Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 24: 62 – 67 (ESV)
(Isaac, A Man of Meditative Reflection, Receives Rebekah)
Gen 24: 62 – 67 62Now Isaac had returned from Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in the Negeb.
63And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming.
64And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel 65and said to the servant, “Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. 66And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 25: 19 – 23 (ESV)
(Isaac Prays for Barren Rebekah, who Births “Battle Twins”)
Gen. 25 19These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham fathered Isaac, 20and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. 21And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?”b So she went to inquire of the LORD. 23And the LORD said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within youc shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger.”
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 25: 24 – 28 (ESV)
(Isaac Favors Esau & Rebekah Favors Jacob)
Gen. 25 24When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. 26Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob.d Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
27When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. 28Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 25: 29 – 34 (ESV))
(Esau Sells His Birthright)
Gen. 25 29Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. 30And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.e) 31Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” 32Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Genesis 24: 62-67 & 25: 19-34
“Jacob & Essau Represent Us Before & After We Are Born Again”
Message map: 12–3-17 Genesis 24: 62-67 & 25: 19-34
“Jacob & Essau Represent Our Duo Natures”To Be Successful With God We Must invite God to conform our character. Click To Tweet
- Isaac a man of prayer who has developed a direct relationship with God through prayer.
- Rebekah is a 4-A woman but Needs a Miracle to overcome Barrenness
- Jacob & Esau Represent Our Pre & Post Born Again Natures
- Esau despised His birthright like we Neglect the benefits of our new birth (Heb 2: 1-4)
- though Jacob is going to obtain god’s blessing, his carnal nature must be conformed to godly character
- As God Will Disciple/Discipline Jacob, so Too Does He Disciple/Discipline Us!
To Be Successful With God We Must invite God to conform our character.
Genesis 24: 1 – 6 & 9 (ESV) Isaac Is A Man of Prayer
Isaac has developed a direct relationship with God through prayer, by which he directly communicates with His God, and not merely as “the son of Abraham”. Thus God calls Himself “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”, as He had a personal relationship with each one. (Gen. 50:24, Ex. 2:24, 3:6 & 16, 4:5, 6:3, Deut. 6:10, 29:13 & 30:20, Matt. 22:32, Mk. 12:26, Lk. 13:28 & 20:37, Acts 3:13 & 7:32,)
God has a direct relationship with the Patriarchs, and calls Himself …
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:
Genesis 50:24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will certainly come to your aid and bring you up from this land to the land He promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”…
Exodus 2:24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his … And at the sound of their weeping the agreement which God had made with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob came to his mind.
Exodus 3:6 Then he said, “I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God. …
Exodus 3:16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers–the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob–appeared to me and said: I have …
Exodus 4:5 “This is to convince the people that the LORD God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to you.”…
Exodus 6:3 I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but I did not reveal My name Yahweh to them. …
Deuteronomy 6:10 Then when the LORD your God brings you to the land he promised your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give you–a land with large, fine cities you did not …
Deuteronomy 29:13 to confirm you this day as his people, that he may be your God as he promised you and as he swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. …
Deuteronomy 30:20 and that you may love the LORD your God, listen …I also call on you to love the LORD your God, to obey him and be loyal … in the land the LORD promised to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” …
Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He’s not the God of the dead but of the living.”…
Mark 12:26 Now about the dead rising–have you not read in the … passage about the bush, where God said, ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’… Luke 13:28 “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves …
Luke 20:37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses… He says that the Lord is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and…
Acts 7:32 I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look. …
God personally relates to each of us because of 1 Tim 2:5, the mediation work Christ performed for us on The Cross.
1 Tim 2:5, For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
Genesis 24: 1 – 6 & 9 (ESV) Through Prayer Isaac Imitates God & God Instructs Isaac Prayer is …
- talking to God
- being quiet, before God, so God can talk to us
- an essential part of building/developing our relationship with God
- All the above.
