Let Me Be Frank… 2-6-19

Jacob called together all his sons and said, “Gather around me, and I will tell you what will happen to each of you in the days to come.”  The brothers waited in anticipation for the father’s blessing. 
 
“Simeon and Levi are two of a kind; their weapons are instruments of violence.  May I never join in their meetings; may I never be a party to their plans.  For in their anger they murdered men, and they crippled oxen just for sport.  A curse on their anger, forit is fierce; a curse on their wrath, for it is cruel.  I will scatter them among the descendants of Jacob; I will disperse them throughout Israel.”
Genesis 49:5-7

 
Not exactly the response they were expecting.  And you were probably not expecting me to choose this verse today.  There’s not much hope in this statement… If, indeed, Jacob is foretelling the future, then the future is bleak.
 
They had it coming.  Earlier inGenesis we see the account of a massacre in the city of Shechem.  Their sister had been defiled and, with vengeance in their heart, they set out to destroy the city.  Jacob was not pleased.  And neither was God.
 
But the most amazing thing happened.  Yousee, when we put the pieces together and begin to see the complete and incredible story of God’s relentless love we see how he takes our broken pieces and puts them back together.  His calling on our lives does not simply cease when we fail Him.  Our choices are ours to make and there are consequences to go with them for sure, but He redeems our stories and brings us back into the light when we surrender to Him.
 
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9

 
God has been in the redeeming business long before we came into the picture.  We think we have done too much, gone too far, or wrecked our lives too bad to be of any use.  How can God possibly take what we have done and use it for good?
 
“The opening verse of Exodus 2 describes a birth which would change the world forever.
“Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son…”
And so begins the story of the life of Moses. Moses was born to Amram, a Levite.  Amram was the son of Kohath.  Kohath, in turn, was a son of Levi, the third son of Jacob. 
Moses’ mother was also a Levite, thus Moses was of pure Levitical blood. Moses was given a brother later, Aaron. Together, these two would become the first priests overseeing the well-being of the tribes of Israel as a whole.
 
The tribe of Levi began to emerge as a leading tribe in the time of Moses and Aaron. It would be based on this family tree which God would distribute the Levitical cities. 
The sons of Aaron were to become the “anointed priests”. Their dwelling would be the Temple, or, in the wilderness, the Tent of Meeting. The remainder of the Levites were to serve Aaron and his sons by doing “the work of the tabernacle”.
Taken from http://www.israel-a-history-of.com/tribe-of-levi.html
 
“But you are a chosen race, a holy priesthood…” Don’t think that God can’t redeem your past.  Don’t try to put God in a box, determining what He can and cannot do.  Stop telling yourself that He can’t use you, because He can.
 
I’ve said it before, but it’s time for you to get in the game.  When we surrender to Him, God redeems our past to reclaim our future!
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER! 
SOLI DEO GLORIA
-F