Today’s Reading: Genesis 49-50
Today’s Reflection: Genesis 49:1
Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come.
At the end of his life, Jacob, now known as Israel, called his 12 sons together to prophesy the future of the tribes that would be named for each of them. In each instance the tribe’s destiny was shaped to some degree by the life lived by the man, both by their virtues and their vices. This was a legacy each son of Israel passed on to their descendents both in blessings and in curses, as the rest of Genesis 49 goes on to explain.
The same is true for each of us. We have a legacy we hand down or pass on, either to our family members or to others whom we have authority or influence over. This is something that happens We have a legacy we hand down or pass on whether we are conscious of it or not. Our personal choices shape the experiences of others in ways we cannot predict or undo. Two things to remember as you consider the legacy you will leave behind:
1) The effects of your choices go beyond you and your life: Because of the faithfulness of King David, many years after his death God was still showing mercy to the tribe of Judah.
2 Kings 8:19 – Yet the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant, since he promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.
2) Your legacy will help lead others in the direction of life, or of death: Either your life’s example helps draw people closer to a life-saving relationship with God, or pushes them farther away from one—there is no third option.
Deuteronomy 30:19 – I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.