Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 May 2010 Genesis 30:13‏

Genesis 30:13     And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.
Ah Friends, this life can be real frustrating yes! Have you noticed, that generally speaking, one problem crops up before, or as soon as you fix another, and that there is very little peace of mind between these occurrences? Well, a few days ago I discovered that the A/C in my car wasn’t working, although I fixed it last summer. And to make matters worse, last night I found out that the A/C in my house wasn’t working either, after spending a pretty penny to have it replaced last year. And it’s not always the money to repair or replace these problems that ticks you off, but oftimes it’s the aggravation of putting off other stuff already scheduled, the time and energy spent waiting to get them repaired, or having to go out of your way to do so. I guess in the big scheme of things it keeps us on our toes, and teaches us some lesson. But Friends, I’m tired learning of lessons now. (smile) I’ve learned enough to last me several lifetimes. I need a break from the constant merry-go-round. But after calming down from the discovery that my house A/C wasn’t working, I rationalized that if that’s my biggest problem then I should be praising and thanking God instead of being angry, for there are numerous others not as blessed as I am. There’s so much homelessness, sickness, poverty, oppression and suppression all over our world, and here I am worried about air conditioning. Oh Friends, that only goes to show our lack of real important priorities in this Western World. And the only way to improve that situation is for us to stop concentrating so much on our minor challenges and more on the larger, more serious problems facing so many of our fellow humans. With that in mind, here’s a short, but powerful quote from Helen Keller that points the way. And it simply says: ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.’ It’s not rocket science mih people, but it’s the gospel truth! Our individual efforts can only take us so far, but collectively we can change the world. That brings us to the selfish attitudes of Leah and Rachel as they vied to see who could produce more sons for Jacob. Granted, the situation wasn’t the greatest, and it was not really of their making, but they were sisters and as such should have realized that working together was the only sensible way to have it work out decently. But instead they were consumed by their own, petty, selfish desires. I’m sure if they had worked together, the family would not have suffered half the problems they later encountered, because selfishness and jealousy always cause major turmoil. Anyway, ah know all yuh dying to get into the final episode of ‘Jacob’s Harem,’ so let’s get to it nuh. Yesterday we stopped where Leah seemed to be winning the children’s sweepstakes hands down. Her family had 9 offspring, while Rachel’s only had 2. But people, the great scriptwriter wasn’t done yet. ‘And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach. And she called his name Joseph (He will add); and said, The Lord shall add to me another son.’ (Gen. 30:22-24) And the Lord did remove the reproach of her barren state, and also added another son, Benjamin, to her household later on. So the eventual count of Jacob’s sons was 12. And Friends, you know what all this excitement, treachery, scandal, resentment and jealousy eventually produced; the 12 tribes of Israel. I’m sure the Lord could have devised a less contentious and confusing plan, but for whatever reason that He alone knows, He did it that way. Anyway Friends, from those four women; Laban’s two daughters, Leah and Rachel, and their respective maids, Zilpah and Bilhah, out of the loins of Jacob, the Lord built His Chosen People, Israel. It just goes to show that the Lord has an open mind and often chooses those we consider least suitable for certain jobs. If He could choose an ole crook and con artist like Jacob to be the father of His people, then anything’s possible for you and I. And Friends, all Jacob’s family or their progeny went on to play important parts in the Lord’s overall plan. We’ll just mention two of the most important aspects here. First up is Bruh Joseph, Rachel’s son, who underwent much innocent suffering as a teenager, initially at the hand of his brothers, then in slavery and prison in Egypt, but who held steadfast to the faith of his fathers, and rose to be the second most powerful person in Egypt, behind only Pharaoh himself. Through that position he was able to save his family from the ravages of famine, brought them down to Egypt, set them up well, and thus began its Hebrew heritage. As for Leah, she became the ancestral mother of Jesus through her son Judah, who sparked the Davidic line through his son Pharez, from whom Boaz was descended. Boaz married Ruth, whose son Obed was the father of Jesse, Bruh David’s father. For a full account of the lineage, see 1 Chronicles 2. Ah Friends, our God is such a genius at relationships, that in spite of all the drama and confusion, He still worked it out that both sisters ended up being happy in their own minds, and the four women’s offspring all played valuable and prominent roles in His production. One other point to note here is the Lord’s great foresight, where in the union of Boaz, the Jew, and Ruth, the Gentile, He created that image of oneness, that would serve as a platform for His Son Jesus to build His Church upon, many years hence, where all believers became one, regardless of colour, creed or race. With our God, my people, all things are possible, so please listen well, pay close attention, for despite your many foibles and follies, He might just call you to do something important for Him. And sadly Friends, this is the last episode of that engaging and entertaining saga titled ‘Jacob’s Harem.’ Hope you enjoyed it. And if you want more heart-racing drama, then just open the Good Book and read, cause it’s one big, excellent dramatic work, from Genesis 1 right through to Revelation 22. Much LOVE!…remember…happiness is what you make it…

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