Just as per the title am here to write some of my lessons from Genesis chapter 1-50. Sometime back i posted on my whats app status of Janet Mbuguas book ‘My first time’ and somebody asked me ‘kwani u read books?’. So from that statement you already know am not a book person🙂.
March 2020 when Rono happened to kill boredom i decided to read a book by Warren W.Wiersbe life sentence. The book is about 63 people from the bible and how to apply their characters in real life. So halfway reading Abraham story i realized i was ‘floating’ and some contents was new. Since the book was interesting i decided its just wise to read my bible for better understanding.
Genesis mostly is about family:Adam and Eve,Noah,Abraham,Isaac,Jacob and Joseph which for me was interesting to read. I came up with some lessons from this book:
1)You do for family. On two occasions Abraham saved him when he was captured and when the angels were going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Joseph brothers had to tell pharaoh they have always been shepherds in order to be given land in Egypt which is what Joseph had told them to say.
We all have that person in your family that no matter what they get themselves into we never give up on them. You might have lost count on chances given,sleepless nights, money spent, favors you have requested from people, insults you receive,prayers that God has received concerning their life and we should not give up on them. Family is Family no matter what.
2)Forgiveness. Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers. This is one virtue that is always the hardest. We live by ‘i forgive you but ill never forget’ phrase which is a half baked form o forgiveness,until recently when listening to a sermon i learned it is a soul ties😮. For Esau and Jacob it took them 20 years to reconcile. Don’t you think its time you forgave someone who caused you pain in any way and just let go. No matter the outcome at least you will feel at peace. Learn to forgive yourself and it will be easier to forgive others.
3)Love. Abraham loved Sarah, Isaac loved Rebekah, Jacob Loved Rachael, Jacob loved Joseph and Benjamin. We can say were their ride and die. When you are surrounded by love virtue of hope,peace of mind,joy,being content come out automatically which is a plus in your life. Agape love-the unconditional love of God. He was there in the beginning when the earth was formless and void. He made Noah start a new generation,He gave Abraham a son,He made Abimelechs wives and maid servants barren because they had taken Sarah from Abraham,He brought terror to the neighboring cities when Jacob went to Bethel and he promised to be with Jacob when he went to Egypt. God was deeply committed to their live and their future. We can express love through different ways: Showing up for someone and being there, through gifts, prayer, saying it,etc. However you express it i hope its pure and unconditional.
4)Blessings from a Parent. Noah, Abraham, Isaac,and Jacob all blessed their sons.Also the blessings God gave to Abraham was passed on to Isaac and Jacob.Blessing your child is a form of respect that you have towards a person and shows that you mean well upon their lives. When Isaac blessed Jacob he told him not to marry a Canaanite woman and when he went to labans house he married Leah and Rachael. From this Esau realized that was what his father wanted for his sons and he married Ishmael’s daughter. My aunt(mum side) during one of our visit she told us how she always speaks into our lives and never forgets to pray for us(50+ people). Sometimes when you pop into her mind she will just call you and that is something i came to treasure and appreciate. People refereed to God as the God of Abraham,God of Isaac and God of Jacob because they understood and saw the extent God can go for his people.
During this Period reach out to your family,send them a sweet message, call,visit if its possible cause life is too short we don’t know about tomorrow. I will try my best to do the same and i hope a good and better outcome.😊
Something new i learnt was that Cain built his own City and named it Enoch. 😃
See you in EXODUS,Hopefully.