Joseph & his brothers (12)
How can God's promises be fulfilled in a family like Jacob's?
Genesis ends with the deaths of Jacob and Joseph - is this the sad but inevitable end of any biography? Not at all - we see how God's promises have been fulfilled, look ahead to how his promises are going to be kept and see the great purposes of God's…
From Jacob's blessings of his sons we see how God treats every believer differently and how vital our response is. Past sins can be turned to blessing, privileges...
Jacob and his family are enjoying God's blessing in Egypt but Jacob is determined his sons must not forget God's Promise and the Promised Land of Canaan. We need the same attitude as we live as strangers and exiles here in this world.
Jacob says 'few and evil have been the days of my life'. But his suffering, pain and difficulties don't mean his life has been a mistake or that God's purposes have gone awry - and nor do our own pains and difficulties.
The final test, a dramatic transformation, an emotional re-union and the character of the Lord Jesus shining through for us to admire.