Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 23

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 23
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Leah’s prolific childbearing led to the first quarrel between Rachel and Jacob. Rachel was envious of Leah.
Genesis 30:1 NKJV
“Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!”

Rachel poured her frustration on Jacob, somehow blaming him for her childlessness. Jacob reacted angrily.
Genesis 30:2 NKJV
“And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”

Jacob felt Rachel’s pressure on him was unjustified. Rachel however was setting Jacob up for her special solution. She proposed that Jacob use her maid as a surrogate mother.
Genesis 30:3 NKJV
“So she said, “Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her.”

So Jacob agreed to marry Rachel’s maid, Bilhah.
Jacob had wanted to marry only one woman, Rachel, but now he had three wives by circumstances beyond his control.
Genesis 30:4-5 NKJV
“Then she gave him Bilhah her maid as wife, and Jacob went in to her. And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.”

Rachel considered her maid’s son as her own son. It was the custom of those days that the children of a slave belonged to the master or mistress of the slave.
Genesis 30:6
“Then Rachel said, “God has judged my case; and He has also heard my voice and given me a son.” Therefore she called his name Dan.”

So Jacob now had 5 sons. Bilhah conceived again and bore another son. Rachel considered this a personal victory for her.
Genesis 30:8 NKJV
“Then Rachel said, “With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and indeed I have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali.”

May Almighty God work all things together for your good. May God’s grace abound over your life and family. May God’s grace protect you and your family, in Jesus’s name.

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Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 22

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 22
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Leah was disliked and treated as an intruder into the wonderful love between Jacob and Rachel. Almighty God however had great sympathy for Leah.
Genesis 29:31 KJV
“And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.”

When God saw the plight of Leah, He compensated her with children. Rachel however was barren. All the beloved wives of the patriarchs, Sarah, Rebekah and Rachel also battled against barrenness.
Genesis 29:32 NKJV
“So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, “The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me.”

Leah hoped she could win Jacob’s love by producing a son for him but nothing changed. Leah was still hated.
Genesis 29:33 KJV
“And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon”

An epic struggle was going on between the sisters for the affection of Jacob.
Genesis 29:34 NKJV
“And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.”

Leah named her first three sons according to her struggle with her sister. She gave them names that expressed her hope that Jacob would love her. It didn’t work, but Leah became pregnant again.
Genesis 29:35 NKJV
“And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.”

Leah stopped using her children to fight her battles. She named her fourth son “Judah” which means praise. She decided to praise God, whether her husband loved her or not.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Leah turned the battle for Jacob’s love, into the hands of the Lord.
Colossians 3:15 NKJV
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

May the peace of God that passes all understanding rule in your heart. May every power of unrest, stress and disturbance against you be destroyed in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 19

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 19
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Jacob’s first mission was to get to a place of safety. He was now safe. The second part of his mission was to secure a godly wife. Meanwhile, his uncle Laban wanted to bind Jacob to a proper employment contract.
Genesis 29:15 NKJV
“Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what should your wages be?”

Jacob saw an opportunity to get married. Choosing a life partner was relatively easy for Jacob, he had to choose between only two ladies. Isaac had commanded him to marry one of Laban’s daughters.
Genesis 28:2 NKJV
“Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.”

Laban had only two daughters, so Jacob didn’t have much problem selecting a wife. His wife had to be one of Laban’s two girls. The man of today, typically may have so many women to choose from, that he sometimes gets confused.
Genesis 29:16 NKJV
“Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.”

The two girls were very different in attractiveness.
Genesis 29:17 NIV
“Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.”

Leah was cross eyed. Rachel however was stunningly beautiful like a model. Jacob went for the good looks. Jacob had met Rachel first and it was love at first sight.
Jacob offered to work for Laban for seven years as a dowry for Rachel.
Genesis 29:18 NKJV
“Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.”

Laban agreed to the marital contract terms proposed by Jacob.

May God bless your marriage and family. May almighty God bless you with significant partnerships that will advance your mission in life, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 18

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 18
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Rachel was Laban’s daughter and she was a shepherdess.
She was also under the power of the men who had monopolized the well.
Jacob sprang into action when he saw her.
Genesis 29:10 NKJV
“And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.”

