Summary: We will watch as Jacob blesses his children and in the blessing we will see that they reap what they sow. We too reap what we sow and we should heed this warning.

Reaping What We Sow

A. In our Lives

B. In Dying and the things thereafter

DBF, Sunday Worship, 6/23/02

My Father was always fond of people with political connections and money.

He thought that there was something special about them and he would often tell anyone listening to him this.

I have seen however, that most of the people he has held in high esteem back in Louisiana have gone away.

One man he dearly loved to lift up was the owner of numerous different shipyards…he had a heart attack then because of what he sowed by drinking and living a life of immorality when his body was crippled he had nothing else to live for so he committed suicide.

Governor Edwin Edwards, fought numerous legal battles with the federal prosecutors and has served several years in jail.

A number of others have succumbed to their greed and wanting.

Two men sold underground storage of heavy water, one died shortly thereafter and the other has had a number of his children die from cancer.

I really like the way that Alaska at least looks at the issues that make life worth living and looks upon things with some stewardship principals in mind.

The escapement of salmon on yearly runs often is a bitter debate in fishing circles…but shows the wise stewardship which is needed to ensure future runs of the salmon this region so depends upon.

You see, if I can catch 500 fish today and catch them all, not leaving any to spawn, I deplete my food source and a future food source of my children.

God absolutely calls you and I to be wise stewards and he shows us in the lesson this week that there are things we reap from our actions.

A. In our Lives

Genesis 49:1-27 (KJV)

And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. [2] Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.

[3] Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: [4] Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.

[5] Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. [6] O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. [7] Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.

[8] Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. [9] Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? [10] The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. [11] Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: [12] His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

[13] Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.

[14] Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: [15] And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.

[16] Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. [17] Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. [18] I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord.

[19] Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.

[20] Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

[21] Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.

[22] Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: [23] The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: [24] But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) [25] Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: [26] The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

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