Sunday, January 9, 2022

The Story of Redemption - Day 9

Genesis 25-27

Again, the Bible reminds us that the promises of God are not dependent on us.

Abraham remarries following the death of Sarah and has more sons, who end up being more enemies of Israel. 

I find it fascinating what the scripture say in chapter 25. Abraham gave everything he had to Isaac, but to his other sons he gave gifts and sent them away.

Abraham was 175 years older than his death and his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him with the Sarah.

Ishmael had 12 sons and was the father of a multitude at his death. He was 137 years old when he died.

Reminiscent of the story of his father and mother, Isaac took a wife and she was barren. He prayed that the Lord would give him a son. Rebekah became pregnant with twins. And a story of dysfunctional family continues. Jacob was Rebekah’s favorite and Esau was Isaac’s favorite. Jacob was crafty and deceptive and a saw was hot tempered and only interested in temporary pleasure. Isa sold his birthright for a bowl of stew.

Isaac knew his time on earth was short (he lived 40 more years after the story) and wanted to give the blessing to his son Esau, even though God had said Jacob would be the one to receive the blessing. The story that follows in the rest of chapter 27 is unbelievably sad.

Deception, lies, threats-through the evil plan of Rebecca and Jacob God still works out his righteous plan. In spite of him, not because of him. Jacob is essentially exiled for what they thought would be a few days until “thy brother’s anger turn away from thee,” but ended up being more than 20 years until he was able to return home. 

There are no heroes in this story, other than God. His promises are not based on our goodness or what we can do for Him. Those who bless Him will receive His blessing. Those who reject Him are under the curse of condemnation.

The Story of Redemption, Volume 1 | Genesis - 2 Samuel by The Daily Grace Co.

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