Friday, January 13, 2012
Happy Friday! Welcome to Day 13 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 31, Right off the bat, Jacob’s success (God’s blessing upon him and his brilliant breeding scheme) causes a rift in his family. His brothers in law accused him of stealing from their father (his father in law) and Laban’s attitude changes toward him after Jacob had worked for him for 20 years! He had married Rachel and Leah… Jacob has had enough and leaves. Rachel steals some items (gods!) from her father. Oops. (What is Laban doing with “household gods” anyway?)
Reminder: Leah was the sister of Rachel and daughter of Laban whose grandfather, Nahor was Abraham’s brother. Tryin’ to keep all this straight in my head!
I wonder what Abraham would have thought about his nephew having “household gods?”
Genesis 32, Jacob wrestles with a man (God)… Would love to have been there to see that! Says the man could not overpower him? Then jacked up his hip by touching it? I think God can do whatever God wants to do. I wonder if this was a good wrestling or a not-good wresting… Jacob’s name is changed to Israel.
Jacob and Esau have a tearful reunion. I wonder what Jacob/Israel had told his wives about Esau over twenty years?
Luke 13, “14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” You’ve got to be kidding me… THAT is hypocrisy at it’s finest. Note to self.
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 thrown out.” Wondering why Jesus didn’t refer to Jacob as Israel?
Funny how relationships ebb and flow over the course of time… a lot can happen over twenty years. God blessed BOTH Jacob and Esau. Neither needed what the other had!
Wondering if Jacob and Esau had any contact over that twenty years. Seems not… Was Jacob was trusting in his flocks and herds more than in the Lord? Using all that God had blessed him with to prime the pump with Esau? How easy is it for us to take matters into our own hands? There certainly was some wisdom in what he was doing. He did pray… thanking God for his promise… Wondering if God gave him that strategy as to how to greet/handle Esau…
Luke 13:24, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door.” Life strategy… Make EVERY EFFORT to enter through the narrow door. Good thing is we know Jesus IS the narrow door! The path. The gate. “Narrow is the path that leads to life. Few find it. Matthew 7:14 “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Few. Few? Few! Few…
Lord, help me to stay on that narrow path. I know YOU are that path. Help me to not take matters into my own hands… I pray that you would bless me and my family! Thank you for your word, that is so practical and thought provoking… A lamp to my feet… and YOU are the light to that narrow path.