Day 8 of our most excellent adventure through the Bible!
Dear FCC Family!
Today our reading was Genesis 25-28
Abraham dies and is buried with Sarah.
We learn that Isaac was 40 years old when he marries his Rebekah. Early on in their marriage they deal with infertility just as many people do today. God granted Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah had TWINS.
The famous Jacob and Esau, two brothers who would define sibling rivalry.
The Lord tells Rebekah early on that Jacob, though younger would be the heir, and the one through whom the promise would be kept.
Jacob: Father of the Nation.
We learn now that Isaac is 60 when the boys are born, which means they prayed for children for 20 years.
Have you ever noticed that Christians are willing to follow God’s ways for a predetermined period of time? If they feel God is slow to answer their prayers they often turn to the world. This is often the case when it comes to finding a spouse. People are willing to try things God’s way, say until they’re 25 or so, for example, and if God is “slow” to deliver… they do things the World’s way. Just something I’ve seen, repeatedly.
What are some things you’ve been waiting on the Lord for? Are you growing weary? Don’t lose hope. God’s answer may yet be “yes”, and it may still be “No” but God’s answer is always the best of answers.
Esau grows up to be a hunter, a man of the wilderness, yes, the stereotypical outdoorsman oozing machismo that so many young men would like to emulate.
Jacob on the other hand is a “dweller of tents”.
Esau, the elder brother sells his birthright for some stew.
This either showed Esau really didn’t have respect and honor for his place in the family, or that he was really hungry.
Many of us take what we are born with for granted as well.
There’s a famine. Isaac lies about being married to Rebekah… The Abimelech finds out… Pagan Philistine Abimelech (Abimelech is a title for their leader, this probably isn’t the same Abimelech that Abraham disappointed) is disappointed in Isaac’s casual relationship with truth.
Some wells are dug.
God reaffirms His intentions to keep covenant with Isaac.
Esau marries a foreigner, and this makes life “bitter” for Isaac & Rebekah.
He broke his Mama’s heart.
The more things change the more things stay the same.
Jacob and Rebekah orchestrate an elaborate ruse to get elderly Isaac to give Jacob the blessing of the heir. At first glance this looks like a case of elder abuse, but it is important to remember that God had told Rebekah way back in the day that this was how it was supposed to be, and that Esau sold his birthright and had broke Mom and Dad’s heart by marrying a Hittite lady.
Nonetheless, after it all went down Esau was none too happy, and planned to kill Jacob, so Rebekah sent him away to one of the more wily fellows in the Bible, her brother Laban.
They also hoped Jacob would wife a girl.
Jacob it, or perhaps Laban, was an overachiever.
On the way to Laban’s Jacob dreams of “Jacob’s Ladder” and God vows to keep covenant with Jacob. “Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and the east and the north and the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” V.14
God did bless the earth, through Jacob’s descendent, Jesus.
Jacob vows to follow God.
Thanks For Reading With Me!
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~ Pastor Evan