Recently while reading Genesis I noticed that it was always the second born who got the blessing. This was contrary to the normal custom of the firstborn receiving the blessing, but it is consistent throughout the entire book. Cain and Abel… God is pleased with the sacrifice of Abel. Ishmael and Isaac… God says to cast out the bondwoman and her son because “in Isaac your seed will be called.” Esau and Jacob… the elder shall serve the younger. And then there was Joseph’s sons. Jacob intentionally placed his hand on the younger son in order to give him the blessing. Joseph tried to correct him but Jacob simply said, “yes, I know which one is which.” All this goes to show that God’s man is not Adam #1 but Adam #2. Not the first Adam but the last Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the One upon whom the favor and blessing of God rests. He is the One in whom the Father is well pleased. Where the first Adam failed the last Adam succeeded, and upon Him and all who are in Him is the blessing of life. For those who are outside of Christ, it means that “you must be born again” in order to see the kingdom of God. We were born once in Adam; until we die to that man and are born anew in Christ we have no capacity to receive anything from God.
I’ve also been noticing how important it was to God to get His people into Canaan. The land apparently has tremendous meaning. It was not enough that God had a people, and it was not enough that they were holy and set apart. His ultimate goal for them was to possess the land He’d promised them. When they possessed the land He became not only the God of heaven but the God of heaven and earth. Of course the real significance of this is spiritual and not earthly.
In relation to this, when Moses came to Pharaoh and said, “Let my people go,” Pharaoh responded in three ways, each of which represents some way in which the enemy will try to hold God’s people back from going on with the Lord. First he said, “Don’t go at all.” Second he said, “Don’t go very far.” And third he said, “Don’t take everyone with you.” Don’t go at all-he attempts to blind the eyes of men from seeing Christ that they might experience salvation. Don’t go very far-he attempts to keep the saints from going on with the Lord to full growth. Don’t take everyone with you-he attempts to quench the expression of life and light through the church so that others will not be drawn in as well.
And it is all to keep the people out of the land. Brothers and sisters, that land is Christ. Christ is the land! And He has been given to us to possess. The abundance of the land speaks of His unsearchable riches. As we possess the land we will show forth those riches. We will be the church! And God will have His testimony. So we must do three things: We must go, we must go on, and we must take everyone with us!
These are just some recent observations. Hope you find them helpful.