BSF Genesis: Week 20, Day 4

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

9.
a.

Riches.  Planted crops and reaped 100 fold.

b.
So many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines became envious

c.
Philistines stopped up the wells that Abraham’s servants had dug.  As he dug new wells they quarreled with him.

d.
He moved on.  He had faith that God would provide.

e.
Each time he moved they found more water.  When he reached Rehoboth there was no more quarreling and Isaac praised God and gave Him the credit and glory as well as confidence in His promise to flourish in the land

10.
a.
The king of the Philistines sought out Isaac for a peace agreement because he recognized that God was with Isaac

b.
By living a life dedicated to pleasing the Lord I need not worry about enemies or the enemy.

My Daily Journal:

I recently read a very interesting business book called Abundance by Steven Kotler.  One of the key premises of the book is that so much of our thought and social policy revolves around a theory of scarcity.  However, historically, time and again, technology innovations have drastically changed the situation at the point where scarcity would have become a problem.  An example he uses is London at the turn of the century.  They were facing a major problem in regard to the amount of horse manure crowding the streets of London and were looking at regulation and policies to address this problem.  However, within a very short period of time, the problem went away as horses were replaced by automobiles.

Don’t we do the same with God?  We would think, “that is my well, my father’s servants dug that well, I need to fight for my rights to that well, finding water can be hard and I have all of these animals to water.”  But, instead Isaac sees the solution differently.  He doesn’t look at the scarcity of wells, but at the abundance of God to provide.  He doesn’t just sit back and wait for God to fix things, he moves, he and his servants dig, they work and pray.

Isaac could fight the philistines.  He could take his case to the king and force him to alienate one group or the other through his decision.  But by relying on God’s abundance, he not only finds water, but also forms an even stronger relationship with men who otherwise would be his enemies.

BSF Genesis: Week 20, Day 3

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

5.
Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless.

6.
Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the open country and Isaac had a taste for wild game.  It is good to have pride in our children and their interests and share their passions.  It is wrong to love one child over another.

7.
Famine: Do not go down to Egypt, I will be with you and bless you, I will give all these lands and confirm oath to Abraham, through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed

8.
a.
Lied and said his wife was his sister

b.
Confession of wrong.  To have recognized that the weakness of the father can often be the weakness of the son.

c.
Be honest with them about the dumb things I have done in my life.  Recognize and confess those things that did not bring glory to God as wrongs so as they follow my footsteps, they are the footsteps on the right path.

My Daily Journal:

While Isaac repeated some of the sins of his father, it appears he also learned from some as well.  We know that Isaac prayed on behalf of his wife to have children.  That was important and good.  But as importantly and as good is the fact that the two of them waited 20 years.

They desired children.  They prayed for children.  But they waited for God’s timing and didn’t take matters into their own hands.  There was no Hagar solution.

Additionally, there was one other fact that I missed the first times I read this through.  Abraham would have been alive to see his grandsons:

  1. Isaac was born when Abraham was 100
  2. Jacob and Esau where born when Isaac was 60 (Abraham 160)
  3. Abraham died at the age of 175
  4. When Abraham was buried by his sons, his grandsons would have been about the same age Isaac was when Abraham was called to sacrifice him.

BSF Genesis: Week 20, Day 2

Today’s Scriptures

Questions

3.
He was obedient to his parents and to God.  He spent time alone with God and trusted in Him.  He was submissive to God’s will even when that will wasn’t immediately clear.

4.
a.
humbly obedient, meek

b.

  • Moses was very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth
  • He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way
  • the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity
  • He crowns the humble with victory
  • Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth
  • Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, find rest
  • Beauty of inner self, unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit

c.
My own pride takes away from giving all the glory to God.  I also struggle with fears and worries because I am too proud and stiff necked to release it to God even though I know that is the right thing to do.

My Daily Journal:

The illustration today’s discussion about being meek and humble brought to my mind was that of a knighting ceremony.  Knights were normally highly trained, educated and equipped individuals, prepared to go into battle for their king.  But, becoming a knight was not something someone received by proxy.  It wasn’t a letter or phone call, it was a very personal and up close experience with the king.

In the knighting ceremony, the trained fighter kneels before their king.  The king then takes his sword, not a dull staff, but the sharp sword of the king, and places it on the shoulders of the knight, moving from one shoulder to another.

The knight cannot receive this honor in a stiff-necked posture (they would lose their head, literally).  They must approach the throne in a manner that displays humble obedience and meekness.  They then arose and took on the new garments of their order.

Isn’t this what we are called to as well, just as Isaac was humble and meek?  To receive the blessing of the Word of God, sharper than any two edged sword, we must appear before our King with a humble and meek heart.  To be clothed in the Holy Spirit, we must kneel in prayer and seek forgiveness and cleansing.