What a great day in the Lord Jesus Christ! On Sunday morning we preached a message entitled A Testimony of God’s Grace from Galatians 1:11-24 (you can hear the message, minus the first 2 1/2 minutes…computer glitch, right here: http://sermon.net/deniliojgorena/sermonid/1199829922 the audio starts at 2:31 seconds). Paul’s point of sharing his testimony at this point is to show them that even the Gospel of Jesus Christ that he believed was not received by him by another human being. Rather, what he received is from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself! If you want to know the truth, then you have to see the Truth for who He is!
Sunday evening was a great time as we were in Genesis 48. Joseph brings his two sons — Ephraim and Manasseh — to be blessed by Jacob, his father. When he brings them in, Jacob (also known as Israel, his covenant name) places his right hand on Ephraim and his left hand on Manasseh. The problem is that Manasseh is the elder of the two brothers while Ephraim is the younger. The blessing was to be on Manasseh, not Ephraim! Joseph tried to switch his father’s hands and put them on the right son, but to no avail. Jacob told Joseph that this is the way it is supposed to be: the older will serve the younger. In other words, the greater will serve the smaller.
In both messages we see that God has a specific plan that He is following and it is HIS PLAN, not man’s!