Time to Devour!

“Benjamin is ravenous as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.” Genesis 49:27

It’s interesting that the New American Commentary brings out that what Jacob said of his son Benjamin was not in his natural character. We see in the narrative so far that Benjamin is more of a passive character, not a ferocious go getter. It is only in Benjamin’s descendants that would gain a reputation for being strong, brave and skilful warriors. (Judg 20:15–16; 1 Chr 12:2) (1 Chr 8:40)[1] Israel saw something in Benjamin that even Benjamin didn’t see in himself.

Who would be in the pacificist and peaceful linage of Benjamin? Their first wolf like character came out with their skill as a left handed warrior. Jdg. 3:15; 20:16. Ehud the second judge, and Saul the first king, were of the Benjamites; as was Esther and Mordecai, by whom the enemies of the Jews were destroyed. The apostle Paul was of this tribe (Rom. 11:1; Phil. 3:5); and he did, in the morning of his day, devour the prey as a persecutor, but, in the evening, divided the spoil as a preacher.[2]

There is a time table here. There is a time table of at the start, in the morning get to work. And only in the evening after a full days work you can enjoy your labour.

Well what if you are a bit older, and say well I have missed my young opportunity. Can I share a little secret? You are younger now than you ever will be.

You look at a visual representation of this on Nature or the Discovery Chanel. There is a passion and an energy as a wolf will tear it’s prey apart. God has designed the wolf to do a specific work, you look at the design and you see the purpose of those teeth are for tearing flesh. Each one of us God has given a special work to do. And we should go about that work with a passion and an excellence to get it accomplished.

I would encourage you, to pursue with energy and ENthusi-isasm a specific work that God has called you to do.

Do you see the power of speaking words into a persons life? It transformed the entire linage of Benjamin, one of the lowest sons of Israel. God has a special gift to us. He speaks words of blessing and hope into our life as well. He sees potential and a transformed life even when we can’t see that in our own life. If we will listen God will speak words of hope and healing into our own life.

I want to encourage you to speak blessings and words of encouragement into other people’s lives today. I also want to encourage you that just people someone tries to stereotype you a certain way that you don’t like Don’t let it define you. I want to encourage you to allow God to define your sense of self worth and meaning.

Have a blessed week,

 

Pastor Jonathan Geraci

[1] K. A. Mathews, Genesis 11:27–50:26, vol. 1B, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005), 910.

[2] Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994), 93.

 

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