July 8, 2015 “The Cast”
Heavenly Father, we thank you for this day…especially the time that get to spend with you…and each other.
In the name of Jesus, Amen!
Genesis 27:30-35 (NKJV)
30 Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that your soul may bless me.”
32 And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?”
So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”
33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him—and indeed he shall be blessed.”
34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!”
35 But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”
As the saga of Jacob and Esau continues, I can’t help but think that modern day era soap operas & family sitcoms ain’t got nothin’ on these folks.
This story is hard to figure for me. I mean, why in the world would God the Father Almighty put up with this junk…much less use it for a story for all time in His good book? Just look at the results of the casts lack of faith…even in the midst of a divine promise made directly to them. The old man patriarch, while seemingly enjoying the presence of his family through a fine meal and getting to carry out his fatherly duty, is shook to his core. The eldest son finally “wakes up” and gets serious about this inheritance thing, only to find out that...in his mind… he’s been shafted by his brother…again!...and to make matters worst, in this situation, there ain’t no “partial credit”…no “participation trophy”…no “do over’s”.
That was the human side of this story…but not the whole story or the end of the story. That part of the writing is reserved for the One who makes and keeps His promises…even when His cast of children allow deception, unfaithfulness and sin to creep into the family story.
To God Be the Glory!