Devotion – Genesis 47

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S – “Jacob said to Pharaoh, “My pilgrimage has lasted 130 years. My years have been few and hard, and they have not reached the years of my ancestors during their pilgrimages.” 10 So Jacob blessed Pharaoh and departed from Pharaoh’s presence.”

Genesis  47:9–10 CSB

O – Jacob gives an interesting description of his life.  “Few and hard” reminds us that a full life can be remembered more in the significant moment, than in days.  The hardness is true.  “Hard” is translated in Hebrew to mean “evil, adversity.”  He has definitely been a part of or endured both.  Yet, Jacob blesses Pharaoh, a ruler that is foreign to him.  He follows the pattern laid out to Abraham in Genesis 12:3. (“I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt.”)

A – Life is hard.  We will go through tough times and challenges.  My hope is to be a blessing more than a difficulty for others.  I can bless others no matter the difference between us.

R – Lord, help me to do this.

* The book of Luke is coming after Genesis is finished.