In the continued study of Genesis and the character of Abraham, we have noticed the constant willingness he had to follow the direction God was leading. He was a disciplined person who consistently followed through and others began to see that God was with him in everything he did.
Even when told to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham followed through with God’s directions and put total trust in Him. Then, Abraham was rewarded for offering what he loved most, his son to God. What God really wants from us is that our strongest desire is to listen and follow His direction. Then, God gives us all that we need and will bless us beyond our wildest dreams.
Now we will spend a few weeks studying the descendants of Abraham including Isaac who married Rebekah. They had twin boys named Esau and Jacob and we will study about Esau talking his brother out of his birthright because he only looked at what he wanted in the short term. We will study the problems faced by Isaac and Rebekah in raising the twins.
Like his father, Isaac faced many challenges in life and didn’t always have the courage needed. But for the most part, he listened to God’s will and God blessed him with the promise of many descendants along with all that he needed for success. We too face our challenges of today and we can influence others to not repeat the missteps of the past.
This Holy week, we can offer others the faith needed to face the despair and doubt of current times. We can offer them the way that brings victory in a time of hate by helping them understand what Jesus has done for us on the cross. Jesus has given us a chance to make everything right with God; a turning point to an amazing future in His presence.
The mission of this blog is to bring out ways to apply His Word in our life at work, at home, and within our neighborhoods. The below questions for reflection for the upcoming study are laid out below to help bring out some thoughts and ideas over the next two weeks.
Summarize what you have learned about Abraham, about his relationship with God, and about God’s covenant with him. Characterize Esau and Jacob. What about their characters and concerns does the incident in verses 29-34 reveal? What are the valued things and priorities in your life? Why?
What does God promise Isaac? Why? What are some of Isaac’s problems? How do you (or will you) influence your children to help them not repeat your sins?
What kind of person is Jacob? What kind of person is Esau? How binding is Isaac’s original blessing? How do you feel about breaking your word (especially when you have been tricked)?
What does God promise Jacob? How has some of it been fulfilled? What is Jacob’s response to God’s presence?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast