Saturday, January 15, 2011

Is anybody out there?

I am having a great time reading these chapters and writing a little each day about my thoughts.  I hope they are of value to you.  I very much appreciate your remarks and the opportunity to exchange thoughts.  This week there hasn't been much activity.  I hope that is because you are busy and not because you aren't doing your reading and interacting with God's Holy Spirit who inspired the writing.  Please give me a "hey" once in a while so I know that you are with me as we journey through this, the world's most read book and the letter that instructs us in God's wisdom.

One of the things that strikes me in this reading is how God promised to establish a mighty nation out of Abraham and within 3 generations names that new nation Israel (name given to Jacob).  As Jacob (Israel) blesses his sons we hear the names of the 12 tribes that will make up the new nation in another 400 years.  It also strikes me that Israel was first named 400 years before its establishment and still exists 4000+years later.  Can you think of another nation that has influenced the world for so long?

The 12 tribes that will one day make up the provinces of Israel: Rueben, Simeon, Judah,Zebulon, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Napthali, (Joseph's two sons) Ephraim, Manassah and, finally, Benjamin.

See you in church.  Have a God blessed Sabbath


  1. Still out here and still reading and learning along the way. One of my thoughts in reading these chapters is how much work it would have been to move so many people,livestock,and possessions about.

  2. It's also interesting that Jacob (Israel) blesses Joseph's two sons in the same way that Jacob was blessed over Esau..Ephraim the younger over Manassah the firstborn.

  3. Still here, Pastor. Thank you for your faithfulness! What a comfort to know that I'm not alone in this journey but am traveling with companions who seek after the one true God.