Jacob and Esau

November 27th, 2013

Genesis 25-26  

Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?

Abraham took another wife named Keturah, and she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Abraham lived until he was 175 years old and then passed on everything he owned to his son Isaac. Isaac pleaded with God for children because Rebekah was barren. God answered his prayer. Rebekah gave birth to twin boys, Jacob and Esau. Esau, a skilled hunter, sold his birthright to Jacob, the more quiet of the two. Isaac feared the men of Gerar would kill him to get to his beautiful wife Rebekah, so he, too, lied and called her his sister. God kept his promise and blessed Isaac. The neighboring Philistines became jealous, and they filled his wells with dirt and tried to get rid of Isaac. Three times, Isaac and his men dug new wells. Room was finally available for everyone, and Isaac’s enemies, who respected Isaac for his patience, wanted to make a peace treaty.

Application: How can we apply this to our lives?

God wants us to ask Him for all of our requests. He may decide to withhold His answer(s) for a while, and the Bible points out that God may do this in order to “1) deepen our insight into what we really need, 2) broaden our appreciation for His answers, or 3) allow us to mature so we can use his gifts more wisely.” Esau traded the benefits of his birthright to his brother Jacob, acting on impulse, and satisfying his immediate desires without thinking about the consequences. We, too, can fall into the same trap. We can feel satisfied because we have obtained our goal, but immediate pleasure can make us lose sight of the future. We must get through the pressure-filled moments in our lives and avoid temptation. Isaac claimed Rebekah as his sister instead of his wife, just as Abraham claimed Sarah as his sister and not his wife. Parents help shape their children’s values. We need to be good examples for the people around us. Also, we, as humans, tend to sometimes get jealous of others and their blessings in life. Instead of being quick to jealousy, we should thank God for their blessings.

Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that You are concerned with our wants and requests in life. We know that even though sometimes our prayers aren’t answered immediately, You know what is best for us in each situation we encounter. Help us to steer away from temptations and to ask for Your advice in everything we do, waiting upon You. Help us to set good examples for the others around us and to continue to pray for them. Thank You, Father, for all of the blessings in our lives. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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