BSF Genesis: Week 21, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures


Obeyed his father and mother

swore oath to God, Built altar to become God’s house, tithed

served 7 years for Rachel but seemed like only a few days because of his love for her

God was with him, blessed him, protected him, took from those who cheated

Prayed, trusted in God for protection and salvation

Faith – God rewards those who earnestly seek him

Patriarch – the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob.  Inheritence not only of father, but of God, chosen to be his own, a trasured possession

What good is it to me, married pagan wives (to the grief of his parents) Polygamist, married a granddaughter of Ishmael because she wasn’t Canaanite.

My Daily Journal:

First, to clear something up (or not).  My view on Esau’s marriage to the grand daughter of Ishmael is evidently different than many of the others in my discussion group based on answers.  I saw it as just another knee-jerk response rather than a slap in the face to his parents.  He learned they didn’t like Canaanite wives, so he was bent on marrying the first available non-Canaanite woman he could find.  Who else was around but the descendents of Ishmael?

Second, and this is a special prayer request, this whole thing about spiritual inheritance is a very important message particularly for the kids in my group.  I’m blessed to work with middle-school kids this year.  The idea that their actions speak for more than just themselves is a very, very important concept and one, frankly, they don’t get.  When God says, I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, this tells me that Jacob’s behavior, the way he is viewed by others, is not simply a reflection on him, but it is a reflection on his father, his grandfather and his God.

Is any less true for us?  When we mis-behave or act inappropriately, what message does that send about my father, grandfather and God?  When I look at my actions and decisions and behavior in that light, does it change the way I act.

In preparing for my lecture I made the statement “the choices we make reveal the person that we are.  If we wish to be someone else, the path is simple… make different choices.”  This isn’t meant to say that we need to rely on our own strength and judgment, but sometimes we make things out to be far bigger than they are.  God has the strength to support us on any right path… but the choice is ours.

Am I looking at my immediate wants and desires, or am I looking at how my decisions reflect the character of my father, grandfather and God?  I might have made a few better decisions in my life had I kept this in mind earlier!

Again, if you are reading this, I would ask your prayers for the delivery of this message to the middle school children, particularly the young men.  I ask that their hearts be open to feeling the burden of this, not in a negative way, but in an empowering way.  They have been gifted with a family name and a God who deserves their best behavior and their best decisions!

BSF Genesis: Week 21, Day 4

Today’s Scriptures


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

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

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

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.

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.

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?