At this point in his life, Isaac is doing “well.” We read in this section of four wells Isaac digs. The first two, are wells that are disputed, but the third and fourth seemed to work out peacefully.
As you can know, water is a precious commodity and Bible teachers tell us that claiming a well was the equivalent of claiming ownership of the land. Isaac was being bullied, but Isaac was passive by nature (Romans 12:18). Eventually they were able to work out a covenant and the reasoning should be an inspiration for us as believers:
Genesis 26:28 (NKJV) “But they said, ‘We have certainly seen that the LORD is with you. So we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, between you and us; and let us make a covenant with you.’’”
Is it evident to others (even non-believers) that the LORD is with me?
Not only was Isaac digging wells, he also began to build altars. The LORD appeared to him and reaffirmed His promise to Israel (Genesis 26:4-5).
The whole account of Jacob stealing Esau’s blessing is a bit bizarre (from my perspective) but it’s only because I lack the grace that our amazing God gives. Isn’t it sad what we read back in:
Genesis 25:28 (NKJV) “And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.”
Parents should never have favorites…but God showed them grace.
It was wrong for Jacob to steal his brother’s blessing – and the way he and his mother did it, lie after lie after lie, how could it merit God’s blessing? God showed them grace.
God had revealed to Rebekah that the older would serve the younger back in Genesis 25:23, but she should have allowed God to work it all out; we are not to deceptively help God out…but God showed her grace.
As we continue our journey in the Scriptures we will see THROUGHOUT the Bible the many, many failures of God’s chosen people (the Bible doesn’t hide them) it records it all, etched in history – how could God use and choose them? God showed them grace. The same is true for my life and yours, take heart…God shows us grace.
At least Jacob believed in the blessing of God! Do I? Really?
Esau may have been going through the motions of believing in the blessing, but did he really have God’s promise in his heart? Why did he marry pagan women who were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 26:34) sapping Rebekah even of her very life? (Genesis 27:46) If a believer marries a non-believer they also marry many heartaches, and will lose many of the blessings of life.
One last thing before we leave this section; some believe Esau was doomed from the get go because the Bible tells us that God loved Jacob and hated Esau (Malachi 1:3; Romans 9:13). The simple explanation for this is that Jacob was a believer in the LORD; he was saved and favored by God who saw his faith, even before time began (1 Peter 1:2).
This account of friends bringing their friend to Jesus is one of my favorites in the Bible. When they arrived at the house where Jesus was, there was no room to get in, but they didn’t give up. They carried their friend up on the roof, bored a hole, and let him down in the presence of Jesus. Talk about resilient faith!
They wanted their friend to be healed physically, but Jesus first healed him spiritually, eternally, for that is far more important. The religious leaders doubted in their hearts, but Jesus, who knows the heart and all our thoughts, proved it to them and reveals to us all the power that He has to forgive sins – His gracious deity.
How wonderful that Jesus would call a Tax-Collector to follow Him; Tax Collectors were hated by the Jews, and were considered to be the worst of all sinners. But this opened doors for Jesus to eat with sinners in His loving attempt to reach them. Legalistic people don’t do such things, neither do they understand God’s heart to reach the lost and heal the hurting. It makes me check my life. When was the last time I reached out or hung out with someone who wasn’t saved? God help us to go fishing.
I know the LORD has never completely relinquished His throne, even in this crazy world that we live in; but my heart aches in longing for the day our King literally, physically, actually, eternally rules from Jerusalem.
Psalm 10:16 (NKJV) “The LORD is King forever and ever; the nations have perished out of His land.”
Give to God off the top, the fat of the firstborn, the best of what you have. If at all possible, budget your life so you can give to God 10% (it’s a great place to start) and you watch how God will bless your life (Malachi 3:8-10).
If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, or you’d like to share something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward in 2021.