Sunday, April 16, 2017
Block 64: Asher
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“’For I know the plans I have for you...’” Jeremiah 29:11
Leah’s maidservant, Zilpah, bore Asher, Jacob’s eighth son. When Asher was born, Leah exclaimed, “How happy am I!” Genesis30:13. Asher’s name means “happy,” and he had every reason to be happy. When Jacob blessed his twelve sons in Genesis 49, he said Asher would have a life blessed with an abundance; he would dine on rich foods and produce foods fit for a king (Gen. 49:20).
And he did. Asher and his tribe lived in a land of rich pastures, and he shared his bounty with is brothers and their tribes. Asher’s prosperity made him complacent, however, and he did not work to drive the Canaanites out of the towns that he had been given. While his fellow tribes fought against the Canaanites, Asher was content to hang back along his beautiful Mediterranean coastline. Much later, Asher did join his fellow tribes in an effort to drive back the Midianites and Amelekites. In a show of support for his action, Asher was invited to celebrate Passover in Jerusalem with the Northern Tribes.
Like Asher, it is easy for us to become complacent when the going is good. We conveniently forget that our bounty is a gift and blessing from God. When the going gets tough, however, we are much more likely to turn to God, seeking his assistance and blessings. Why is it so hard to remember, always, that God is in control and has wonderful plans for us.
(P.S. Let’s not forget that Asher played a role in selling Joseph, his brother, into slavery… Forgetting, once again, that God’s plans are the only plans that count.)
God promised that Asher’s land would be bountiful, and it was. I chose Peace and Plenty to represent Asher’s bounty.