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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lessons From Israel: Naphtali

As we continue our journey of looking at the twelve sons of Jacob we come to Naphtali.  Naphtali was the sixth son of Jacob, and the second born to Bilhah.  Naphtali name means "my wrestling," and it refers to Rachel wrestling with Leah in her competition with her sister to bore children from Jacob.  Not much else is really known about Naphtali.  The land assigned to his descendants eventually became Galil which later became known as Galilee which is where a large part of Jesus earthly ministry took place.

Naphtali name teaches us an important life lesson and that is there are some things in life we are going to have to wrestle with.  We have to have to wrestle with our old nature.  We have to wrestle with disappointment.  We have to wrestle with trials and tribulations. We have to wrestle with principalities in high places.  We have to wrestle with difficult people.  We have to wrestle with fear.  We have to wrestle with shame.  We have to wrestle with this and wrestle with that.

Naphtali let's us know that in life we have to wrestle with some things but the good news is that greater is HE who is in you than he who is in the world. In other words God gives you the strength to overcome anything you are wrestling with.

Scripture Reference:  Genesis 30:8

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis

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