Scripture Union Daily Guide 22 August 2022 Devotional Message for Monday– A Father’s Blessings II
Scripture Union Daily Guide 22 August 2022 Devotional for Monday
TOPIC: A Father’s Blessings II
OPENING PRAYER: Sanctify my life dear Lord as I study your word in Jesus name.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 49.1‐28
Scripture Union Daily Guide 22 August 2022 MESSAGE
Some people are blessed to be able to recognise their dying moments. This was the case with Jacob. He knew that his departure was imminent so, he purposefully invited his sons to share his parting words with them, words he declared to be prophetic (vs.1‐2).
A careful reading will show that Jacob’s pronouncements, either positive or negative, were linked with how each son had lived his life (vs.3‐4, cf., 35:22; v.7, cf., 34:25‐29 etc).
Interestingly, these were not always unchangeable destinies for the descendants of each one. God’s grace is always at work; and so is human will! Despite the strongly negative words said against Levi by his father, it was his tribe that the Lord set apart to be priests for the people of Israel (see Exodus 32:26‐29).
Also, it was not through the favoured tribe of Joseph who replaced Reuben as the firstborn that the Messiah was ultimately to come but through the tribe of Judah. Read again vs.21‐26. The blessings pronounced on Joseph were extraordinary.
Notice the reason he survived all attacks on his life (vs.24‐25). A Ghanaian Pentecostal chorus, “Nia Yehowa ahyira no” translates “No human being can destroy the one whom God has blessed” (see Isaiah 54:17). We can also claim God’s blessings as His children, but we must live in obedience as Joseph did.
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Lord, please help me to always live a holy life, being mindful of my status as your heir and joint heir with Christ.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalms 46:1 ‐ 3
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NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and I have remained faithful
2 Timothy 4:7
THANK GOD FOR:
☀ Our elderly brethren who have run and are still running this Christian race.
☀ The biblical passage they read daily that spurs them on to continue pushing forward.
☛ Our elderly fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who have labored and are still laboring in God’ s vineyard especially in SU.
☛ Grace for them to finish strong and well as they continue to follow the Lord and fellowship with the brethren.
☛ Spiritual and physical strength for them to continue to press on, until the end so they can receive the heavenly prize.
⚠ Their getting thrown down, banged up, sore, tired worn out or discouraged by what they see and hear lately.
⚠ Failing to continue the good work and fellowshipping with God and the brethren until the final whistle is blown.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 22 August 2022. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God. Scripture Union Daily Guide 22 August 2022