BSF Genesis: Week 21, Day 4

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

8.
a.
Jacob was around the other people of the household, saw the benefits of being in charge (not off alone hunting)

b.
He was not so impulsive and looked at longer term impacts.  This showed in many choices (including wife and children)

c.
He would have known from his mother that “the older will serve the younger”  but rather than wait and let God bring this to pass he took it upon himself to buy the birthright from his brother

9.
a.
When we don’t treat it with the respect, value and reverence it deserves, we show that we do not value it, just as Esau.  To not give it its full is the same as despising it.

b.
I need to do better at placing my faith first.  I pray and read/listen to scriptures but I don’t always do it as the first part of my day.

10.
the adoption to sonship; the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs,  from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised

My Daily Journal

The verse and discussion about despising the birthright brought to mind the words to the church in Rev 3:16, “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”  It reminds me in manners of faith I am either all in or not in at all.  It is not possible to be partially pregnant, partially dead or partially devoted to God.  

Esau did not value his birthright so the bible says he “despised it.”  I’m not sure he knew he was despising it, but to have something of extreme value and not treat it with the respect and reverence it deserves is to despise the object.

What does this say about my walk of faith.  I know God doesn’t expect perfection, just improvement, but am I treating my walk with God with the care I would take for a great possession.  Do I protect it or put it at risk by yielding to temptation?  Do I cherish and show it to others as a prized possession, or do I put it out back to deal with later?  If I think of my adoption into God’s family as a highly valued faberge egg, or rookie card, or, (choose your collectible)…. am I treating it with the same care and honor and value that I would place on these collections of atoms?

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