Genesis, part 67
Never Losing the Wonder
“And Jacob became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks of cattle and camels and donkeys.” Genesis 30:43
“Then the LORD said to Jacob, ‘Go back, now, to the land of your fathers [Promised Land/Canaan], and to your relatives, and I will be with you.’” Genesis 31:3
“Then Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau.” Genesis 32:3
“And the messengers returned to Jacob saying, ‘We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you accompanied by four hundred [armed] men.’” Genesis 32:6
“Then Jacob was greatly afraid; so he divided the people who were with him into two groups, saying, ‘If Esau comes against one group and attacks it, then the other group will escape.’” Genesis 32:7-8
“Then Jacob prayed and said, ‘O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, You who told me to return to my country and my relatives, and You would bless me . . . I am unworthy of all the steadfast love and faithfulness which you have shown me – for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan River [i.e., twenty years ago], and now I have become two groups of people. Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with the children.’” Genesis 32:9-11
“Then Esau RAN to meet Jacob, and embraced him, and fell on Jacob’s neck, and kissed him – and they both wept.” Genesis 33:4
[Jacob] “O LORD, I am unworthy of all the steadfast love and faithfulness which You have shown to me – for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan River [i.e., twenty years ago], and now I have become two groups of people.” Genesis 32:10
God loves this kind of self-effacing . . . give-God-all-the-glory . . . stand-in-wonder-of-all-God’s-done-for-me attitude!
[Jesus] “For everyone who exalts himself God will humble, but he who humbles himself God will exalt.” Luke 18:14
“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10
“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due season.” 1 Peter 5:6
The most important part of the Davidic Covenant was that the Messiah would be a direct descendant of David – which indeed He was!
[God] “. . . and I will cut off your enemies from before you and will make you a great name, like the names of the great men on earth . . . And I will give you rest from all your enemies.” 2 Samuel 7:9, 11
2 Samuel 8:1 – Philistines
2 Samuel 8:2 – Moabites
2 Samuel 8:3-8 – Syrians
2 Samuel 8:9-10 – Hittites
2 Samuel 8:12 – Ammonites
2 Samuel 8:13-14 – Edomites
Leon Wood – A Survey of Israel’s History
“David’s authority now extended from the Gulf of Aqaba in the south all the way to the Euphrates in the north . . . David’s empire did not rival those of Egypt, Assyria or Babylon at the height of those nations’ power. But there is no doubt that David was the strongest and most powerful ruler alive in his day.”
“David said, ‘Who am I, O LORD God, and who is my family, that You have brought me this far?’”
2 Samuel 7:18
[David] “In my personal devotion to this project, I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver – OVER and ABOVE – everything I have provided out of the official treasury – 3000 talents of gold and 7000 talents of silver . . .” 1 Chronicles 29:3-4
At today’s prices = $1.2 billion
[David] “Who am I . . . that I should be able to give as generously as this?” 1 Chronicles 29:14a
It’s one thing to say “Who am I?” when you are a rookie king.
It’s a radically different thing to be the most powerful ruler in the ancient Near East and still be saying “Who am I?”
Even at the zenith of his power, David was still as awe-struck at where God had taken him, and what God had done for him – as he was at the very beginning.
I believe that this is a big part of why God did all the great things He did for David and Jacob: because they never “lost the wonder” of God’s undeserved mercy and grace!
If we want to see God flood our lives with His richest blessing . . . we must be people who strive never to “lose the wonder” of God’s blessings and take them for granted.
Never forget where we came from (where God found us)
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I took you from the pasture, from taking care of sheep and I made you prince over my people Israel.” 2 Samuel 7:8
It’s a lot easier to remain in awe of where God has taken us . . . if we never lose sight of where God found us!
My goal today is to convince us to stay humble before the Lord.
Jacob: “LORD, I am unworthy of all the steadfast love and faithfulness You have shown me.”
David: “LORD, who am I, and who is my family, that you have brought me this far?”
[Jesus] “Everyone who exalts himself God will humble, but he who humbles himself God will exalt.” Luke 18:14