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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lessons From Israel: Issachar

As we continue our journey through the twelve sons of Jacob/Israel we come to Issachar.  Issachar was the ninth son of Jacob and the fifth born to his first wife, Leah.  Issachar name means "hired".  There is an interesting story surrounding his name.  One day Reuben was out in the fields during the wheat harvest and he came upon some mandrake roots. Reuben then gave the roots to Leah and when Rachel found out about the mandrake roots (fertility drug) she asked Reuben for them and the rivalry was reignited. Leah went off on Rachel and demanded to have the night with Jacob.  Thusly Issachar was born because his mother hired Jacob via her son's mandrakes.   Talk about some Y&R drama lol.

Issachar names teaches us an important life lesson and that is we are all hired to do something.  Some of  us are hired to do a job. Some of us are hired to help others find a job.  Some of us are hired to counsel others who can't find a job.  Often times we tie being hired with wages but the greatest work ever accomplished was not paid in wages but in blood.  When Jesus came to earth to die for the sins of the world he was hired by an unfailing love for all of creation!! He paid our debt with HIS own blood and hired us by grace to spread that love do a dying world!!

You have have been hired to be an ambassador for Jesus the Christ.  You have been hired to be a witness for Jesus the Christ.  You have been hired to be a living epistle for Jesus the Christ.  He paid for you with HIS very own blood!  Let your desire to please HIM be your wage and/or reward.

Scripture Reference: Genesis 30

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis

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