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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Genesis 35:16-29

Relax, Read and Reflect
Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, "Don't be afraid, for you have another son." 18 As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni. [
a] But his father named him Benjamin. [b]
19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 20 Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel's tomb.
21 Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder. 22 While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father's concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. Jacob had twelve sons:
23 The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.
24 The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
25 The sons of Rachel's maidservant Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali.
26 The sons of Leah's maidservant Zilpah: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram.
27 Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. 28 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years. 29 Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
Genesis 35:18 Ben-Oni means son of my trouble .
Genesis 35:18 Benjamin means son of my right hand .
Rachel continued to have children, (two sons,) and died during the last childbirth. Jacob, or Israel, went to stay at the land of his father and grandfather. He buried his favorite wife near Bethlehem. Soon, his oldest son, Reuben, slept with one of Jacob’s concubines. This was a no-no. Jacob found out about it, but did not punish Reuben immediately.
Jacob gets home in time to bury his father, Isaac. This he did with his brother-Esau. This is one of the parts of the story that confuse me. Isaac was on his death bed when he blessed Jacob, yet thirty years later, he is still around. Esau says he will not kill Jacob until after the death of this father, out of respect. Does this mean he is free to kill Jacob now?
Sometimes when we sin, the punishment is not immediate. We may even think we got away with the sin, but the sin is always around our necks.
The twelve sons of Jacob,( Israel,) become the twelve nations of the Hebrew people. How many, besides the sons of Rachel, can you name?
Prayer-Lord, help us to remember than even though we do not get caught, sin is still sin, and gets between ourselves and our Lord. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do Read Genesis Chapter 36


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