THE FOOLISHNESS OF JACOB’S SILENCE
Thursday, 07 Adar, 5778 = Thursday, February 22, 2018
“And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it” (Genesis 35:22).
Daily Devotional 22nd February 2018 by Steve Ogan – The impropriety of Jacob’s curse on Reuben at the point of his death in the first month of Nisan is graphically brought home by the fact that Jacob did not say a word to Reuben or to Bilhah (whose name means foolishness) on the day they defiled his marital bed.
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Rachel, Jacob’s beloved wife, had died during childbirth on their way to Ephrath, that is, Bethlehem. Jacob was, of course, mourning the death of the love of his life. It was completely out of order for Reuben his firstborn to have sex with Bilhah who was Rachel’s maid. Genesis 35:19 and 22 says “so Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath…And it happened when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah, his father’s concubine; and Israel heard about it”. Jacob did not call Reuben to order when he heard about his foolish action; he did not rebuke him, neither did he punish him. He just kept silent until the day of his death.
A problem that could have been sorted out at the time it happened was kept lingering. Jacob was obviously bitter and angry with his first son, Reuben. He nursed his anger until the time of his departure into eternity. It was at this time he vented his anger, pronouncing a curse on Reuben on the day he was pronouncing a blessing on his younger brothers.
KEY PRAYER FOCUS Daily Devotional 22nd February 2018 by Steve Ogan
1. PRAY AGAINST THE CANCERWORM OF ANGER AND PAIN: “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city” (Proverbs 16:32).
2. PRAY THAT INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, INSTITUTIONS AND NATIONS WILL IMBIBE THE HEAVENLY CULTURE OF FORGIVENESS: “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him” (Luke 17:3).
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