Genesis 49-50

“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.” (49:10)
The obedience of the nations shall be His… this is one of those phrases that tastes sweet in my mouth. Jesus came from this line of Judah and all dominion and rule was given to Him in Daniel 7:13-14.

“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

Gotta love these little peeks into the future of Christ, in the midst of uncertainty. God’s people are displaced, not in the land their supposed to be in, but things are not out of control. A horrible thing (7 years of famine) brings them all to Egypt, but they end up at the top of the food chain because God planned ahead by using another horrible thing (them selling their brother into slavery). He always triumphs over evil because He’s so good. 

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (50:20)

Now let us remember that these small-ish victories are leading to a giant one. I bet each one of us can remember a time, in our own lives, when God brought something good out of something hard. He doesn’t stop here, though. The obedience of the nations shall be His. 

I can’t even imagine. The world is a tourmoilous mess right now. The wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, DRC, Somalia, etc. are impossible to stomach. But we have this hope and His people have had it for over 4000 years. 

Jesus taught us how to pray: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” His kingdom is everlasting. What a glorious word. Let’s pray this together today. 

-Bethany 

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