Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday July 15 Tiffany

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Chronicles 19-20; Psalm 119:169-176; 1 Corinthians 7
Today's scripture focus is Genesis 28

Genesis 28 English Standard Version (ESV)

Jacob Sent to Laban

28 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother's father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother. God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession ofthe land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!” Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

Esau Marries an Ishmaelite

Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women,” and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram. So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the sister ofNebaioth.

Jacob's Dream

10 Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
18 So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillarand poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God's house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”

I am on vacation this week and planned very poorly, so have had little time to really study this passage.
Here is the link to Bob Deffinbaugh's sermon on this chapter. I encourage discussion in the comments. God bless!
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Genesis 29:1-30
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 2 Chronicles 21-22; Psalm 120; 1 Corinthians 8

1 comment:

TammyIsBlessed said...

I think it's sad that evidently Isaac and Rebekah never instructed either of their sons as to the type of woman God (and they) would have them marry.

Thankfully, Isaac's blessing here does seem to indicate that he has resigned himself to God's plan for his sons. However, the phrase "too little too late" comes to mind. If only he would have recognized this sooner!

It's also sad to see how desperately Esau wants to be loved by his parents. Rebekah's love for Jacob appears to have been unconditional, but she didn't seem to have much love for Esau. Isaac's love for Esau seems to have been conditional, based on his performance. Esau appears to have despaired over ever gaining his mother's love, but was still trying to win his father's love, and married a non-Canaanite women in order to try to do so. Unfortunately, he still didn't get it right - he married a descendant of Ishmael, a child of self-effort.

Jacob couldn't find God by striving on his own (certainly not by such deceptive means!), but rather, was found by God in his sleep. :)

I appreciated the end of Deffinbaugh's sermon....
a profession of faith does not mean our immediate entrance into blissful experiences and rose-petal-strewn pathways. For twenty years after this conversion experience Jacob was to live away from his mother and father, away from the land of promise. For twenty years Jacob was to be administered a large dose of his own medicine, dealt out by an uncle who was even more deceitful than he. Entering into a relationship with God does not guarantee only good times and happy experiences; but it does assure us of the forgiveness of sins, the hope of eternal life, and the presence of God in our everyday lives.