Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Cor. 15:58


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 9-- Goat Served with a Side of Deception

Day 9: 25-27

Main People:
Abraham, Isaac, Keturah, Rebekah, Ishmael, Jacob, Esau

Key Points:
*Abraham had other kids, but gave all (well most) to Isaac. He did give some gifts to concubines wives’ kids.

*Ishmael and Isaac buried him which I found sweet since they didn’t get along very well.

*Isaac said Rebekah was his sister—like his Daddy did, only it wasn’t a lie when his Daddy said it. Runs in the family…

*Isaac became too rich, so the king sent him away.

*THEN Abimelech made a treaty with Isaac because he was so powerful

*Esau married Judith and Basemath (Hittites) and made life miserable for his parents.

*Jacob got his Esau’s inheritance on a scam and a family feud was born. Sure, Esau wasn’t a great son, but Jacob wasn’t perfect either.

Verses that Jumped Out at Me:
25:21—Pray and plead to God for every our most personal requests.

25:32-33—When we see something we want, we automatically want to get it no matter what. Think of the consequences before you give up you birthright for a bowl of soup…

27:11-13—Sin can degrade your character

How did Jacob deceive Isaac?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 28-30

*To find the reading plan I’m doing, click on the “Our Reading Plan for 2013” tab.

*On January 31st, I’ll have a giveaway (I’m doing this at the end of every month). It will have to do with the reading (so I hope you’re keeping up ;) ) This month’s prize is an ebook copy of my book CROSSING THE DEEP and a $5 Amazon Gift Card



  1. I love your questions/reflections - great ideas to chew on.

    We automatically downgrade Esau for giving up his birthright for a bowl of lentils, yet how often, if not for grace, would we be in trouble for pursuing our wants...

    1. Yup, how many stupid things do we say a day/pray for that we don't really mean. This is a good story to remind us that our words/actions have consequences :)

  2. If we read this story of the final blessing, it wasn't Jacobs fault, it was Rebekah's. Rebekah had told Jacob to go and get a goat, so SHE could prepare some good stew. Jacob was only listening to what is mother had said.

    1. Yeah, but everyone has a choice. He chose to listen to her. And yeah, Rebekah was at fault partly, but Jacob was the one who listened. Everyone is responsible for his/her actions. :)