She must have been amazed at the kindness of this stranger. Then Jacob revealed who he was.
Genesis 29:12 NKJV
“And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s relative and that he was Rebekah’s son. So she ran and told her father.”

Rachel was overjoyed.
She ran home and broke the news.
Laban was equally excited and ran to meet Jacob.
Genesis 29:13 NKJV
“Then it came to pass, when Laban heard the report about Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. So he told Laban all these things.”

Jacob told Laban the reasons for his sudden appearance in Padan Aram. Laban received him wholeheartedly.
Genesis 29:14 NKJV
“And Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh.” And he stayed with him for a month.”

Jacob had fled successfully for sanctuary from Esau.
He was now separated by more than 500 miles from Esau.
He also had a new job.
Jacob had taken over from Rachel and become Laban’s shepherd.
It was a voluntary and unpaid position.
Laban recognized Jacob’s expertise in the shepherding field and he wanted to pay him to secure his services permanently.
God was working.
Jacob decided to exchange his services, as a dowry for Laban’s daughter, Rachel.
Jacob was totally in love with Rachel and would do anything to have her as his wife.

May God continue to grant opportunities for the fulfillment of your life’s mission.
May your personal diligence and expertise in various fields begin to open doors for you, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 17

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 17
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Jacob immediately analyzed the problems of the shepherding business in Padan Aram, and he created solutions for them. This paved the way for him to become very wealthy in the future. Years later, Jacob reminded Laban of how few sheep he had, when Jacob arrived.
Genesis 30:30a NKJV
“For what you had before I came was little, and it has increased to a great amount; the Lord has blessed you since my coming.”

The problems were simple.
They all used one well, but some people had taken control of the well.
Water was their essential resource but their access to the well water was limited by the huge stone rolled over the mouth of the well. They could only access the water when those guys chose to roll away the stone.
It was a major waste of the shepherds’ time
The system disadvantaged many shepherds and multitudes of sheep.
*Jacob proposed solutions.
Genesis 29:7 NIV
“Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

They refused his advice.
Genesis 29:8 NKJV
“But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and they have rolled the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.”

Their wrong dependence on others to roll away the stone was costing them much time and productivity. Don’t over depend on others to do for you, what you can do yourself.
Genesis 29:9 NKJV
“Now while he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess.”

Jacob alone rolled away the stone.
Genesis 29:10 NKJV
“And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.”

Jacob ignored the “Stone rollers.” By rolling away the stone, Jacob broke their control of the well.

May you overcome every limitation and barrier to your prosperity and increase. May every bottleneck that hinders the full manifestation of your glory, be broken in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 16

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 16
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Jacob journeyed and finally arrived in Padan Aram.
Genesis 29:1 NKJV
“So Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the East.”

He found the well that served the town.
Genesis 29:2 NKJV
“And he looked, and saw a well in the field; and behold, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks. A large stone was on the well’s mouth.”

Jacob asked some guys if they knew Laban, his mother’s brother.
Genesis 29:5 NKJV
“Then he said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” And they said, “We know him.”

Jacob enquired of Laban’s welfare.
Genesis 29:6 NKJV
“So he said to them, “Is he well?”
And they said, “He is well. And look, his daughter Rachel is coming with the sheep.”

Laban was well and his daughter Rachel was coming to water his sheep.
Genesis 29:9 NKJV
“Now while he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess.”

They had a strange custom in the town.
All shepherds had to gather their flocks by the well, before they would roll away the huge boulder that covered the well. Jacob instantly knew it was a time wasting custom.
He asked them to change it.
Genesis 29:7b-8 NKJV
“Water the sheep, and go and feed them.”
But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and they have rolled the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.”

Some people had taken control over the well, by covering its mouth with a huge stone.
These “well controllers” had decided to open the well just once a day.
So they made all the flocks gather around the well before they would roll away the stone.
All the flocks would then be watered at the same time.
They would then close it again till the next day.
It was a time wasting system that was hindering the shepherding business.

