Daily Archives: January 13, 2018

Daily Bible Study

As we begin this morning lets skip over some incidental stuff and go to the end of Genesis 25 where we have another example of the power of prayer. Rebekah is barren so Isaac prays and God answers in a huge way. Instead of one child, God gave two at the same time.She gives birth to Esau then Jacob. It seems that these two are at odds from their very birth. One day Esau came out of the field, probably from hunting and was very hungry. In a day when food preservation didn’t exist men could go days, maybe weeks without eating. Scripture indicates he was pretty hungry as he was willing to give his inheritance for a bowl of pottage. The birthright gauranteed the oldest a double portion of the inheritance and Esau gave his birthright to Jacob. It seems he did so not thinking the deal would really fly, but he was wrong.

As the saying goes, “like father like son” so is the case with Isaac. During a famine in the land he travels to Gerar among the Philistines. While there fearing that someone would want Rebekah due to her beauty and would kill him to have her, he lied (as his father did) and said she was his sister. Why is it some parents can think that their children will “do as they say not as they do?” The sins that you as a parent do in moderation your children will do in excess! Why woudn’t a parent want to be the best example for his/her children? Confused kids are angry kids and angry kids often times end up criminals. Show your children how to live, don’t just tell them.

After being rebuked by the Philistine king, God begins to prosper Isaac which becomes a problem for the Phiistine people due to jealousy (Gen 26:14). They tell Isaac to leave but want a peace treaty with him as they see that he is blessed by God. Don’t think for one minute Christian that  people aren’t seeing how you have something they don’t have but want. The only reason they would miss God’s blessing in your life is if you just aren’t living in a way to be blessed! But if you are living for God in Christ, your lost friends and family notice. Just as in the Philistine’s case, they are jealous of you but they respect you (if you are not a hypocrite). There may very well come a time when they will seek your peace. Stay the course!!

As time goes by and Isaac gets old, he decides that he needs to give his blessing before it’s too late. He asks Esau to hunt a deer for a special dinner during which he will bless him. This is where the foolishness of the past comes back to haunt Esau. He sold his birthright for a bowl of pottage. The blessing belongs to Jacob to whom he sold it. With his mother’s prompting Jacob deceives Isaac into believing that he is Esau and the kid that he brings for the meal is a deer. Isaac believes the lie and blesses Jacob with Esau’s blessing. While the birthright was legitimately Jaob’s he obtained it in a wrong way. It is NEVER RIGHT to do WRONG!! Some people justify the wrong they do by claiming a right (it’s owed to them, etc) but again, its never right to do wrong. The Bible says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. ” James 4:17 The opposite of that would be, he that knoweth to do wrong and does it…that too is sin!!

The Bible also says, “…be sure your sin will find you out.” Numbers 32:23 The vernacular of that would be “what goes around, comes around.” There is always a payday!! So often I hear a Christian whining about the way things are going when they brought it upon theirselves. THINK!! Just as you would discipline your children for doing wrong (or should) if you are a child of God doing wrong, your Father WILL discipline you (Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.) Pray for grace and DO RIGHT!

Daily Bible Study

We start in Genesis 24 this morning. I know we are falling behind but we will catch up shortly.

This is an amazing account of a father’s care and concern for his son and a dedicated servant to help the father do that. It was the custom of that day for the parents to choose a mate for their children. I’m sure not all participated in that custom but those who wanted the best did. Abraham was too old to go find a wife for his son so he sent his trusted servant. He instructed him and supplied him with the necessities to do the job. This is a beautiful picture of God the Father who dispatches His servant, the Holy Spirit, to get a bride for His Son (Jesus).

It also shows how God answers prayer, even in a strange sort of way. When he (the servant) arrived at the place he was instructed to go, he prays for a Devine affirmation. The details of that affirmation are strange, at least for this day and age they are. He prayed that the woman who would give him a drink of water when requested but then water his livestock also would be the way he knew that God had prospered his journey. What a strange request but one that requires a Devine move. There was NO DOUBT that Rebekah was God’s choice for his master’s son and that his master would be pleased!!

Why don’t we pray like that? We either don’t believe God still can do it or we don’t believe He will. Maybe you think He doesn’t care. You probably believe that because you don’t care! Our faith today has become so lethargic, so inconsequential that it lacks any power at all. Jesus asked the question in Luke 18:8 “…when the Son of man comets, shall He find faith on the earth?” That is more an indictment than a question!!

I like the intensity of the servants obedience too. When Rebekah’s mother and brother hesitated to let her go the servant pressed on. He had a mission to accomplish and felt it vital that he do so! Again we see how God is at work in this event. You would think that Rebekah, the one who is leaving home and family would be reluctant to go but God had put it in her heart to submit to Him (God).  When her mother and brother put the decision to stay or go in her control, she was ready. How great it would be if the church felt the urgency of getting on with our mission. More souls would be coming to Christ and the church would be growing the way God intended it to. I have designated this year as “Forming a Great Team in 2018.” We all know, its the great teams that are winners!!!

As the saying goes, all is well that ends well and this one ended amazingly. Rebekah goes back to Canaan with the servant, they see Isaac from a distance and it is love at first sight! Someone has said there is no such thing as love at first sight…here is proof that they’re wrong. How does it happen? God preparing the hearts.

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January 2018