I have waited for your salvation, O LORD
I have waited for your salvation, O LORD –Genesis 49:18
The above verse is a parenthesis in Jacob’s long blessing of his sons. The old man seemed to have been exhausted with the thoughts and visions which passed over his mind in such quick succession. He paused to take a spiritual inspiration: “I look for your salvation, O Lord.”
We can also learn from this verse the great characteristic of Jacob’s life from the time that he was first brought under the power of Divine grace. His affections had been set on things above. His chief interest had lain in eternity. Jacob expressed his confidence that his descendants will receive the help of God.
At this point in the prophecy, when Jacob was near death, he called out for God’s salvation. Knowingly or not, Jacob called out for JESUS. The word for “salvation” in Hebrew is “yeshua”. This is the word later used of the Messiah, Jesus our Lord.
It is easy for parents to live their lives through the opportunities that they hope will come to their children. We want our children to do well, and we see in them a promise of the future. But here the text speaks of a particular promise of a particular Savior coming through a particular tribe, and through him will come true blessing to all peoples.
Yes the above words of Jacob (Genesis 49:18) reveals the precious gift from our Lord Jesus – SALVATION.
Heavenly father we thank you for the word you have given us today. Thank You, Heavenly Father, that You opened our eyes to see the purpose for our existence and the importance of focusing foremost on the things of eternity Let us be faithful to share the message of salvation today with others who are yet in blindness.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
A lost sheep found by Jesus 🐑 ✝️