BSF Genesis: Week 21, Day 3

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

5.
a.
Isaac had a taste for wild game and Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the open country

b.
I don’t think God discourages a father’s love for a son.  He probably would have preferred he loved both sons and wished the same for Rebekah.

c.
Discuss, pray and change

d.
Discuss, pray and change

6.
To be in charge of the household and resulting nation, a double share of inheritance, ultimately, the human ancestry of the Messiah

7.
a.
No

b.
No

c.
To be in charge of the household and resulting nation, a double share of inheritance, ultimately, the human ancestry of the Messiah

d.
God upheld the choice he made and kept him from receiving the benefits of the birthright.  He did not look favorably on Esau or the sin that his descendents demonstrated.

My Daily Journal:

My wife pointed out how silly it was that Esau was fixated on Jacob’s soup in relationship to what other meals would have been available to him.  Think of it this way.  Assuming the brothers were at least 15 years old, their grandfather would have now died, leaving EVERYTHING, to their father.  We know Abraham had vast wealth and servants.  He had 318 fighting men in his household years earlier and had continued to prosper since.  Isaac had inherited all of his possessions (not withstanding some gifts to other children).  That would have put Isaac’s wealth on par with any king of the day, making Esau and Jacob the equivalent of Princes.  Esau, as the oldest and holder of the birthright would have received a 2/3rds share of everything belonging to his father.  That meant that any tent he approached and requested food would have recognized him and whose family he was, not to mention they would have had a 2/3rd probability of working for him in the future.  Do you think they might have given him something more than bean soup to eat???

Secondly, I was convicted by the fact that God uphead the boneheaded choice that Esau made, despite how insulting it was to the Lord.  This should make any of us think twice about any decisions and commitments we make to others.  One of the childrens’ leaders, a few weeks ago, discussed the idea of SHALT (as in SHALT Not).  It is unwise to make a decision when you are Sad, Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.  Anytime we are faced with making a decision or commitment it is wise for us to self-assess if we fall under any of the SHALT temptations and delay the decision.  Whatever you bind together will be bound and whatever you loose will be loosed.  These are very important words to remember with lasting consequences!

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