Today’s Scripture Reading– Genesis 27-28
This weeks Memory Verse:
(18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.1 John 3:18
(24) And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
Jacob here does something pretty deceitful. He lies to his dad in multiple ways starting with His identity. He does this because he wants to receive both the birthright and the blessing from his father, Isaac. Interestingly, there are major problems in the family. Isaac’s favorite is Esau, and Rachel’s favorite is Jacob. She is caniving and deceitful, and passes this along to her son. He lies about his identity to his father. As a result of this deceit, and Esau’s anger and rage, Jacob has to leave. The consequences are pretty great. He doesn’t see his mother ever again. His relationship with his entire family is broken. He wants the blessing and birthright, and thinks that scheming is the best way to get it. The consequences are dire.
We lie because we think it will be easier, but God’s will is never accomplished through lying. Here are four truths we must believe if we are to live a life of integrity.
- God will fulfill His promises.
- God is the true soruce of blessing.
- God wants us to put others ahead of ourselves.
- God knows our thoughts and actions.
God help me to speak and live in truth. Help me to be grateful for you blessings, and worship you as the source of all of them. Amen!