It's Day 27 and we're in Genesis 35.Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 10 - It's worth some pondering why God chose as the person who would receive the name Israel someone whose primary trait was being a deceiver.
- Verse 2 - Why Jacob hadn't done this up to this point speaks to his lack of fervor for God.
- Verse 4 - Apparently the earrings were a way to express their allegiance to that god.
- Verse 22 - More family dysfunction.
- Verse 28 - Back in that day, people lived longer. God would shorten the typical lifespan later.
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Your Questions and Comments:
- "With Jacob being so deceitful why would God choose him to be called Israel and his sons the father of the 12 tribes of Israel? Perhaps God knew he was not perfect as we are not but had other good qualities?" - There is not an easy answer to that question. Jacob is difficult to root for, given his questionable behavior. And he's not the only one. Much of the book of Genesis reads like an episode of Jerry Springer, with chosen people doing iffy things. The best answer I have (and I don't think it's a particularly great one) is that throughout the Bible God does His work through people who are very imperfect. It makes the Bible a very human story. And it gives me hope that He might be able to do something great through a very imperfect person like me.
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