WED. JULY 6 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 27 – PASTOR JOHN HOST

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Genesis 27

27 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”

“Here I am,” he answered.

Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death.Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”

Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, ‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’ Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.”

11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy manwhile I have smooth skin. 12 What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.”

13 His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.”

14 So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. 15 Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

18 He went to his father and said, “My father.”

“Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?”

19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”

20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”

“The Lord your God gave me success,” he replied.

21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”

22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked.

“I am,” he replied.

25 Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”

Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank.26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”

27 So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said,

“Ah, the smell of my son
    is like the smell of a field
    that the Lord has blessed.
28 May God give you heaven’s dew
    and earth’s richness—
    an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you
    and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
    and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
    and those who bless you be blessed.”

30 After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31 He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”

32 His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”

“I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.”

33 Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!”

34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!”

35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”

36 Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob[a]? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”

37 Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine.So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”

38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.

39 His father Isaac answered him,

“Your dwelling will be
    away from the earth’s richness,
    away from the dew of heaven above.
40 You will live by the sword
    and you will serve your brother.
But when you grow restless,
    you will throw his yoke
    from off your neck.”

41 Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”

42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”

46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land,from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”

 

 

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Genesis 27
My goodness the lies continue. But if you think about it God always gives us a way out before we do something wrong, yet Jacob did not take that route. Families are unique and yea messed up sometimes. But honestly this family really did not trust each other at all. In fact they didn’t particularly trust God either. They continually schemed and plotted not only among themselves… but God. They weren’t purposely trying to go against God I guess they thought they were just trying to help him out a little. Like I mentioned yesterday God doesn’t need our help. Pastor John said this morning God has a call for each of us but we have to be patient. Everything comes in his timing and through his wisdom. If God says to do some thing, do it because it will be a blessing. But wait for God‘s direction and timing!
This blessing they are fighting over truly can only be given by God. It doesn’t matter how many blessings or to whom Issac gives it to only God in heaven can honor it and make it happen.
Lies and deceit take control of this chapter. The covenant of a Abraham would be passed down for generations and in Genesis 25:23 God told Rebecca that Jacob would be the one it was passed to.
 “The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭25:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Yet we see Issac trying to give that blessing to Esau. When he realizes that he has been tricked into giving the blessing to Jacob he backed down. He knew God’s will had a hand in it all.
Of course Esau’s mad when he comes in and realizes what happened. Remember he’s the one who’s all about things not blessings. He wanted the material and social advantages of the birthright he didn’t give two hoots about the spiritual birthright. He gave it away! It wasn’t taken from him in verse 38 he was crying tears of selfishness. Hebrews 12:15-17 uses this is a warning.
 “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:15-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬
He turns his anger towards Jacob and wants revenge. He vows to kill him after his father dies… Little did he know Issac would live another 43 years! Second point Pastor John gave us this morning was the danger of holding a grudge. It takes away your peace, joy and sabotages your walk with the Lord. Forgiveness. The key to peace.
Rebecca hears of Esau’s plan to kill Jacob and sends Jacob away to her brothers for a few days until Esau cools off. A few days ended up turning into 20 years. But God’s purpose was fulfilled in all of this drama. Through all the unbelief, manipulation, scheming and misguided trust …
God still accomplished his purpose.
My sister in Christ Nicole said this morning “Abraham lied, Issac lied and now Jacob lies. God promised them great things and even though they lied God was faithful to his promises. We are Abraham. Isaac. Jacob. We all sin but God still keeps his word to us.” 🙌🙌🙌🙌
Trust in the process because God is always faithful to his word.
So my question today is:
In that moment when we have to choose between the truth and a little white lie … are you going to trust God and take the escape door?
🙌 🙏🏻 ❤️