Apostle Grace Lubega
Genesis 49:2(KJV); Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
In our theme scripture, the Bible paints a deep wisdom in the pattern of submission to spiritual authority.
It says, “hear, ye sons of Jacob; and HEARKEN UNTO ISRAEL YOUR FATHER.”
Throughout the scriptures, the Bible gives the distinction between Jacob and Israel.
For example, in Genesis 48:2, the Bible says, “And one told JACOB and said, Behold thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and ISRAEL STRENGTHENED himself and sat upon the bed…”
It speaks of how the Lord sent his Word to Jacob and it lit up Israel (Isaiah 9:8).
In Genesis 45:26-28, the Bible says, “And it was told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And JACOB’S heart fainted, for he believed them not. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, THE SPIRIT OF JACOB their father revived: And ISRAEL said, It is enough…”
Jacob was the man of the flesh, the physical man. Israel on the other hand was the inner man.
The wisdom in submission herein is to HEARKEN TO ISRAEL.
That is why imitating a spiritual authority should not be merely after a physical pattern but a spiritual pattern.
When your spiritual authority does something, what has Israel done?
When he gives an instruction, what has Israel said?
Child of God, learn to hearken to spiritual authority not merely as one hearing ‘Jacob’ but as one hearkening to ‘Israel.’ Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Learn to hearken to spiritual authority not merely as one hearing ‘Jacob’ but as one hearkening to Israel.
PRAYER: My loving God, I am grateful for this great and priceless wisdom. I choose to walk in this pattern every day. I receive spiritual instruction not merely as one listening to the words of a man or woman but to the words of God. In this understanding, I grow and mature in the things of the spirit; I receive impartation beyond what is spoken by the mouth but that which is transferred by the spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.