Early Christmas Preparations

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Then God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him.
God said to him,
“Your name is Jacob; You shall no longer be called Jacob,
But Israel shall be your name.”

Thus He called him Israel.
God also said to him,
“I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply;
A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come forth from you.
“The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac,
I will give it to you, and I will give the land to your descendants after you.” Genesis 35:9-12

Many of us are busily preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. God prepared for the birth of the Savior long, long, ago… it was always in His mind and plan.
Jacob received the continuing promise that originated with Abraham. Now, several generations later- God reiterates His promise and plan that will ultimately bless all nations. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel). If you ever wondered where the country of Israel got its name, its right here, when God conferred a new name upon Jacob.
Part of God’s promise is that kings shall come forth from Jacob’s loin (literal translation). That would be true, and ultimately fulfilled in the coming of Jesus, the King of Kings.

Matthew’s gospel records the genealogy of the King of Kings:
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez was the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram.
Ram was the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon. Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David the king.

David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon was the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa. Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah was the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

After the deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel.
Zerubbabel was the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor. Azor was the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud. Eliud was the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob. 16 Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.

As I consider God’s ultimate plan, am I one who strives with God or cooperates with Him?

God, as this day begins, the day before Thanksgiving… I pray Keanu knows how much he is loved as we celebrate his birthday. May Kai and Kasey also feel appreciated on their anniversary. You have been more than faithful to me. Help me walk in Your ways today and cooperate with Your amazing plan to save the world!

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