January 24 – Echoes from the Past

January 24
Genesis 48:1-49:33
Matthew 15:29-16:12
Psalm 20:1-9
Proverbs 4:20-27

Genesis 48:5 Jacob is claiming Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh. When we get to the long genealogies (I Chronicles 5:1-2) we’ll see how the birthright that belonged to Judah went to Ephraim and Manasseh. Also of interest – 48:18-19 Joseph is correcting his dad about who deserves the birthright – in an interesting echo of what Jacob did to his father in Gen. 27. 49:10 – the scepter – is spoken of by Balaam (Numbers 24:17), the Psalmists (Psalm 60:7, 108:8). Shiloh is a difficult term – and even commentators admit it’s hard to be certain. But it seems to talk about the promised seed to Eve.

Matthew 15:30-31 – pay attention to these verses – when we come to the trial of Jesus, this would be exhibit 1 in the defense of Jesus of Nazareth. Why? Check Isaiah 35:4-6! 15:33 – remember what we read 2 days ago? An interesting echo of 14:17. The disciples failed the lesson 2 days ago, and they look like they failed the quiz Jesus gave them today. Thankfully Jesus, the Great Teacher addressed the learning problem the disciples had in 16:8.

Psalm 20:7 – There is a chorus based on this verse – I trust you will be blessed by this as I was!

Proverbs 4:20-27. Engage your ears, eyes, mouth, lips, and feet so you can keep your heart!

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