Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 7: Monday
“Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.”
The four chapters in today’s Bible reading of Genesis 24–27, rapidly span major events. Abraham in his old age sends a servant back to his relatives for a bride for Isaac, and the servant brings Rebekah to Canaan. Abraham himself marries after Sarah’s death, and he has more sons before he dies. After his burial by Isaac and Ishmael, brief information is given about Ishmael and his sons before 25:19 shifts to “…the records of the generations of Isaac.” The rest of today’s reading is a record of the birth of two sons, Esau and Jacob, to Isaac and Rebekah and the machinations of this family. Behavior similar to that seen in Abraham and Sarah is repeated in the lies and manipulation of these next two generations.
This dysfunctional family reveals their nature by their words and deeds, as we see their fears, jealousies and favoritism. Isaac lies about Rebekah and although he knows God has said Esau will serve Jacob, he gives his blessing to the one he thinks is Esau, not realizing he is blessing Jacob. Rather than let God bring about His purpose, Rebekah takes things into her own hands even as Sarah did, with the similar result of strife (27:6–46, cf. 16:1–16, 21:9–21, 25:12–18). Rebekah’s and Jacob’s deception brings hatred between brothers and she is forced to plan to save the son she loves by sending him away from her.
We also see who God is. He shows His faithfulness as He reiterates to Isaac the promise He made to Abraham (26:3–5, 24–25). He demonstrates His sovereignty, as Isaac’s plan to give his blessing to Esau (27:1–4) turns out to be the blessing of Jacob, and God brings to pass His words to Rebekah that her older son will serve the younger (25:23).
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