experience also served to provide the sons (and now us) with lessons on parenting and leadership. One of the prominent lessons I noticed was how Jacob wisely orchestrated and then used this final gathering for the benefit of his whole family. Instead of summoning each son individually to provide lessons privately, Jacob calls an open session family meeting. This is important because the others also get the benefit of hearing about, and in turn learning from, their brothers' sins and the resulting consequences.
What lessons about parenting and/or leadership stood out to you from Genesis 49, and why? What do Jacob's words to his sons reveal about our choices and resulting consequences? Tami
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