faith, Genesis Series

Genesis 27 Bible Drama

Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 27.

Meditate on Genesis 27:30 “After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.”

Someone has to say it. This family is a hot mess of drama.

We have Rebekah who tries to manipulate what God has already promised to Jacob into fruition. Her husband Isaac who refuses to obey God and insists on giving the blessing to Esau. Jacob who lies to his father’s face. And finally, an angry Esau who blames his brother for stealing the birthright he despised and intends to murder him.

It seems bizarre to say that this family was the one that God chose to be His people. However, Genesis 27 is oddly comforting to the rest of us. It’s encouraging to know that even though we scheme and plot and manipulate God still accomplishes His purposes for and through our lives.

The imperfections of this family point to the unchanging characteristic of a faithful and gracious God who is not done with his people. Not when they lie, cheat, steal or even murder. Not when they complain, bicker and blame. None of our sin issues are too big for God to redeem and none of it disqualifies us from being used by Him. Would life be simpler if we would only get out of the way and let Him work? Most definitely, but thank the Lord His promises are still good even while we are yet sinners.

Prayer: God thank you so much that you are good and faithful and unchanging. Thank you that your promises are true for me and your people no matter what. God forgive me when I get in the way of what you will surely take care of for me. Lord thank you that you can still use me even when I make a mess of things.  Help me to trust you, get in flow with you and let you accomplish your purposes through me. In Jesus’ name amen.

Application: 

Have you ever been discouraged by something someone in the church has done to hurt you?

Have you ever felt like your sin was too big for God to ever allow you to do big things for His kingdom?

What does this chapter remind you about the nature of people vs the nature of God?

Memorize Romans 5:8 ” But God demonstrated His love toward us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 thought on “Genesis 27 Bible Drama”

  1. The story is an odd one. Our hero deceives his father and cheats his brother. I don’t know if we’re supposed to applaud Jacob’s ingenuity. I don’t think I ever have admired him for that.

    Your questions are especially incisive ones:

    I’ve worked in the church as a layperson and been hurt many, many times.

    Yes, I have felt the weight of my own sin keeping me from feeling free to serve God at all, let alone well.

    You are right–it’s God who is consistent. And God can use even us.

    I hope you and your family have a fine April.

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