Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bible breakdown

Genesis 28 says that Isaac blessed Jacob and commanded him to not marry a Canaanite woman. He told Jacob to go and marry one of the daughters of Laban who is his mother's brother. 3 May God Almighty [c] bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. 4 May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now live as an alien, the land God gave to Abraham." 5 Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau. When Esau had learned that Isaac blessed Jacob, he was angered at not being blessed so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had. When we become angry at a parent or at a leader who blesses a brother or a friend and not us, we can do things that are not right, that displease God and is the wrong path for us to go down. Esau married a woman who displeased his father Abraham because of his anger. He was living in sin because he had multiple wives.
Jacob's Dream at Bethel
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway [d] resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it [e] stood the LORD, and he said: "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."

16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it." 17 He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven."

18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel, [f] though the city used to be called Luz.

20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD [g] will be my God 22 and [h] this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth."

God was with Jacob and promised to never leave him until the promise that God made to him had been fulfilled. Jacob started what is an essential part of our church services, and will allow us to live a blessed life, which is offering the Lord a tenth of our income or possessions. God owns 100% of our possessions, and desires 10% of our income, that is all, just 10%!! We must be faithful to do so, I pray that I can live off of 20% or 30% of my income in the future and give 70% or 80% of my income to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, fulfilling the Great Commission.

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