by Robert Walker

When Life Sends Mixed Signals
Robert Walker
Genesis 46

The characters of the Old Testament provide the saints of God with a great variety of reading. We see men just like us that often life would send them mixed signals. But we see them as God sees them and understands them, the secrets of their hearts, as well as their activities and service, are set before us.

Some of these characters are a warning to us because of disobedience and failure in their lives.

Other characters challenge us when we see their spiritual vigor and holy enthusiasm in the face of danger and opposition. It spurs us on to a new endeavor for God and the gospel.

Paul says, "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we though patience and comfort of the scripture might have hope.

I want us to learn some spiritual lessons from an Old Testament saint whose life was sending to him mixed signals. Notice some things in the life of Jacob as see forth in the opening of Genesis chapter 46:-


"And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba."

He had heard the astonishing news that Joseph was still alive and had become a governor in the land of Egypt. So he set out to see the one he loved so dearly, who had sent the invitation for him to come and live near him.

This must have meant a great deal to Jacob, now an old man, over one hundred years of age. He packs up. Leaves his home in Canaan and makes that journey to another land.

The thing that urged him to go, and allow no doubt to be created in his mind was the fact that he truly believed that Joseph was really alive.

Had it not been for this he would not have committed himself to such a journey at such a time, taking with him every thing which he possessed. Friend as saints of God we need to be convinced that the motive for Christian activity is based on truth. He is alive and that is the truth that Jacob believed. Jacob bel ...

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