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Genesis 49

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Journey through the Book of Genesis with me.  The plan is simple. Read ONE chapter a day. Blog or journal 5* things you learned that you previously didn't know and ask 5* questions about the chapter that you'll ponder all week. Let's go!

** You'll probably learn way more than 5 things and have more than 5 questions about each chapter. That's totally fine. The more the merrier! 

Genesis 49:1-33


INSIGHT 1: (Verse 3-4) Reuben lost his privileged position as first born and the accompanying rights due to his actions earlier in life when he slept with one of his father’s concubine (Genesis 35:22-23). At the time, Jacob said and did nothing about it, but here, he recalls the details and Reuben suffers the consequences. This is a jarring reminder that ALL will give an account for every careless word ever spoken and for every action ever taken, for nothing done in secret will escape God's eyes.

INSIGHT 2: (Verse 5-7) Simeon and Levi, whenever together, proved to be highly volatile and destructive. In Genesis 34, when their sister, Dinah is raped, all the brothers plot to deceive the Hivites, but it was Simeon and Levi who actually committed the murders of all the men in the city. Jacob foresees that an ongoing alliance between them will prove violently disastrous for their brothers, hence his curse on them being scattered among their brothers.