Jesus Modeled Prayer As Essential to a Godly Life Style
Mark 1:35 & Luke 3:21-22; 4:42 Mark 5:15-16; 6:12-13; 6:27-28; 9:16, 18, 28-29; 10:1-2, 21; 11:1-13; 18:1-8, 9-14; 19:45-46; 20:45-47; 21:36; 22:17-19, 31-32, 39-46; 23:33-34, 46; 24:30, 50-51.
Genesis 24: 15 – 28 (ESV) Rebekah is a 4-A Woman, but Is Barren
Profile Rebekah: She is …
- Very attractive in appearance,
- abstinent before marriage – chaste (a maidenc whom no man had known)
- An ambitious go getter not afraid of hard work, who watered 10 camels, and also the servant and perhaps the others with him.
- An adventurer who walks by faith & goes to Isaac, sight unseen. Gen 24: 8And they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will go.” 59So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men.
- Despite her amazing attributes, Rebekah is barren and can’t fulfill what God promised.
Being Barren Does Not Mean We Are Barred from Service
To Be Barren means …
- a man or woman who cannot produce biological children
- we sense God has called us to something, but we are feeling inadequate to fulfill it?
- we are waiting for God to fulfill His Purposes within His Providential timing
- a delayed answer/provision is not a denied answer/prayer
- All the above
Gen 25: 20 says Isaac was 40 when he and Rebekah married.
Gen 25:26 says, Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
So Isaac and Rebekah presumably prayed for 20 years before they had children.
Of Isaac praying for Rebekah’s barrenness, Wesley says, “And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife – Though God had promised to multiply his family, he prayed for it; for God’s promises must not supersede but encourage our prayers, and be improved as the ground of our faith. Though he had prayed for this mercy many years, and it was not granted, yet he did not leave off praying for it.”
Matthew Poole points out that the phrase “For his wife; or, in the presence of his wife; signifies that, besides their separate private devotions, they did oftentimes in united force, prayed together, for this mercy wherein they were both equally concerned. Both together and apart they entreated God for the mercy to have a child, which was promised by God.
God promised, yet delayed and did it on His terms, in His timing. This delay caused Isaac and Rebekah to come together in prayer over their mutual concern to have children. (They did not blame each other for the lack of their ambitions and desires being fulfilled.)
Genesis 25: 21- 23 (ESV) ANSWERED PRAYER CAN PRESENT NEW PROBLEMS
And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?”b So she went to inquire of the LORD. 23And the LORD said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the YOUNGER.”
The Biblical concept is the first shall be last and the last shall be first. (Matt. 19:30 & 20:16, Mk. 9:35 & 10:31, Lk. 13:30)
Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. …
Matthew 20:16 “So the last shall be first, and the first last.”……
Mark 9:35 Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”…
Mark 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first. … But many that are first shall be last; and the last first. …
Luke 13:30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first…… And, behold, some are last who shall be first, and some are first who shall be last. …
Seth was younger than Cain
Isaac was younger than Ishmael
Moses was younger than Aaron
Gideon was younger than his siblings Judges 6:15 Gideon says “… My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”……
David was younger than his brothers
Jeremiah was told, “Don’t be intimidated because of your youth/“(Jer 1:6-8)
Timothy was told, “Don’t be intimidated because of your youth.” (1 Tim 4:2)
John 3: 3-8 & 16 — THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST
The Biblical last shall be first concept reflects the born-again experience Jesus explains to Nicodemus in John 3: 3-8 & 16 – 3Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born againb he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.c 7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8The winde blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” … 16“For God so loved the world,i that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3: 3-8 & 16 (ESV) We Must be born again
John 3: 3-8 & 16 – 3Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born againb he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.c 7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘Youd must be born again.’ 8The winde blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” … 16“For God so loved the world,i that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life
1 Cor. 15: 45-49 (ESV) THE FIRST & last Adam
The first & second man / person
The man of dust & the man of heaven
1 Cor. 15: 45 – 49 45Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”;e the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shallf also bear the image of the man of heaven.
