Sunday, June 9, 2013

June 9 - Genesis 36

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 36. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter contains a record of the lineage of Esau.
  • Notice that starting in verse 6 Esau moved his whole family, which was a lot of people (at least 4 recorded wives, plus their kids), closer to Jacob? 
  • Did you also notice that the two brothers couldn’t live right beside each other because their possessions were too great that the land could not sustain both of them? God had promised to bless them, and apparently He really came through on that promise.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • This chapter clearly shows us that Jacob and Esau had resolved their differences.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If you read the account of Jacob in the Bible you might at first think he had it really rough and maybe God wasn’t looking out for him. But when you read these few verses in this chapter about the land not being able to support all the livestock you know God blessed Jacob and his brother, Esau immensely. We do that in our own lives don’t we? We get focused on the bad things in our lives and lose focus of all the good stuff God has done for us. Instead of looking at your hardships today take a moment and recognize all the things God has blessed you with. Take some time to thank Him. Maybe even make a list of all His blessings in your life, and then thank Him for each one.