8 July 2019 – Genesis 49:3 (NIV)

8 July 2019 – Genesis 49:3 (NIV)


“Reuben, you are my firstborn;
My might and the beginning of my strength,
Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.


At first glance, it seems that Jacob (Ruben’s father) was proud of Him and thought much of his firstborn son. But as we read in verse 4, Ruben defiled his father’s couch, which is a reference to Ruben’s adultery with Jacob’s concubine. As a firstborn, Ruben was entitled to leadership, status and a double inheritance (as it was the culture). However, due to his ungoverned impulse, he failed to achieve and or aquire any of what initially was supposed to be his. Similarly, we read in Revelations 3:14-22 about Laodicea, one of the riches commercial centers in the world. The church was thriving, but during John’s day, the condition of the church in the city deteriorated so severely that God says he’ll spit them out of his mouth.

From these two accounts, we witness how both Ruben and the church in Laodicea had their sight set on what was pleasing in God’s eyes, but sin blinded their eyes, and they lost track of Who matters the most.

Thoughts for the day

  • Is there any sin/circumstance in your life that steered you away from God?
  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.


Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11

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Con Loggenberg is a native South African and the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF). He holds a B.Sc. degree and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying, a B.Th. (Hons) degree in Theology and an M.Th. degree in Theology. He and his Texan wife, twin boys and daughter live in Shanghai, China.