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Manasseh!

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17 When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.


THINK ABOUT IT

What do you think you deserve?

Who do you think you are?

Do you know God’s will for you?

Who is cheating you?

Who deserves the blessings of God?

Who is judging you?


The hand of God is mighty enough to bless us even when the hands of men wish to touch us wrongly. The hand of God is mighty enough to shield us each second when the hands of men throw armors and weapons of mass destruction day and night. The hand of God is mighty enough to locate us to where we belong when the hand of men seek to push us to where we do not belong to. The hand of God is mighty enough to provide us  bread when the hands of men deny us  bread. The hand of God is mighty enough to lift us up when we fall, and when we slumber, His mighty hand will empower us in His power and might!

Who thinks you do not deserve the blessings of God?

He chooses who He wants to use for His mighty works. He chooses the person He wants to bless notwithstanding who and where such a person comes from. He is mighty! He is supreme! Jehovah God almighty is sovereign! He called Abraham for His noble duty. He chose to use Jacob instead of Esau. David was the youngest among his siblings but, God used him for mighty works.

To Joseph, Manasseh deserved to be blessed ahead of his younger brother Ephraim. Joseph had an agenda, to position Manasseh in the most advantageous place so that Manasseh would receive the blessings.

13 And Joseph took both of them, Ephraim on his right toward Israel’s left hand and Manasseh on his left toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them close to him. 14 But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.

It is amazing to notice that though Jacob’s eyes could not see well, he was still in the position to give blessings to whom blessings was due. The favor of God is not about where you are.  David was absent during the role call but God called him.

17 When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”

19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.” 20 He blessed them that day and said,…’

Let men position you in the den, God will make you a Daniel in the den. Let men position  you to face Goliath, God will make you a David.  Let men subject you to undue pressure, torture and pain, blindfold you and lead you into the dungeon, God will make you a Samson there! Let men build a death trap for you, God shall turn it into the days of  Mordecai and Haman and you shall only see with your eyes the destruction of evil plotters who would never repent!

Courage, brother, do not stumble,
Though thy path be dark as night;
There’s a star to guide the humble:
Trust in God and do the right.
Let the road be rough and dreary,
And its end far out of sight,
Foot it bravely; strong or weary,

‘What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be!  For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.…For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH.” So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.’ –Romans 9

God is faithful to His promises. God never disappoints. His delay may not mean His absolute denial. God is God!


PONDER

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastics 12


HYMN

Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ,

BY:    J. Temperley Grey

Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ,
Thy love has conquered me;
Beneath Thy Cross I die to self,
And live alone to Thee.

Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ,
  Nor creed, nor form, nor word,
Nor holy Church, nor human love,
  Compare with Thee, my Lord!

Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ,
My inmost being fill;
So shall I think as Thou dost think,
And will as Thou dost will.

Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ,
Thy life transfigure mine;
And through this veil of mortal flesh,
Lord, let Thy splendor shine.


Where ever you are, God will find you

Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

1 Samuel 16:13

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