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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,

I love your posts as always.. wish I could reach out to you sometime Ramona. I think you are a neat woman.

Comments and QOTD: I do believe we should be in the world but not of the world, but we should remain steadfast in love, mercy and grace and share the gospel and His love to this dying world daily-In Jesus name Amen!

Comments today: Gen 26:17-27:46

Isaac being a sojourner, a wonderer just like his father-lived in tents but it didn't stop him from being mighty. He reopened wells his father had dug, and restored names that they were given. It was sacred and special.

I like how Isaac was a peaceful contender. He didn't argue over land or wells-his people did all the work, twice and the natives to the land were hostile and took back their wells, but the 3rd time is the charm-they didn't bother Isaac and the well was "open" for the taking.

This chapter speaks alot to Isaac's life-even though chapter before doesn't and most throughout Genesis does not speak much on Isaac- it shows you constant fellowship with the Lord-the Lord calls upon Isaac @ Beersheba and he set up an alter and worshiped the Lord.

We read about the sworn covenant with King Abimelech from Gerar and Isaac-a peaceful negotiation to not harm each other and go in peace and now Isaac's servants finally found water-Yay (called "Oath at the Well" -named it sheba.. it is still called Beersheba to this day.

The next section intriques me-Esau married by 40-had 2 godless wives, from the description of them(hittite women) -for one-God allowed polygymy but was highly against it. "For this reason, a man shall leave his home and cling to his wife-the two shall become one." So that was strike 1, -even though he sold his birthright for a cup of soup-strike 2- and now the father Isaac-wants to give his 1st born son rights blessings to Esau-after Rebekah was told younger will be ruler over older-maybe she didn't reveal that to Isaac-whatever reason-we get interesting plot after.

Jacob was quite a deceiver and like mother like son, I'm afraid- she was so afraid her son wouldn't get the promises God revealed to her so many years ago-she succumbed to deceit and Jacob too-and used the Lord in his favor when asked "son, how did you get this meal so quick." Jacob replied, "the Lord you God put it in my path."

Matthew 9:1-17
This section to me speaks of who we are and whose we are-The Pharisees-thought they were perfect in their actions-they would sacrifice the lives of people @ expense of showing mercy as Jesus does-but the sinners knew who they are-they want to change -it's all about acknoweledging and knowing that starts healing process.

Psalm 10:16-18
Lord, you hear and know the hearts of man-of the hopeless, helpless, you comfort and bring justice to orphans and oppressed.

Psalm 3:9-10
1st fruits-honor God 1st. Amen!!

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

What an awesome parallel to my own wells. I have covered up numerous wells of my own and it is probably a good time to reflect on opening them up. Family, tradition, Sabbath, church, prayer, gospel and growing up. What are the “deep” wells? I see Ramona is digging up some of her wells. Way to go sister!

“Ephphatha!” Be opened. (Mark 7:34)

I had to chuckle about human nature akin to the toilet paper shortages we faced during Covid. People hoarding it because they didn’t think Walmart had enough in their storage “wells”?

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