Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mar 25: Genesis 25

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 25. 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?)
  • At the beginning of this chapter, we learn that after Sarah died Abraham remarried and had more children. However, God’s promise to bless Abraham with a nation of descendants was through Isaac. Then we read that Abraham died at 175 years old and was buried with Sarah.
  • Then we read the lineage of Ishmael (the son Abraham had with his maid Hagar) and how Ishmael and all his descendants lived in hostility toward Isaac’s descendants.
  • Next, we read about Isaac’s sons Esau and Jacob. Esau was apparently a hairy little guy, even from birth. By the way, how strange would it be for your son to be born looking like a mini red Sasquatch?
  • Anyhow, one day Esau gave up his birthright to Jacob for some soup. Which is rather dumb since the birthright of the firstborn gave one the greater inheritance and honor in the family. We’ll see how this plays out in the next few chapters.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • We all have "soups" -- situations where we are tempted to trade long-term health for short-term pleasure or benefit. We need to be aware of these soups and be careful of their influence in our lives.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Is there a situation you're facing right now that is the result of seeking short-term gain for yourself? Maybe it's an unhealthy relationship, or a habit you know isn't going to move you closer to God. Today, take the action you need to take to remove the temptation from your life.