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Genesis 26:17-27:46

Dysfunction Junction, the place were Abraham, Isaac and then comes Jacob hang out and hung out. WOW! Every family filled with manipulative, lying deceitful people can find hope in the story of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God is able to take that which is muddy, dirty and downright rotten and restore it back to its rightful position, that place He created it to be. Sibling rivalry, parental favoritism that magnified the contention, misplaced values and bad choices and decisions, it fills the hearts and defines the character of Abraham and his descendents then and now. But for God …

One of the effects of living in a household filled with those who deceivers and the deceived, trust of any kind goes out the window. Those who lie can’t believe or trust what comes out of their own mouths much less anyone else’s. On the other hand, the ones who have been deceived can’t believe what is spoken to them by their deceivers. How much greater the damage when those who deceive are the parents.

I have wondered why it is so difficult for us, as a people to believe the “Truth” of God. But reading this story this go round, I’m amazed that these men and their descendents do eventually turn and begin to believe that God loves them and has given them a promise that He will keep.

And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
(Genesis 25:21-23 KJVR)

Rebecca had been given a Word about the two NATIONS in her belly, “The younger would serve the elder.” Yet she either lost faith in that Word or thought God was not able to bring it to pass. Maybe she saw the older, Esau, being given extra attention from his father, Isaac and thought her husband had the power to change God’s mind or thwart His plan. She didn’t know or believe that all it takes is a, “But God …” to turn things on a dime.

Esau had issues with what really was valuable. He made a decision out of his own character flaw that said getting his stomach filled with a one-time meal, was more valuable than his inheritance, an inheritance from God the creature and owner of the universe. He appraised that which was priceless the price of one pot of stew. No matter how incorrigible Jacob was in the beginning, that man knew the future value of the inheritance.

For argument sake, even if Esau had not given “his” birthright away, his failure to discern the true value of the Blessing, would have left him empty handed because someone else, if not Jacob, who understood the value would have taken it away.

Jesus said, in the Parable of the Talents,
… , Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
(Matthew 25:21 KJV)

May all who come to this site truly understand the value of their inheritance in Christ. Father, give us eyes to see and recognize the Pearl of Great Price. Amen.

>> So, how are you doing with finding time to talk and dine with folks who are perhaps do not yet know God or Jesus? Do you think this is something you should be doing? >>, Mike asks.

I am totally convicted on both your questions. I have claimed busyness to weasel out of "dinning" with strangers. Living in and working in NYC gives one plenty of opportunities to dine with folks who don’t know, in the Biblical sense of the Word, God nor Jesus ‘cause a lot of people know about Jesus and think they know. I had, in the distant past when I was on “welfare” and short of funds, this thing I would do when people begged for money saying they were hungry, I would invite them to “dine” with me and I picked up the check. Now because my funds were limited it would always be a simple inexpensive place, like Micky Ds, Wendy’s etc. I don’t do that anymore and I’m not sure why. Maybe it is because I don’t want to hang around with non-Christians; however, I hang around with them on the job. Could it be I’ve become “snooty” and don’t want to be seen around those “type” of folk now that I’m gainfully employed and in a respected occupation. A lot of soul searching needs to be done. Makes me want to go, Hmmm!

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Your comment on dining with sinners caused me to think of a personal situation. My husband is a Chaplain in the Army and he is assisting a soldier that is going through a 6 month in-house Christian rehab program. The facility is right next to a seminary campus. A relative of the soldier attends the seminary and is a Chaplain candidate. He knows his relative is in the rehab program but refuses to visit him. He says the man does not have good character. We have the recovering soldier in our home every other Sunday and he always brings a friend with him and prepares us a delicious meal. I marvel that a chaplain candidate doesn't understand the believers call to forgive and reach out to a wayward sinner. Do pray for this soldier, he graduates from the program soon. Pray he will stay on the straight and narrow path. He has an extremely dysfunctional situation that could easily pull him back down without the Lord's help.

Genesis 26:18 "Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them." This is a great verse to reflect on reopening our own wells. Family. Tradition. Sabbath. Church. Prayer. The Gospel. Growing Up. Remember especially the deep wells!

Gen 26:22 Rehoboth-There is room- It is amazing how patient Isaac is and not to quarrel but to keep going knowing God will provide-how lovely -I only hope I cfan keep a good countenance next time I am tested as that.

Its interesting that already the "Ishmaels" are jealous and reeking havoc for Isaac-God's covenant and blessing was upon him-he was wealthy -he had land and more so everywhere he went he uncovered an oases of water that the others didn't have.

Its just like living water Christ offers us- where we will never go thirsty again- This is really what the enemies were seeking, they just didn't know it.

Isaac's blessing to Esau sounds a lot to me like Ishmaels blessing-hostility, wilderness, restless, spirit : both felt they had been cheated and resentment due to family issues cause a lot of problems.

Ps 10:18 You defend the oppressed and am thankful you love us so much!

Prov 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with your first fruits of all your crops, then your barns will be filled to overflowing and your vats will brim over with new wine.

--we should honor the Lord with all we have especially our tithes and offerings.

Matthew 9:1-8 He wasn't just a man with authority, He was the Son of the Living God.

I am so thankful for the mercy shed abroad by the Love of Jesus!!

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