June 5 – Genesis 25:19-34
June 5 – Genesis 25:19-34
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Heavenly Father, these verses remind me so much of how easily we will give up our personal time with You when we want something specific, or we are tired, busy, or just bored. How easy it is for us to become lukewarm to what You have done for us. To who You are. If we could truly see just a tiny glimpse of You we would never turn our backs on You. We would have trouble doing anything but sharing with everyone we meet about You. We would bow down at the very thought of You. I sometimes wonder why You don’t show Yourself to all humanity so we could all understand You better and we could see the need to bow down to You and worship You with our whole hearts. But I also understand that You want us to choose You. To choose to love You and serve You because we see You and want to love You with every ounce of our being. You want us to choose You. You have already chosen us and sent Your Son to die for us.
Thank You Father for choosing me. Thank You for allowing me to grow up with You taught in my home.
Thank You for an early understanding of You and the need to study about You, study Your Word and worship You.
Thank You for choosing me to be part of this ministry and allowing me this wonderful opportunity to share You with so many people.
Thank You for choosing me for so many opportunities to love You, to hear from You, and to serve You.
In Jesus’ name.
Isaac and Rebekah are given sons, Esau and Jacob. But, the struggle began as early as in the womb and continued into the sons’ adulthood.
How does the Bible describe Esau and Jacob and what’s significant about their relationship with their parents?
Selling a birthright seems outrageous especially in trade for stew. What sense can you make out of Esau’s decision? Why do you think he expected to still get his father’s blessing as the oldest son when he had given away that birthright?
19 These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham fathered Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. 21 And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 The children struggled together within her, and she said, "If it is thus, why is this happening to me?" So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23 And the Lord said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger." 24 When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. 27 When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, "Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!" (Therefore his name was called Edom.) 31 Jacob said, "Sell me your birthright now." 32 Esau said, "I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?" 33 Jacob said, "Swear to me now." So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.