We learn about Jacob’s attempt to leave Laban and the deal he makes with Laban. We see how God blesses Jacob and how he wrestles with him and Cripples him. Do we feel like Jacob feel on the one hand the pull of the divine purpose and on the other, the varied claims of relations and friends? We must aim to keep all our relationships open, but give God’s call the highest priority.
Jacob’s parents were Isaac and Rebekah, and Esau was his twin brother. God spoke to Rebekah before the birth of the twins, saying, “Two nations are in your womb…and the older (Esau) will serve the younger (Jacob)” (Gen. 25:23). As soon as Jacob makes his appearance in Scripture, we find him manipulating his brother Esau into surrendering his birthright. Esau was so hungry that he gave up his birthright, which he did not really care about (25:32). Jacob tricked his father into giving him the blessing of the firstborn.
When the realization of our ambitions is clearly shown, our task is to wait for the Lord to bring about His plan in His way and in His time. God is able to perform what He has promised, without the aid of human schemes.
Isaac started well but as he grew older his faults became more evident. He is regarded by many as being fond of the good life, and unduly favoring the son who provided them for him. Despite his negative qualities, Isaac had many virtues and graces: faith (Heb. 11:20), obedience (Gen. 22:6-9), affection (Gen. 24:67, 25:28, 27:27-33), as well as gentleness, and marital fidelity. He taught the men and women of his day that “a servant of the Lord must not quarrel”, not be aggressive, but gentle, patient, sacrificing, and humble (2 Tim. 2:24-25)
The story of Issac shows us how to be a dutiful child, a kind person, stand our ground and be unequally yoked together. In other words, don’t date below your calling.
The last installment of the study of Abraham. Abraham’s obedience to God, through curcumin to the offering of Issac as a sacrifice. We Look at his intercessory prayer and his unyielding faith in God.
God has promised Abram great things including great numbers of descendants. Abram sets for the first mention of the tithe with Melchedidek and Abram and Sarai jumped ahead of God and instead of standing on faith chose to move ahead of God.
God’s promises to Abraham:
- I will make you a great nation.
- I will bless you.
- I will make your name great.
- You will be a blessing.
- I will bless those who bless you.
- I will curse those who curse you.
- Through you shall all people be blessed.
This week we look at Abraham from his call from the call of God to the separation of Abraham and Lot. God may call us and not give us a clear destination, but when we are called He gives us promises. Step ut on faith and hold on to the promise. The journey may be more impactful than the destination.
God chose Noah for a ministry, just as he has chosen you. Noah’s life and witness illustrate the importance of maintaining a consistent witness in the face of abounding scorn and ridicule, and never giving up even though one’s message seems to be falling on deaf ears.
God found favor in Noah in wicked times. He can also find favor in us during these wicked times. This week we look at the story of Noah’s life and faith up to the flood. We discover if God has put a calling in our hearts, He has already factored in our weaknesses.
Studying Adam and Eve’s children, Cain and Abel can allow us to learn from the literal first family. Let’s try to let God be God. “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) Christ took care of the first family and He still takes care of us.