Sunday, April 21, 2013

Genesis 25:14-34

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 25:14-34. 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?)
  • Yesterday we read the lineage of Ishmael (the son Abraham had with his maid Hagar) and today we see how Ishmael and 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.
  • One day Esau gave up his birthright to Jacob for some soup. The first born son's birthright was a greater inheritance, so this was a big deal. We’ll see how this plays out in the next few chapters.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • There is still fighting in the Middle East all these years later and the two sides can be traced back to these sons of Abraham. If Abraham and Sarah had decided to treat Hagar and Ishmael with more kindness, might the world look different today? Perhaps the Middle East today would be a place of peace rather than turmoil. If Abraham and Sarah obeyed God, rather than taking his plan into their own hands, there probably wouldn't be an entire lineage of people fighting against the promised lineage of Isaac. Abraham and Sarah had no idea of the ramifications of their distrust in God.
  • We also have no idea of the consequences of our sins. How might they negatively impact our lives, our families, the world? We'll never know the full extent of our wrongdoings, but growing closer to God and being obedient to him will allow us to make a positive impact in our lives and the lives of others.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • How about you? What mark will your decisions leave? The choices you make today shape your tomorrows, your family, and the world. Put your trust in God and stick with his plan so you can make your life -- and this world -- a better place.