The Undeserved Gift

Genesis chapter 25 opens with Abraham taking another wife, who bore him children. As we continue, we see Abraham wrapping up the final days of his life by giving gifts to his new bride and his sons and sending them out to live their lives v.6. Verses 7-8 state, "These are the days of the years of Abraham's life, 175 years. Abraham breathes his last and died in a good old age, an old mand and full of years, and was gathered to his people." He was buried in the only property he owned with his wife Sarah by Isaac and Ishmael v.9. The chapter continues with a summary of Ishmael's children and his death vs. 10-18. The new patriarch Isaac is the son of promise from Genesis chapter 18, accompanied by his wife, Rebekah. They continue to walk by faith and trust in God. As seen in verses 21 -22, it states, "And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer and Rebekah his wife conceived. The children struggled together within her, and she said, if it is thus why is this happening to me? So, she went to inquire of the Lord." In v. 23, the Lord spoke to Rebekah, "And the Lord said to her, Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger." As we continue in the story, we learn more about the young men in verses 27-28 "When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob." Don't miss this: the two brothers symbolize two different paths, one where works can earn salvation and the other where salvation is a gift. Let's read on verses 29-34 "Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field and he was exhausted. And Esau said to Jacob, let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted! (Therefore, his name was called Edom) Jacob said, sell me your birthright now. Esau said, I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me? Jacob said, swear to me now, So, he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob."

The birthright would allow the heir to be the family's next patriarch. And Esau gives up his birthright for instant gratification, a permanent solution for a temporary issue. I must admit that I have made decisions from a place of hopelessness, ending up with a permanent solution for temporary issues in my own life. I would then turn to the world for comfort instead of God. I don't know about you, but I still tend to entertain some of these thoughts today. So, much so, I wonder how God can use someone like me. That wants to run away when times get hard or uncomfortable. Then I remember Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Then reality sets in, and I remember that I am always in need. I need God's grace every second of every moment that I live. I did not do anything to deserve the gift of salvation, and His love guides me back to His word. I encourage you to read Genesis chapter 25.

Remember God Loves you and so, do I.

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