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!

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.