Genesis 49:1-4: Consequences.

” Then Jacob called for his sons and said: ‘Gather round so that I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.

‘Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob;
    listen to your father Israel.

‘Reuben, you are my firstborn,
    my might, the first sign of my strength,
    excelling in honour, excelling in power.
Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel,
    for you went up onto your father’s bed,
    onto my couch and defiled it.” NIV


In ‘extra time’ Jacob scored a few ‘goals’! Some of them were prophetic.  As Jacob addressed his sons, he followed the birth order, beginning with Leah’s six boys (3-15).

Warren Wiersbe says, ‘…Jacob’s words were a revelation of human character and conduct as well as of divine purposes. Three of the sons learned that that their past conduct had cost them their future inheritance (vv.3-7), for we always reap what we sow.’ ‘The Wiersbe Bible Commentary (OT)’, p.136.

Actions have consequences! May the Lord cause us always to consider our ways. Although fresh application to the blood of Jesus can be made at any time for cleansing from sin, we may well have to live with the painful results, even of forgiven sin.