• William T. Howe Ph.D.

January 9, 2021

Daily Reading: Genesis 27-29

Genesis 27:36

And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?

How soon we forget! How quick we are to blame others! These shortcomings of mankind can easily be seen in the life of Esau. Within our nature is a predisposed notion that we are always right and when things go wrong it is someone else’s fault. Esau suffered from this ailment.

He told his father Isaac, that Jacob his brother took away his birthright. That is not true. Esau sold Jacob his birthright for a bowl of stew (Genesis 25:33). Also, Esau claimed that Isaac took away his blessing. This was not true either. Remember back in Genesis 25:23 when God revealed His will on the matter to Rebekah? And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. The elder was Esau, the younger was Jacob. Blessings from God are not given by man. Isaac had no overriding privilege to usurp God’s will in this matter.

Someone once said that when we point our finger at someone else, we have three more fingers pointing back at us. True. So, before we selfishly and wrongly blame others for our predicaments of life perhaps we should undertake some self-examination. Oftentimes, if not always, we are the ones to blame for our issues. After all, whatever situation we find ourselves in, remember, that situation is the result of the sum of all decisions we have made up unto that point; or it is a situation that our Heavenly Father has allowed in our life for a purpose.

Jacob was not perfect by any means; this is evident in Scripture. But within the story of his life we find a man struggling with his relationship with God. Which illustrates every child of God and the conflict we have between the spiritual and the natural person that lives within each one of us. As Jacob he was known as a supplanter. As Israel, the name God gave him, he was known as a Prince with God.

Frankly, sometimes we live as Jacob and sometimes we live as Israel. The goal for any serious-minded child of God is to diminish Jacob and increase Israel in our own lives.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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