Sunday, April 28, 2013

Genesis 27:1-29

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 27:1-29. 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?)
  • We're unfamiliar with the idea of the "father's blessing" but in this time a father's blessing on his children was a huge deal in all kinds of ways.
  • We have seen previously in Genesis that Abraham lied that his wife was his sister to protect himself. And then later his son Isaac later did the same. We also saw in an earlier chapter that Jacob's older brother traded his birthright for some soup. In this chapter we see the same patterns of deception and poor decision-making (again, specifically in regard to birthright) happening in the same family.
  • We'll see how this situation resolves next Saturday!
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The Bible talks about how the "sins of the father" can visit the children, sometimes generation after generation. Unless and until the chain is broken, children can easily fall into the same destructive patterns. That is why it's so critical that those chains be broken.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Think about your life: Are there any sinful patterns in your life that were also present in your parents or grandparents? If so, ask God for his help in breaking that pattern. What people should you get involved in helping you with this? A friend? Your micro group? A counselor? It may be a difficult journey, but it will be worth it when you break the chains and experience freedom.