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Away from Home but Not From God!

29 Aug

encounter

So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him and commanded him take a wife for yourself there from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. Genesis 28:1-2

How often have children blamed their parents for the way they grew up? Jacob could not say that. He was loved and spoiled especially by his mother.

It was evident that Isaac and Rebekah were not happy with Esau’s choice of brides so Rebekah used this reason to get Jacob away from Esau. She didn’t mention to Isaac that she wanted to send Jacob to her brother so that he would get away from the anger of his brother, but she did mention the fact that he could choose a wife there from among her family. Isaac seemed to like the idea. So he blessed Jacob, told him not to take a wife from the Canaanites and sent him away. I’m sure there was a sigh of relief on Rebekah’s part but little did she realize that she would never see Jacob again.

Jacob had traveled approximately forty miles that day when he finally stopped to rest. Undoubtedly he wanted to get as far away from his brother as he could. This was the first time he was away from home and away from his mother. The Bible tells us that he laid down to rest laying his head on a stone for a pillow. He may have been away home but he was not away from God.

That night the Lord came to Jacob in a dream reassuring him that the blessing promised to Abraham would be carried on through him. God also promised His presence, guidance and protection. Jacob responded to the presence of God as His personal encounter began and he would never be the same.

God may not appear to us on a stairway as He did to Jacob; however He comes to us daily. In actuality the Lord is our stairway, not One we can climb, but One we can trust.

Blessings,

Susan Pippin

 
 

We Need a Personal Encounter!

26 Aug

Jesus

Isaac said, “I am an old man and don’t know the day of my death. Now then get your weapons, your quiver and bow and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.” Genesis 27:2-3

This chapter shows how Isaac and his family chose to pursue God’s blessing their way instead of God’s way. The Bible states that Isaac loved Esau and Rebekah loved Jacob. Isaac’s preference for Esau and Rebekah’s manipulation certainly got in the way of God’s plan. Had Isaac forgotten that God had told them that Esau would serve his young brother Jacob?  Had Isaac forgotten that Esau had married two pagan women and had disregarded the righteous standards of his parents?

Had Rebekah forgotten that the purpose of the covenant was to bring people to a faith in God and obedience to Him? How sad that through her deceitfulness to trick Isaac into thinking that Jacob was Esau her scheme would cost her in the future. Jacob had to run away from the anger of his brother Esau. He lost the comforts of his home and family and later reaped deceitful treatment himself. Rebekah who loved her son so much never saw him again. What is gained in manipulation and favoritism will eventually be lost.

Manipulation is rooted in pride and selfishness and limits the freedom of others through control. The result causes the individual who manipulates to think they know more than God and shows a lack of trust in God. Jacob later learned that success must be gained by righteous living instead of manipulation and deceit.

God in His mercy continued to work out His plan. Later  Jacob had a personal encounter with God that changed his life completely.

Blessings,

Susan Pippin