My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the
firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was
given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel; so that he is not
enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright.
(1 Chronicles 5:1 NASB)
The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
(Matthew 1:1 NASB)
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
(Matthew 1:2 NASB)
As much as we would like to believe that there are no consequences
for our behavior that is simply not true. Again and again we discover
that not everything can be made right again. Reuben the oldest son of
Jacob was responsible to care for his siblings. He allowed his brothers
to take action against their little brother, Joseph and for this reason
he loses his birthright. Note that back in 1 Chronicles it mentions
that he is not enrolled in the genealogy. We can see that this is true
when the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah is listed in the New Testament.
Who is missing? Reuben. Instead, we find that Jacob is listed as the
father of Judah and his brothers.
These days we don't really want to take responsibility for our
actions. We find this by simply listening to the news! It's always
someone else who is at fault. And yet, there are consequences to our
This week the news has been filled with the Trayvon Martin case. We
don't know the whole story and it appears that there is finger pointing
on both sides with no one wanting to take responsibility for any action.
These things don't just happen in a vacuum. There is a reason that
this tragic accident occurred in Sanford, Florida and sadly, there are
consequences. There are consequences for the Martin family who have
lost their son and there are consequences for the Zimmermans as well.
Just saying "I'm sorry" and thinking that we can go on with our lives
is not enough. Reuben allowed his brothers to take action against
Joseph and then thought he could go back and make it right. He
couldn't! His brother had already been sold into slavery. He was too
late because he had not done the right thing in the moment. Later in
life Reuben's relationship with Joseph was restored, but there were
still eternal consequences for his behavior.
At the end of all time there will be a list of those within God's
family. There are eternal consequences to the choices that we make in
life. Just as Reuben was missing from the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
who will be missing from the "Lamb's Book of Life?"
Lord, please help us to be faithful in the choices that we make in life. Amen.