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Genesis 36

Read Genesis 36 – Tomorrow we will read about Joseph and his dream… It’s an excellent chapter that will instill you with hope, faith and perseverance.  But today we are reading about the descendants of Esau. 

I consider this a tough chapter because it is mostly a genealogy of hard to pronounce names.  God told Rebekah she carried two rival nations (Genesis 25:23) and that will continue to play out as the descendants of Esau give Israel trouble.  Esau is the father of the Edomites, and the Amalekites (through Esau’s oldest son, Eliphaz – :16).  Our chapter mentions that Esau separated from Jacob because both brothers had been so abundantly blessed that the land could not support them.  He moved to Seir, the place he invited Jacob to when the brothers reconciled in chapter 33.  Beloved, though you may also find this hard to read, know that nothing is in God’s Word casually or without meaning.  In God’s timing and purpose every word will make perfect sense.

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Genesis 33

Read Genesis 33 – This is an answered prayer.

In Genesis 32:8-12, Jacob prayed to be saved from Esau’s likely attack. And we see Esau receiving Jacob with joyful enthusiasm (:4). One can only speculate that God changed Esau’s heart considering the fact that he brought 400 men with him to meet up with Jacob, and the last time they were together Esau wanted to kill him.

Jacob/Israel approaches his brother with utmost respect. And their reunion is wonderful. Esau wants Jacob to come with him to Seir, but Jacob says he will meet him there. Scripture does not say this happened. It says Jacob went to Sukkoth and built a place for himself and shelters for the livestock… in other words, they would be staying a while.

After, they went to Shechem and Jacob set up an altar, and called it El Elohe Israel. “The God of Israel”.

It seems as if Jacob/ Israel is rather cautious as he steps into the future the LORD has given him… the perfectionist in me wants him to show up in a cape, heroically stating, “I AM ISRAEL! GOD IS WITH ME AND NO ONE CAN STAND AGAINST ME! ” I tend to put these expectations on myself to a degree as well. But Israel is doing just fine being sanctified into the man God will use. So am I. So are you. Grace to us all, Beloved, may the grace of our Lord and Savior keep us walking closely with Him.

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Genesis 32

Read Genesis 32 – Let’s learn to view life “from now on”.

Jacob can’t get back home without passing through Esau’s region.  Remember, Esau was set on killing Jacob before he fled (Genesis 27:41), and now Jacob forms a plan to heap gifts of livestock on his brother in waves to soften his heart before they are face to face. 

Jacob wisely spent the evening in prayer, reminding the LORD of His promises, showing gratitude for all that he had and asking for rescue from Esau’s hand (:9-12). 

Jacob took his people across the river, then returned to camp.  He was alone when “a man” came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. :24  The man had to go, but Jacob would not let him go unless he blessed Jacob.  “The Man” told him, “Your name will no longer be Jacob.  From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” :28 

Beloved, Jacob had a shady start, but from there he worked hard and remained close to God.  After one final night of wrestling with God he was ready to become Israel – as God intended all along.  As you consider these events, ask yourself, “Do I hold on to the past so tight that I am delaying the future God has for me?” 

May you live with a FROM NOW ON attitude, no longer wrestling with the past, and confidently stepping forward with your new identity in Christ Jesus! 🙌🦸‍♀️❤☝️❤🦸‍♂️🙌

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Genesis 28

Read Genesis 28 – Where to start?  There is so much at play in our chapter. 

We begin where Rebekah’s complaint in 27:46 began, and Isaac summoned Jacob, instructing him to not marry a Canaanite woman, but to go to Uncle Laban’s house and marry one of his daughters.  Isaac gave Jacob one more blessing and sent him away. 

Esau knew his parents did not like the local women so he made an outward gesture to please them by traveling to Uncle Ishmael’s house and marrying his daughter, Mahalath.  She is his 3rd wife, Judith and Basemath are his Hittite wives who made life miserable for Isaac and Rebekah (26;34-35).

Beloved, this is partial obedience.  This is what it looks like to God when a person decides for themselves what would please Him, without actually submitting to the LORD in prayer nor having any true repentance.  This is like the spouse who is faithful most of the time, or the addict who is sometimes sober.

