God Blesses 2nd String Bench Warmers

Posted on November 26, 2007. Filed under: Daily Journey |

Based on Table Talk for Mon. 11-26-07 “Jacob:Lesson Learned” Gen.48:12-14 ESV

12 Then Joseph removed them from his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him. 14 And Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, crossing his hands (for Manasseh was the firstborn).

This passage points us to the time when Jacob stole his brother Esau’s blessing through deception and lying back in Gen.27. Now we no longer see Jacob the supplanter, but Israel faithful to God, at last. Here is Israel the prophet choosing to bless the younger son of Joseph over the elder son, going counter to the ways of the culture that would mandate giving the stronger blessing to the eldest. The Lord often uses the culture of the day for his ends, but He also frequently calls us to go against the Culture, to swim upstream by faith, to choose the youngest, smallest or weakest.

We see this principle time and again throughout scripture. Israel as a nation was not chosen because she was the biggest or strongest. Israel was chosen simply by God’s love and grace. Prior to Abraham being chosen by God he was just another pagan living in Ur of the Chaldees. Jacob certainly did not merit any part of the covenant. David was the youngest son in a big family, out herding the sheep when the prophet Samuel came looking for a new king. God looks on the heart, not the outer man. The world tends to focus on the exteriors of people, the surface qualities, not the true character or heart.

When I played football in Jr. High I was always 2nd or 3rd string fullback. The starter was about 8-10″ taller and 80lbs heavier than I was. There was no way I would ever get into a game unless we were 20 pts ahead and there were 20 seconds left! Many of us go through life as the 2nd or 3rd string. We will never be the star. But guess what…God chooses the 2nd born for his covenant. In Christ it does not matter if we are wealthy, powerful, beautiful in the eyes of the world or if we are just poor, mediocre, and plain jane in appearance. Christ does not choose us based upon our merits or accomplishments, He chooses to use whomsoever he wills for his own purposes.

When life in this world overlooks you, and you realize there are no rewards in this world that last, understand and believe that in Christ you are child of God, joint heirs with Jesus, heaven is your true home. God sends blessings to the second born too!

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