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Two decades of turmoil, a complete change in character, 4 wives, 12 kids and one peaceful brother later–Israel is home.  Not simply Israel the man, but also Israel the people.  They returned to the land God picked for them and set up house. None of his family had ever set foot on this Land that would be theirs.  Yet, God declared and it was home.  The faith of Abraham started a legacy that would last over 4000 years. We have to respect God for his word, his plan and his devotion to those whom he has chosen.

Now, in 2015, we, as his adopted children, are also his chosen, and like Israel, we have God’s seal on our lives.  We also will face decades of turmoil.  We will also watch as our Lord transforms us into his image–we will never be the same.  We will live among our enemies and be with them, but not like them.  God calls us to live like ambassadors in a strange land. We refuse to get so attached to this land that we regret or refuse leaving it.  Like Israel, we possess our treasures–we do not allow them to possess us. It is our goal to pitch our tents and live as though what we have is all because of God’s covenant to us.  We live with grateful hearts and humble spirits–like Israel.

God Bless You

But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”

16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir. 17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.[a]

18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,[b] he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19 For a hundred pieces of silver,[c] he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. 20 There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.[d]