To tell lies we often first believe lies. – F260- Week 4- Day 1

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

Highlight:

(24)  And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.

Genesis 27:24

Explanation:
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.

Application:
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.

  1. God will fulfill His promises.
  2. God is the true soruce of blessing.
  3. God wants us to put others ahead of ourselves.
  4. God knows our thoughts and actions.

Response:
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!

Like Father, Like Son- F260- Week 3- Day 5

Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 25:19-34, 26

This week’s memory verse:
(20)  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

(20)  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Romans 4:20

Highlight:

(9) And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.
(10) And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.
(11) And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

Genesis 26:9-11

Explanation:
There is an obedience in this passage in that God told Isaac where to travel and where not to travel, and reaffirmed his promise to Isaac and his desire for obedience from Isaac. He pointed to Abraham’s obedience as an example.

Their is also deceit in this passage. The context here is that Isaac had gone to dwell in a place called Gerar (v.6). He was asked about his wife, Rebekah. His answer is that she is his sister because he feared for his life. (v.7). The king of the Philistines figures out that they are really married (v.9), and Isaac gives his reasons for it. Abimiliech sees it as dangerous for him to pursue intimacy with another man’s wife and suffer the consequences (v.10). The pagan man then properly warns his people about bringing about any problems with Isaac and Rebeckah.

This passage is very similar to previous passages describing Abraham’s interaction with the pagan people around him. You can find these passages in Genesis_12:10-14 and Genesis_20:1-4.

Application:
We can learn a couple of lessons from this passage:

  1. Sexual Intimacy is to be confined to marriage, and there are consequences when it is not confined to that relationship.
  2. Our sins have consequences for us, but they also can be repeated in subsequent generations. We must be careful because our kids are watching.
  3. God desires obedience.

Response:
Lord God, please help me to be careful to obey you, and to encourage obedience and faith in my children. Amen

I will go. F260- Week 3- Day 4

Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 24

This week’s memory verse:

(20)  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Romans 4:20

Highlight:

(58)  And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. (59)  And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men. (60)  And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. (61)  And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

Genesis 24:58-61

Explanation:
Abraham sends his servant to find Isaac a wife, and the servant doesn’t really know how to identify who that woman should be. It is clear that he wants to choose the right one, and wants God’s choice for Isaac. He asks God to make it clear, and through several answered prayers in verses 12-26 it was made clear that it was Rebekah.
Today I highlighted verses 58-61 to point out the step of faith Rebekah was taking. She saw God’s hand in this circumstance as well, and heard of God’s promise to Abraham and Isaac. When she did, she decided to leave her family. It was good that they saw God’s hand in it, too. They commission her saying “Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions…”. She was going to marry a man she had never met, to be part of a family she never met, in a land where she had never lived. She was going in faith as well, and God would use her to be a part of the promise and blessing.

Application:
Rebekah was available, teachable, and open to what God wanted to do in her life. She was willing to step out in faith and follow the Lord’s leading. I want to be like that. When it is obvious that God is wanting to take me in a direction, I should be willing to go.

Response:
God, please help me to follow you today. Help me to do that quickly and completely. Amen.

Where’s the lamb? F260- Week 3- Day 3

Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 22

This week’s memory verse:

(20)  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Romans 4:20

Highlight:

(7)  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
(8)  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

(14)  And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

Genesis 22:7-8, 14

Explanation:
God calls on Abraham to do something that seems really irrational. God had promised that through Isaac nations would be born. He had promised that Abraham would be the father of these many nations, and that through these nations all the world would be blessed. Yet, God calls Abraham to take his son, Isaac, to Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering.
He gets up early and heads toward the mountain. Isaac, here in verse 7, asks Abraham where the lamb was for burnt offering. What an expression of faith that Abraham declared in verse 8! He believed that God would provide the lamb.

Of course, God did provide the lamb. It was caught in the thicket by its horns, therefore unblemished and an unmarred sacrifice. God provided the substitute. Abraham had shown that He believed God and would not withhold what was most precious to him from God. God’s gifts were not more important than God Himself.

So, Abraham named the place “Joehovajireh” which means God will see (to it). God sees and provides. God saw Abraham’s faith and provided a substitute.

Application:
What a beautiful and challening story. There are a few ways that it applies.

  1. Have I trusted in Christ? This is a picture of God’s substitutionary atonement found in Jesus Christ. John said about Jesus, “Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world”. Have I acknowledged Jesus Christ as my substitute and trusted in Him for salvation?
  2. Am I willing to sacrifice what is most precious to me to be obedient to God?
  3. Am I more in love with the gifts from God than the God who has provided those gifts?

Response:
Without faith it is impossible to please God. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Lord, help me to depend on you, trust you, and obey you today.