(Study, Trust, Pray) for July 6, 2020
My Kingdom for a Cup of Soup
“These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. 22 The children struggled together within her; and she said, ‘If it is to be this way, why do I live?’ So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23 And the Lord said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.’ 24 When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. 27 When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. 30 Esau said to Jacob, ‘Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished!’ (Therefore he was called Edom.) 31 Jacob said, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ 32 Esau said, ‘I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?’ 33 Jacob said, ‘Swear to me first.’ So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”—Genesis 25:19-34 NRSV
This week we have the beginning of the story of Isaac’s children; the twins, Esau, and Jacob. They seemed to be at war in their mother’s womb. The story of Jacob is certainly a story about us. The grandson of the promise is a rascal compared to his faithful grandfather and successful father. When we read about Jacob, we see the purposes of God are tangled in a web of self-interest and self-seeking. There are two declarations that we find in this first section of Jacob’s story. The first is that God has chosen and destined Jacob in a special way. The second is that it is this designation by God that begins the trouble that is to mark Jacob’s entire life.
Loving God help us to learn from the mistakes made by your chosen one, Jacob…Amen.
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