Jacob set up camp for the night, resting his head on a stone, and has a vivid dream. In it, the LORD confirms the blessing of Abraham and promises:  “What’s more, I am with you , and I will protect you wherever you go.  One day I will bring you back to this land.  I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” :15  WOW!  Jacob woke up, memorialized the stone, pouring olive oil over it, and renamed the place Bethel (house of God). 

Beloved, pour over Jacob’s dream in verses :12-15.  Ask God to grow your faith; stand before Him in your hard places and meditate on what He has to say to you.🙇‍♀️🙏🪜🙌🙇

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Genesis 27

Read Genesis 27 – See the providence of God.  You’ll need this lens for Chapter 27 or things will be confusing. 

God told Rebekah in Chapter 25:23 exactly how things would turn out for the twins she was carrying… ‘and the older shall serve the younger’.  Of course God did not need lies, deception and favoritism to accomplish His will, but when dealing with mere humans, like us, free-will is a factor He must contend with.

Beloved, this is somewhat good news for us.  You and I are bound to make less-than-godly choices over the course of our lives due to our sin nature. (Paul captures the battle well in Romans 7:15-17)  God’s providence will still prevail.  And what God desires from us is a repentant heart. 

Let’s look ahead; do we see a repentant heart in Esau?  “From that time on, Esau hated Jacob because their father had given Jacob the blessing.  And Esau began to scheme, ‘I will soon be mourning my father’s death.  Then I will kill my brother, Jacob.’ “ :41 

No, Esau comforted himself with murder fantasies, not godly sorrow.  God has foreknowledge of each person’s heart.  Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of stew (25:32-33); he was a godless man who was controlled by his flesh, he was not a man God would establish Israel through. 

And now, Jacob… his behavior is hardly admirable, and the LORD will have a lot of refining for him before he is useful and able to grow into the blessing Isaac pronounced over him. But, God knew Jacob’s heart and that His purpose would be fulfilled through Jacob.

Beloved, we are a messy bunch and Jesus knows that.  He died for us while we were still sinners! (Romans 5:8)  May each of us be quick to give thanks for our trials and the good things our LORD is accomplishing in and through us. (See James 1 for more on this.)

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Genesis 26

Read Genesis 26 – Well, well, well…

Our chapter begins with a famine.  Water is life.  Famine was a serious condition that required action. 

Isaac moved to Gerar in Philistine country.  The LORD did not want Isaac in Egypt and gave him instructions and promises.  Isaac was to stay where he was, and the LORD promised His presence and blessing, land, and descendants as numerous as the stars through which all the nations of the earth will be blessed (Jesus!!!!) :3-4. 

Isaac was a foreigner in the land and feared he would be killed for his beautiful wife, Rebekah.  So he repeats his father’s mistake and makes Rebekah declare herself his sister.  Abimelech the king saw Isaac caressing Rebekah.  Other translations say:  sporting, fondling, laughing with and dallying… it was clear to the king they were married.  I love how serious the king takes this.  He calls Isaac immediately and asks, “How could you do this to us?  One of my people might easily have taken your wife and slept with her, and you would have made us guilty of great sin.” :10

Beloved, we live in a time where marriage is not honored by many, and sexual relations outside of marriage are considered a normal outlet…. Some of the consequences of our sin are broken homes, broken hearts, fatherless children everywhere, and a lost society that doesn’t understand why or how they got that way. 

Abimelech understood the gravity of the situation.  Even sin committed in ignorance is sin.  He issued a proclamation of protection over Isaac and Rebekah. 

Isaac goes on to plant crops and is so blessed by the LORD that the Philistine servants become jealous.  They fill up Isaac’s wells… remember, water is life. The king tells Isaac to move on. 

Isaac moves to the valley, reopening the wells his father had dug, and is met with strife from the herdsmen there.  He moved to Beersheba and the LORD met him there, repeating His promises to Abraham over Isaac.  Isaac built an altar there and worshipped the LORD. 

There’s more for you to discover, keep reading. 👫🥰🤦‍♀️🚰🤝☝️🙌