Scripture: Genesis 27-29. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, learned of him wanting to bless Esau. She quickly came up with a plan to trick Isaac into blessing Jacob, the younger of their two sons, instead. Jacob hesitated when he learned of Rebekah’s plan to deceive Isaac, but he went along with it anyway. Esau became very angry at Jacob that he failed to see his own wrong in giving away the birthright on impulse in the first place. Because Esau had a plan to kill his brother Jacob, Rebekah told Jacob to flee. Jacob set out for Haran. When he reached a place of rest, he stopped for the evening, placing a stone under his head. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway that lead to Heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on the stairway. Jacob woke up from the dream, took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar, pouring oil on top of it. He called the place Bethel, and then he made a vow, saying that if God would be with him and watch over him and give him food to eat and clothes to wear on his journey, then the Lord would be his God, etc. Jacob arrived in Paddan Aram and agreed to work seven years to be able to marry Rachel, Laban’s daughter. Laban gives Leah, his oldest daughter, to Jacob first, after he promised Rachel to him. Laban deceived Jacob. Jacob then agreed to work another seven years and married both of them. Laban was Rebekah’s brother.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
We, as humans, tend to take matters into our own hands when things aren’t going how we want them to. No matter how good we think our goals are, we should never attempt to achieve them by doing what is wrong, as in Rebekah’s case. Sometimes we are more worried about getting caught than about doing what is morally right in God’s eyes. We should not let sin trap us and degrade our character. Esau was so angry at Jacob that he failed to see his own fault in the situation. When we develop jealous anger, it blinds us from seeing the benefits we have and makes us dwell on what we don’t have. Anger is a natural reaction. We should attempt to develop self-control and control our feelings by recognizing our reactions, praying to God for strength, and asking Him for help in seeing the positive opportunities that can come out of bad situations. Each of us must have a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. When we get tricked or deceived by others in our lives, we must rely on God instead of plotting revenge. Doing so makes us unable to see from God’s perspective.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, help us to take these stories in the Bible and learn from them. We know that we sometimes try to take over and intervene in situations when You are at work in our lives. Help us to always do the morally right thing in all situations. Help us to develop self-control and to be slow to anger, just as You have instructed us to do. We know that being slow to anger is absolutely difficult, and we all struggle with it, but help us to ask for Your direction and guidance when we have meltdowns. Help us to see the positive opportunities in every situation we encounter. We know that You, Father, are in control. Help us to grow closer to You each day. We love You, and we thank You for everything. Help us to see from Your perspective in every situation. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.