Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Welcome to Day 11 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Genesis 27, Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? [Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he takes advantage of or he deceives.] This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!”
28:14, God reiterates his promise to Jacob, the promise given to Abraham and then to Isaac… “Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.”
28:16, “When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God [Bethel means “house of God”]; this is the gate of heaven.” 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.”
Psalms 4:8 “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.”
Luke 11:13 “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Esau asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?” Wow… isn’t that the question for siblings of all time?
As a father, I want to bless all my kids. Not sure why Isaac had (or thought he had) only one blessing… Esau blames Jacob regarding his birthright, but Esau SOLD IT to Jacob for a bowl of stew! That was HIS mistake… No question there is some “right” for the firstborn… But Esau sold that right?
It bothers me that Rebekah was in on deceiving Isaac… She certainly favored Jacob… He was a bit of a mama’s boy, whereas Isaac favored Esau, a “manly man” of the earth. I wonder how my kids perceive one another… Do I bless one more than another? When I am gone, will they wish each other didn’t exist or will they love and bless one another? As in Luke 11:13 do I know how to give good gifts to my children? Do I do that?
I love that Abraham Lincoln quoted this verse about a house divided… speaking of the north and south. THAT is great application! I wonder… when people hear that Abraham Lincoln quote, do they (did they) know it’s scripture?
Woes are never fun… Woe is me if I ever become like the Pharisees or the teachers of the Law… that I become more concerned about rules than the people.
People often wonder if tithing is a New Testament or ended with the Old Testament… Here Jesus clearly commend them for tithing of their herbs, but they also needed to add mercy, justice and faithfulness… it’s not either/or… it’s both/and. Tithing without mercy becomes a pointless act. Is my tithing a pointless act? Or is it an act of worship, supported with mercy, justice and faithfulness?
Lord, help me to be a good father… one who walks in blessing. One who understands mercy, justice and faithfulness. Help me to not limit my giving to a tenth, but that all I have would be Yours. Help me to never boil my worship down to a percentage… I don’t want to do “the minimum.” I need Your help, Your strength, Your wisdom to walk this out… Make our church a “Bethel.” That people would say, “How awesome is this place!”