God’s Blessings for You need not be pursued through deceit.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119: 38 Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you. 39 Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good. 40 I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.
Lord, help me to trust your promises and lean on you rather than me.
Read -Genesis 27-28 -
Interesting that we see two historical issues arise in this text. First, Esau is foiled by being last to the dinner table with his father’s stew…after forsaking his birthright for his brother’s stew in yesterday’s reading. Second, we see Isaac attempting to trick the people of Gerar that Rebekah was his sister and not his wife…the same trick that his father Abraham tried twice. There is a powerful application to this silliness - We can pass down a legacy of sin when we are not walking in faith in God.
Deception is not a great family trait to practice yet Jacob has help from his own mother in tricking his father (her husband). Even if Rebekah saw bad behavior in Esau we must see that there is a more forthright way to communicate issues. How might you better practice integrity in your home?
The Blessing given by father to son carried much value and was more than mere words. How can we better bless those around us including our family and children?
Lord, help me to gain your Promises through honest pursuit of You rather than manufacturing ways to get what I want or think I need.
We first read of the disputes between the Philistines and the Israelites (family of Isaac). This war will continue through most of the Old Testament. The two most famous battles are: David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17) and Jonathan and his Armor-bearer (1 Samuel 14).
Although we see much Marring Sin in the life of Jacob all is not lost. God can work through marred people…if He couldn’t then there would be no hope. Jacob is now included in the 3rd Generation of the Abrahamic Blessing that would eventually Mend us through His ancestor - Jesus.