Tuesday, October 27, 2015



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Deuteronomy 33:6
Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few. [KJV]

Being the first-born, Reuben knew more than all his siblings the issues confronting his family. He knew for instance, that his mother- Leah was not loved by his father. That his father’s second wife (Rachel)was preferred above his mother. He was born right into rivalry and a polygamous home comprising of four women. It is natural for Reuben to take the side of his mother. However, he went too far in that regard. He went on to sleep with one of his father's wives (Rachel's maid), most probably to spite his father and his mother's rival. (See Gen 30:3; 35:22).

Years after that, Jacob was ready to die and he called his sons together to bless them. For Reuben, it was more of a curse than a blessing. And Jacob cited when Reuben slept with Bilhah as basis for his pronouncement (See Gen 49:3-4). And of course, Jacob died shortly after, with Reuben never having the opportunity to appease his father.

It is a horrible thing to live knowing one is under a curse. Cain is another example. He was cursed and left alive to deal with it. While Cain never had the opportunity to reverse it, Reuben did.

God has a strategy in place. Like the cities of refuge located across Israel where men could take cover from the avenger of blood (see Josh 20:2-3), churches should shield men whose homes have become a snare. A spiritual father can reverse an evil order placed by even a biological father. That is exactly what happened for Reuben through Moses in our main text.

Are you under a known curse? Go to your pastor and let him pray for you.

We shall consider another way to reverse a known curse next time.

Lord Jesus, I break every evil order in the life of any reader. In Jesus' name. Amen.

- Pas Adeolu Olumodeji

Year Bible Plan: Psalms 119

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