May 23, 2023

Tuesday – Pentateuch

Reading – Genesis 35-36

Highlight Verses:

“Now that Jacob had returned from Paddan-aram, God appeared to him again at Bethel. God blessed him, saying, “Your name is Jacob, but you will not be called Jacob any longer. From now on your name will be Israel.” So God renamed him Israel.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭35‬:‭9‬-‭10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In many cultures, a person is renamed upon a major life event. In Islam, it is common for a person to take a new name as a statement of faith. In most places, a spouse will often take a new last name upon marriage. Usually, an child will take a new last name upon adoption.

In Jacob’s case, his new title, meaning “the Lord fights” replaced his original title of “deceiver” to reflect a change in character when Israel stepped into the promised land.

When we turn to Jesus and accept His new life and forgiveness, we are given a new title – that of child of the King. Royalty!

That gives us certain rights and responsibilities.

It is the right of every child of God to tell Satan what he can go do with himself.

It is the right of every child of God to walk in joy.

It is the responsibility of every child of God to follow where He leads and bring others with us.

Are you listening to God’s name for you or the one that Satan would have you believe?
Are you acting as if God’s name for you is accurate?”

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