1 Kings 9
18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”
24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”
What do people do in the boundaries they are given?
This Passage of Jesus' conversations. for us, seems to indicate Jacob's son Judah and his daughter in law Tamar. An ancestor of Jesus, Lion of the Tribe of Judah. God wanted Tamar to bring forth a child of Judah and in doing His Will, Perez and Zerah were born.
So, what is the harm in the manufactured birth of Perez and Zerah.
If we skip the details of working out the Path God gives us, we miss a great deal of possibilities where life is made meaningful and worth living. Little is known of Perez.
A Descendant of Judah,
further down the line:
Little is known of Jabez.
The one we would all like to have part of his blessing for asking God to enlarge his boundaries and a life of no pain. And God did for being honorable.
The Power of Scripture.
Deuteronomy, so very boring, Chronicles in the list of descendants - dry. And really the truth is this...
1 Chronicles 4:9
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.”
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.
This is where the Blessings are.
Then. One small detail. Sin. And generational sin. Something to have empathy for. Something to gloat over - even if the gloater, isn't exactly honest, entirely.
And the Bible. How we are going to present our lives and innermost self to the Lord Jesus. To be covered in the Name of Jesus for our faith and His Goodness.
The Power of God.
David knew he was anointed and spent 22 years feeling all of the Psalms. Defeat, agony, victory, defeat, victory, defeat, Victory, sin, defeat, defeat, Victory.
And then David took Saul's Kingdom - the first map - and in obedience to God made - the second map.
Saul had boundaries. And he refused to believe the Scriptures and the Power of God. He refused to be grateful for today and to let God have tomorrow.
Gratitude is very important.
David had gratitude. And obedience. He believed God was as good as His Word. And in being obedient to God. God's Will Roared like the Lion of Judah.
All of the Blessings of God involve - Trusting God so much you will find gratitude and willingness to believe that the Will of God - is Good - Today.
And in seeking to find the good in today - you will have - Joy, Hope, Faith, Love. And Love is the Greatest of All. Creating endurance, character, hope. Lack of Disappointment. Gentleness, Loving oneself as others.
And in believing God will create a framework For His Will. You will find like Israel - the ups and downs of generations.
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
“Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?
And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God!
You know your children, O Lord Father God! Because of Your promises, and according to Your own heart, You have brought about all this greatness for Your Glory.
And we delight, Your Name will be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of Jesus will be established before You.
For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made Your revelation to your children, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.
And now, O Lord God, you are God, and Your Words are true, and You have promised this good thing to your servant.
Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.
But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His Name, Jesus. He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
In Expectation of His Word to our generations, we say, Thank You Father God. In Jesus, Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †