Sunday, April 1, 2012

April 1: Genesis 27

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 27. 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?)

  • The trickery in this chapter is crazy when you think about it. Rebekah had her youngest son dress up in goat skin (which means his older brother was insanely hairy) and then trick his blind father to get his blessing. This is some seriously messed up stuff.
  • But in Jacob’s defense, remember when his older brother traded his birthright for some soup?

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Jacob’s name means “tricker” or “deceiver”... and that’s exactly what he did. And Isaac was furious. Talk about a Jerry Springer-style family! 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • There’s not a lot of application for us today. It’s more of a back story to the life of Jacob. Normally we’d think that tricking your parent is wrong and it probably is. However, God used this situation to bring good and we’ll read about that in the coming chapters.