5 June 2018 Verse of the Day

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.  (2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh
Gen 48:1
  Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is ill.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him. 
Gen 48:2  When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed. 
Gen 48:3  Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me 
Gen 48:4  and said to me, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.’ 
Gen 48:5  “Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine. 
Gen 48:6  Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers. 
Gen 48:7  As I was returning from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan while we were still on the way, a little distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there beside the road to Ephrath” (that is, Bethlehem). 
Gen 48:8  When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, “Who are these?” 
Gen 48:9  “They are the sons God has given me here,” Joseph said to his father. Then Israel said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.” 
Gen 48:10  Now Israel’s eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them. 
Gen 48:11  Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.” 
Gen 48:12  Then Joseph removed them from Israel’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground. 
Gen 48:13  And Joseph took both of them, Ephraim on his right toward Israel’s left hand and Manasseh on his left toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them close to him. 
Gen 48:14  But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn. 
Gen 48:15  Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, 
Gen 48:16  the Angel who has delivered me from all harm —may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly on the earth.” 
Gen 48:17  When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 
Gen 48:18  Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.” 
Gen 48:19  But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.” 
Gen 48:20  He blessed them that day and said, “In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.'” So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. 
Gen 48:21  Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers. 
Gen 48:22  And to you I give one more ridge of land than to your brothers, the ridge I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.” 

Jacob Blesses His Sons
Gen 49:1
  Then Jacob called for his sons and said: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come. 
Gen 49:2  “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel. 
Gen 49:3  “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, the first sign of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power. 
Gen 49:4  Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel, for you went up onto your father’s bed, onto my couch and defiled it. 
Gen 49:5  “Simeon and Levi are brothers— their swords are weapons of violence. 
Gen 49:6  Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased. 
Gen 49:7  Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel. 
Gen 49:8  “Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. 
Gen 49:9  You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? 
Gen 49:10  The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his. 
Gen 49:11  He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. 
Gen 49:12  His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk. 
Gen 49:13  “Zebulun will live by the seashore and become a haven for ships; his border will extend toward Sidon. 
Gen 49:14  “Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down among the sheep pens. 
Gen 49:15  When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor. 
Gen 49:16  “Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel. 
Gen 49:17  Dan will be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward. 
Gen 49:18  “I look for your deliverance, LORD. 
Gen 49:19  “Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels. 
Gen 49:20  “Asher’s food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king. 
Gen 49:21  “Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns. 
Gen 49:22  “Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall. 
Gen 49:23  With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility. 
Gen 49:24  But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, 
Gen 49:25  because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and womb. 
Gen 49:26  Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers. 
Gen 49:27  “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder.” 
Jacob’s Death and Burial
Gen 49:28  All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him. 
Gen 49:29  Then he gave them these instructions: “I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 
Gen 49:30  the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite. 
Gen 49:31  There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried, and there I buried Leah. 
Gen 49:32  The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites.” 
Gen 49:33  When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard