How is everyone with the Challenge? If you miss a day or so, don’t worry. Just start where we are now. Our goal is to read God’s Word daily, but with any goal it does take time to achieve it. Today’s Old Testament reading is Genesis chapters 27 and 28.
In chapter 27 Isaac request Esau to bring him some fresh vension and Isaac was going to give him the first born blessing. But Rebekah and Jacob heard what Isaac said and schemed to have Jacob blessed instead of Esau. If you remember from our earlier reading that Esau gave his birthright to Jacob for some food. Jacob does deceive Issac into blessing him. When Esau returns from hunting he realizes what had happen and begs Isaac for his blessing, but Isaac refuses. Esau began to get angry at Jacob and planned kill Jacob. Folks, anger can cause us to do many things which we might not normally do. Remember the words of Paul to the Ephesians “don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”
In chapter 28, Isaac sends to Jacob to Padan-aram to get a wife and blesses him with the promise that God gave to Abraham. On his way to Haran, Jacob has a dream where God bestows his promise that He gave to Abraham to him. When he awoke from the dream Jacob made this vow “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the LORD will certainly be my God.” Does that sound familiar? It sounds like many today! If God does this and this for me, then I will acknowledge Him as my God. Folks, it doesn’t matter what God does for us, He is God, He will always be God. But, if we have a relationship with Him and obey Him, then He will bless us. Well, that’s my thoughts on today’s reading and I’ll leave you with the words of Paul, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.”