Yesterday we saw what happened
when Jacob learned that Joseph was alive.
His heart literally stopped, then revived.
His spirit came alive.
Joseph’s death was completely erased
when Jacob learned that his son had risen!
Jacob was given new motivation.
When he heard that his beloved was alive,
he said, “I will go and see him before I die.”
This story reminds me of Simeon
in Luke 2:25-35.
“So Israel took his journey
with all that he had,
and came to Beersheba,
and offered sacrifices
to the God of his father Isaac.”
Beersheba was the location
where Jacob’s father built an altar to God,
after leaving the well at Rehoboth.
At Beersheba the Lord appeared to Isaac
the same night and said,
“I am the God of your father Abraham;
do not fear, for I am with you.
I will bless you and multiply your descendants
for My servant Abraham’s sake.”
So he built an altar there
and called on the name of the Lord,
and he pitched his tent there;
and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.”
In Beersheba, God spoke to Israel
in the visions of the night,
and said, “Jacob, Jacob!”
This is interesting.
The Lord gave Jacob
the new name of Israel,
but here in Beersheba He called him Jacob.
Jacob responded just like his forefathers
and said, “Here I am.”
Then God announced himself
and said, “I am God, the God of your father;
do not fear to go down to Egypt,
for I will make of you a great nation there.
I will go down with you to Egypt,
and I will also surely bring you up again;
and Joseph will put his hand on your eyes.”
What did He mean by
“Joseph will put his hand on your eyes?”
Most of the commentaries that I read
about the meaning of Joseph
putting his hand on Jacob’s eyes
had to do with cultural significance.
They say that it is a reference to death;
since it was the custom to close
a deceased person's eye when they died.
And while this is true,
and is probably the meaning behind it -
the Holy Spirit is leading me
to think it is about Jesus.
In particular, the passage that comes to mind
is Jesus using mud give sight to the blind
found in John 9.
And His disciples asked Him,
“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,
that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,
but that the works of God
should be revealed in him.
I must work the works
of Him who sent Me while it is day;
the night is coming when no one can work.
As long as I am in the world,
I am the light of the world.”
When He had said these things,
He spat on the ground
and made clay with the saliva;
and He anointed the eyes
of the blind man with the clay.
And He said to him,
“Go, wash in the pool of Siloam”
(which is translated, Sent).
So he went and washed,
and came back seeing.”
You SEE, I am a prophet
of the New Testament.
I will no longer hide
to make people feel good.
God himself has opened my eyes,
and everything I SEE is about Jesus Alive.
Where the world sees death,
I see new life.
Where the world sees pride,
I see humility.
Where the world sees rebellion,
I see submission.
Where the world sees religion,
I see intimacy.
On THIS ROCK,
I have my foundation.
Nothing can shake me,
not even the winds
that hurl in every direction.
I once was dead in my spirit,
just like Jacob;
and just like Jacob,
I wrestled with God
and God himself gave me a new name.
My name is DAUGHTER of the Living King;
and everything I SEE is about Jesus Alive;
and with His love and His strong foundation
no man can stop me from speaking about Him.
This is the gift that I have been given.
Everyone receives what God gives to them,
but all children of God carry out His mission.
Some help the homeless,
some single women,
some feed the orphans,
some take in foster care children,
some go into hospitals,
some care for the sick,
some give hope to the hopeless
by coming beside them in their brokenness.
All children of God are fully equipped
to be New Testament prophets
and point people to Jesus.
Every verse we read
comes from the legal document
that is signed and delivered,
by God himself.
The Bible speaks to God’s ownership
and his sovereignty of his legal property rights.
A Good Deed only comes from God,
and those who are called
according to His purpose.
“Then Jacob arose from Beersheba;
and the sons of Israel
carried their father Jacob,
their little ones, and their wives,
in the carts which Pharaoh
had sent to carry him.
The persons of the house of Jacob
who went to Egypt were 70 in all.”
The Most Holy God is Yahweh.
He is the creator
and ruler of the whole universe.
The heavens and the earth are fully His.
Thus says the LORD:
“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.”
When He is ready
the heavens and the earth will disappear,
and all that will remain
is what remains in Him.
“Remain in Me,
and I will remain in you.
Just as no branch can bear fruit
by itself unless it remains in the vine,
neither can you bear fruit
unless you remain in Me.”
These words that I write
are faithful and true.
Look at the scripture
and you will see them too.
“Now I saw a new heaven
and a new earth,
for the first heaven
and the first earth had passed away.
Also there was no more sea.
Then He who sat on the throne said,
“Behold, I make all things new.”
And He said to me,
“Write, for these words
are faithful and true”
Revelation 21:1, 5