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Read Your Bible In A Year Day 11

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 1:41 AM
The Bible readings for January 11 are Genesis 28 & 29 and Matthew 8:21 – 34.  Jacob left home with Issac’s blessing ringing in his ears.  He was on his way to find a wife from among uncle Laban’s daughters.  On the journey, he had a dream, and in this dream, the LORD gave Jacob a very clear message.  Just as God had been with Abraham and Issac, so now would He be with Jacob.  The covenant God made with Abraham, and carried on through Issac, would now continue through Jacob.  In response, Jacob makes a vow.  Jacob would acknowledge the LORD as his God should He meet the criteria set out by Jacob.  Jacob would also give God a tenth of everything God gives to him.  Arriving at Paddam-Aram, Jacob meets his future wife, Rachel, who was tending her father’s sheep.  Jacob made a deal with Laban.  He would work for Laban for seven years so he could marry Rachel.  The seven years flew past quickly, and on the evening of the wedding feast, Laban tricked Jacob by giving him Leah, Rachel’s sister, to be his wife.  You can imagine how Jacob felt at this betrayal.  It is interesting how the deceiver hates being deceived.  Jacob agreed to work for a further seven years and a week after Jacob married Leah he married Rachel.  The LORD let Leah have children, while the loved Rachel was childless.  Of course, times have changed and nowadays a man can be the husband of only one wife at any time.  I sense some tensions boiling in this family and we will see how that unfolds tomorrow.  In Matthew, we sense the urgency of following Jesus instead of waiting for what we might consider an appropriate time.  We also take note of Jesus’ authority over nature.  Sailing in a boat on the lake with His disciples, a furious storm arose and threatened to send them all to a watery grave.  The wind and the waves listened to the voice of Jesus and everything was calm.  If Jesus is on our side, what have we to fear?  Next, Jesus heals two demon-possessed men.  Wouldn’t you think people would be happy to have Jesus around when He did some good for the community?  The whole town pleaded with Jesus to leave their region and I cannot but think they were too interested in their pigs than their fellow humans.  You see, the demons entered a herd of pigs, which then went down into the lake and were drowned.  Even today, people can get scared off by what Jesus can do.  Instead of being scared, it is far better to put our trust in Him and know He is with us always, to the very end of the age.

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