Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 1, 2018

Past History

Genesis 48:18-19 18 Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.” (NIV)

We, as sinful humans, like to think we know what is best.  We presume what we think is best agrees with God’s plan.  Her, Joseph thought the normal blessing of the oldest over the youngest was the best and right way to go.  He thought so strongly that he attempted to correct his father, thinking his father was confused and mistaken.  His father responded in verse 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 nation (NIV).  Joseph’s father had walked with God much longer than Joseph.  As history proves later, the father was correct.  (This was not the first time the younger received the blessing usually intended for the oldest.)  In today’s culture we don’t treat the elderly with the respect we should.  We expect them to be confused and wrong in their decisions.  Wisdom comes with age and experience.  In our youth, we like to ignore history.  We fail to take our lessons from the past.  Though our past mistakes are forgiven, let us not forget them so as not to repeat them.

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