Saturday, April 7, 2012

April 7: Genesis 28

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 28. 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?)

  • In the first line of this chapter, we see that Isaac listened to the plea of his wife and reconciled with Jacob. Isaac warned his son Jacob not to marry someone who didn’t have the same faith as he did. Then Isaac tells Jacob to marry his cousin. Weird? Absolutely, but it was normal for their culture.
  • Esau (Jacob’s brother who he had tricked) heard about his father’s advice to his brother and realized how important it was to his family to marry someone who had the same beliefs.
  • Then we read about how God met Jacob in a dream (at the soundtrack of a famous Led Zeppelin song). Ok, that last part was just my idea of what the dream might have been like.
  • But Jacob did promise to follow this God who met him in his dream. Interestingly, one of the things Jacob established as a sign of his commitment to God is giving God back 10% of everything he had. This is the first mention of a certain amount to give to God.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • This story of Jacob’s dream with God is a pretty well-known story in the Bible. It’s cool seeing how God provided for Jacob because of his willingness to follow him. We’ll see more of God’s provision for Jacob in the coming chapters. 

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

  • God doesn’t promise us fame or fortune when we follow him but he does promise to always be there with us. Do you live your life to honor God like Jacob promised to?