Genesis 49 – Jacob’s Last Words to His Sons
1 And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:
2 “Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob,
And listen to Israel your father.
[V2] Israel here is Jacob’s new name
3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn,
My might and the beginning of my strength,
The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.
[V3] Reuben (first born) – behold (Reu), see a son (ben)
The first born usually inherits double portion; we are called the Church of the First Born (and we shall receive double portion!)
4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel,
Because you went up to your father’s bed;
Then you defiled it—
He went up to my couch.
[V4] It shows here that the first born is being rejected
Reuben had committed adultery (sexual sin) with his father’s concubine (Genesis 35:22 – 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.)
In the Bible, it says that there is one sin that will affect you like no other sin, but he that commits sexual immorality, sins against his own body. Sex is designed to be maximised in the covenant of marriage and security. Do not trust your flesh in certain situations.
Bilhah – to fear, to be troubled, to be terrified
Instead of looking to Jesus, Reuben decided to go with fear. As long as we look to Jesus, we are not tempted by fear. If we look to Jesus, we are on a higher place than fear.
Matthew 14 – Jesus Walks on the Sea
24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
[V25] The forth watch is around 3AM-6AM, which is the darkest time of the day. In our darkest hour, Jesus does not leave us alone. He comes to us. He walked on the sea – the very problem that was troubling the fishermen. The sea was threatening to drown the fishermen, but Jesus stand right on top of the threat and walked towards them. The Lord is above the waters. He does not abandon us.
26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
[V29] Peter walked on the water because his eyes were on Jesus. By looking at Jesus, Peter became like Jesus. All the while, he was looking at Jesus to give him the ability of the supernatural; even if the waters were calm, Peter would still have not been able to walk on water.
Every blessing comes from looking at Jesus (the son); as we behold His glory, we get transformed (from sickness to healing..)
30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
[V30] He took his eyes off Jesus, and he was afraid (fell into fear; looking at his situations, circumstances instead of looking at Jesus). He went back to reasoning, and reasoning out of fear is not healthy.
Whatever the storm is (fear, trouble, problems), in the midst of the storm, look up to Jesus. Our head is our servant, not the master. Go by faith, and not by sight.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.