Born again babies must be trained to be mature
- The Born Again Experience means …
- 1 Corinthians 15:46 is true: “What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. (NLT)”
- Babies First Are Bottle Fed: 1 Pet 2:2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation
- Babies Are Bundles of Carnal Passions: Gal 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
- Babies’ Behaviors Must Be trained To Be Like Their Parents: Rom. 13:14 Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.
Because of the above, God must put us through a rigorous life-long process to conform us to His image and purpose.
(Yellow) Gen 25: 24 – 28 — A Fractured Family Of Favorites
- Esau the older twin is hairy red, symbolizing a man of carnal compulsive action and Jacob, the younger is grasping his heel, symbolizing his carnal ambition to be first.
- Esau was a skillful outdoorsman (man of the field) and hunter, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents.
- Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob, probably because he was her “home-boy”.
- It appears the saving grace in the family is that mom and dad, though flawed, appear to love each other.
(Yellow) Genesis 24: 60 – 61 (ESV) The Battle over the benefits of birthright
Gen. 25 29-33 29Once when Jacob was cooking stew,
Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. (parched and weary)
We tend to make poor decisions when we are a) tired, b) sick, c) feeling pressure, d) feeling full of self e) All the above.
Jacob opportunistically, takes advantage of Esau’s mood and request to “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.e) 31Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright (rights of the first-born) now.”
32Esau said , “I am about to die; of what use (benefit) is a birthright to me?”
33Jacob has Esau “swear as an oath before God in the sale or transfer of his birthright.
Genesis 24: 60 – 61 (ESV) Despising our born again birthrights
Gen 25: 34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
The benefits of Esau’s birthright are ordained by GOD, so too are the benefits of our born-again experience, which bequeaths to us the rights of birth from our Heavenly Father.
As Esau casually invoked an oath in a cavalier (offhanded, overly casual and disdainful) manner and then went casually on his way – not giving it another thought — is how we treat our Heavenly birthright when we sin, thinking it only is a small matter.
John 3: 7-8 7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” … 16“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
In John 3: 7-8 we are told God as “the wind” of the Holy Spirit “ blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes” — meaning you see the results of His work, but do not its start – which is the inward work within people. … So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
This inner activity is the work of God’s love. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world,i that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Genesis 25: 34 (ESV) The danger of Despising our born again birthrights
Esau DESPISED = showed a careless contempt (NLT) for, despised (ESV, KJV, NAS NIV), belittled (ISV) or placed in low estimation, his birthright, and we must not neglect so great a salvation. Esau carelessly walked away from his birthrights. When we take for granted the Holy Spirit’s promptings, we are in danger of doing the same. Click To Tweet
Esau carelessly walked away from his birthrights.
When we take for granted the Holy Spirit’s promptings, we are in danger of doing the same.
Once we are born again and inherit our Godly birthrights, like Jacob we are …
- blessed and can do whatever we feel like doing
- are spiritual babes in need of the blessings of God’s discipline.
Hebrews 2: 1- 4
1Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
The next Scripture slides from Heb. 12 shows how God’s discipline will keep us from drifting — if we yield to it!
Heb. 12: 3-8 (ESV) discipline conforms our behavior to The Benefits of Being Born Again
Heb. 12: 3-8 3Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 7It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
Heb. 12: 9-13 (ESV) discipline conforms our behavior to The Benefits of Being Born Again
Heb. 12: 9-13. 9Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.
Our patriarchal role models
13These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
Heb. 11: 13-15 Explain Our Patriarchal Examples …
- died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and (Heb. 11: 13)
- welcomed God’s promises from a distance (as we must) (Heb. 11: 13)
- confessed they were strangers and exiles on the earth. (2 Cor. 9:13 & (Heb. 11: 13)
- clearly were seeking a country and citizenship of their own, per God’s calling. (Heb. 11: 14)
- And refused to return to their former country estate. (Heb. 11: 15)
Loving God Most Means Following In The Footsteps of the Patriarchs and Sojourn, Trusting God Will Work Through Our Barrenness To Fulfill His Plan.
LET’S PRAY! As We Entrust Ourselves to God To Conform Us To His Image!