Reuben – the Unstable (Part 1)

Gen 49:3Gen 49:3
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:  

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Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: 4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch

Reuben is introduced as a man with great potential. He was the first born and that conferred to him several advantages automatically in the culture of Israel. Reuben was strong and described as possessing the excellency of power. He seems to be a man that has started well, and in possession of many admirable qualities. He is already on the way to the top and described as already a man of excellence. So what is the problem.

The present may appear good but the future of Reuben is scarred because of the irrepressible law of consequence. The Bible warns us to consider our ways, our moral ways. Everything has a consequence. The curse and the blessing do not come causeless. Tozer said once “everything we do has a dual importance . It is important for what it is in itself and it is important for what it causes to be.” Often times there appears to be no consequence, but at these times it may be best to pray that we bear the pains of our consequence early when we can bear the burdens and not so much later like Reuben when at old age, the sorrow is unbearable. It is strange that Reuben is not chastened by Jacob and little mention of any consequence is recorded concerning the evil that Reuben did.

Tozer goes on to add in “The Dangers of a Shallow Faith” that it is therefore important to consider our choices. Everything we see is as a result of our choices. What we are today is as a result of choices we made yesterday. Reuben made bad choices. A person’s choices distinguish him as either wise or foolish. The wise man knows he must give account of the deeds done in the body, but the fool does not. A fool is not a man of mental deficiencies but one who acts without regard for consequences. We must choose well and choose life knowing that grace and consequences exist.

Song.
Conquering now and still to conquer, rideth a King in His might;
Leading the host of all the faithful into the midst of the fight;
See them with courage advancing, clad in their brilliant array,
Shouting the Name of their Leader, hear them exultingly say:

Refrain:
Not to the strong is the battle, not to the swift is the race,
Yet to the true and the faithful vict’ry is promised through grace.

Conquering now and still to conquer, who is this wonderful King?
Whence are the armies which He leadeth, while of His glory they sing?
He is our Lord and Redeemer, Savior and Monarch divine;
They are the stars that forever bright in His kingdom shall shine.

Prayer : Lord, have mercy on me … give me the grace to make the right choices daily. Amen.

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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Gather Yourselves

Gen 49:1Gen 49:1
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

49 1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.  

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And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. 2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.

Jacob did not have to call Joseph to be blessed. We read in chapter 48 that Joseph heard his father was sick and came perhaps he suspected the end was coming – and he took his sons along or he was a constant visitor of his aging father. Either way – there is a bond of love and wanting to be with him in the end. We do not know the location of the brothers or the things that concerned them – but they were perhaps unaware of the father’s blessing or were not so interested. They may have still suffered under a shadow of guilt and fear …thinking after their father passed on, Joseph will unleash a plan of revenge.

God has a word for them. He speaks to them as a group …preferring them to all be present at the same time. It was also a comfort to Jacob perhaps to see them all together … now united to hear from God. Jacob was the priest of the home – a true father in both spiritual and physical terms. Jacob kept his communion with God as the priest of the house till the very end. He did not delegate this assignment to any. He could speak for God and accurately too.

Can I speak for God concerning my children? Will my children gather knowing God has a message for them from their father? Indeed, this was also a final opportunity for the brothers of Joseph to make amends … perhaps they will individually and collectively repent and mourn before God – like King Hezekiah did when told by the prophet to prepare for death … how will you react when God speaks as you gather to Him ? Will you resign yourself to fate or will you plead for His mercy. Your children will not respond to you if you have been an irresponsible father. Play the role of a parent. Ask God for wisdom to lead your home.

Isa 38:1Isa 38:1
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

38 1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Set...: Heb. Give charge concerning thy house  

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In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, 3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. … 5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

Song.
Master, speak! Though least and lowest, Let me not unheard depart;
Master, speak! For O, Thou knowest – All the yearning of my heart,
Knowest all its truest need: Speak! and make me blest indeed.
Master, speak! and make me ready, When Thy voice is truly heard,
With obedience glad and steady – Still to follow every word.
I am listening, Lord, for Thee: Master, speak! O, speak to me!

Prayer : Lord, Speak to me … I need a word now to prepare for the last days. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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