May God empower you to overcome every time wasting devices of the enemy.
May you overrule every tradition that sets you back, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 15

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 15
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Jacob became the first person to commit himself to practice regular and continuous tithing. Abraham tithed to Melchizedek once.
Melchizedek met Abraham returning from his victory over four kings and served Abraham with the elements of holy communion.
Genesis 14:18 NKJV
“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.”

He also blessed Abraham. Abraham then paid his tithe to Melchizedek.
Genesis 14:20 NKJV
“And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.”

The Bible records Abraham paying his tithe once, but Jacob vowed to pay tithes of all his income.
Genesis 28:22 NKJV
“And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

Jacob became the first person to initiate his own covenant with God.
Genesis 28:20 NKJV
“Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on,”
Jacob laid out what God should do for him and what he would do for God.

Genesis 28:21 NKJV
“So that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God.”

God accepted Jacob’s prophetic naming of Bethel (God’s house.)
Genesis 31:13a NKJV
“I am the God of Bethel,”

God recognized the new name “Bethel” that Jacob gave to the place of his dream.
Genesis 28:19 NKJV
“And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously.”

God accepted Jacob’s vow to tithe continuously and totally.
Genesis 31:13a NKJV
“I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me.”

May almighty God protect you and provide all your needs.
May the Lord accept all your sacrifices and all your acts of faith and worship, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 14

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 14

Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Jacob was being changed by God’s blessings, revelations and promises. Jacob became so transformed that he became the first person to perform some important religious rites.
Firstly, Jacob became the first person to practice “Anointing with oil” for consecration.
After awaking from the dream in which he saw God standing above a ladder, Jacob anointed his “stone pillow” with oil.
Genesis 28:18 NKJV
“Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it.”

Jacob anointed the stone to consecrate it from an ordinary stone, to become a pillar of the future house of God.
It was an unprecedented action, because before this, no person or object, had been anointed with oil.
God honoured Jacob’s anointing of the stone. Jacob was far ahead of his generation.
Genesis 31:13 NKJV
“I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family.’ ”

Jacob was also the first person to introduce the idea of a “House of God.”
Genesis 28:22a KJV
“And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house:”

Before Jacob, nobody had ever spoken of the house of God. Jacob introduced the idea of a house of worship for God. Jacob consecrated his “stone pillow” to become God’s house.
Jacob also changed the name of that town to Bethel which literally means “House of God.”
Genesis 28:19 NKJV
“And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz
previously.”

Abraham, Noah, Enoch, Isaac etc were holy men of faith before Jacob, but they never spoke of God’s house. They never anointed anyone or anything with oil for consecration. Jacob became a spiritual pioneer.

May you be an anointed agent of positive transformation. May you be filled with the wisdom of God to take the lead in your generation, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 5

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 5
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Esau had already made a big mistake, but he was hoping to do something to make amends.
Genesis 28:9 NKJV
“So Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.”

Instead of Esau going to Padan Aram for a wife, he went for one of Ishmael’s daughters.
He added her to his two Canaanite wives. He complicated the problem instead of solving it.
The wives of the early patriarchs were supposed to come from Abraham’s extended family.
•God’s plan involved women of a particular bloodline.
•God’s plan involved virtuous women, who were chaste, hardworking and hospitable.
•God’s plan involved submissive and devoted women.
Esau missed it in his choice of marriage partners by marrying Canaanites. It proved to be a costly mistake and he couldn’t correct it. Isaac and Rebekah tried to ensure that their son Jacob, would not make the same mistake.
They directed Jacob to go to Abraham’s extended family. It was the divinely approved family for brides for the patriarchs. That family had produced Rebekah. The same family was to provide a wife for Jacob.
Jacob set out for Padan Aram with the voice of his father’s blessings, ringing in his ears.
Although his father had blessed him, Jacob was afraid of Esau. He fled from the house under cover of secrecy, taking only his staff.
Genesis 32:10b NIV
“I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps.”

Jacob probably took nothing with him because he didn’t want Esau to know he was escaping.
Jacob was blessed spiritually but naturally, he was in a very difficult situation, but God’s grace would be sufficient for him.

May you have grace both to abound and to be abased. May God lift your head above all your enemies. May God anoint you with fresh oil, in Jesus’s name.