Friday, July 23


Genesis 27:1-29

1When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called his elder son Esau and said to him, "My son"; and he answered, "Here I am." 2He said, "See, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. 3Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me. 4Then prepare for me savory food, such as I like, and bring it to me to eat, so that I may bless you before I die."
5Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, 6Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "I heard your father say to your brother Esau, 7'Bring me game, and prepare for me savory food to eat, that I may bless you before the LORD before I die.' 8Now therefore, my son, obey my word as I command you. 9Go to the flock, and get me two choice kids, so that I may prepare from them savory food for your father, such as he likes; 10and you shall take it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies." 11But Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, "Look, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a man of smooth skin. 12Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him, and bring a curse on myself and not a blessing." 13His mother said to him, "Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my word, and go, get them for me." 14So he went and got them and brought them to his mother; and his mother prepared savory food, such as his father loved. 15Then Rebekah took the best garments of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob; 16and she put the skins of the kids on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17Then she handed the savory food, and the bread that she had prepared, to her son Jacob.
18So he went in to his father, and said, "My father"; and he said, "Here I am; who are you, my son?" 19Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, so that you may bless me." 20But Isaac said to his son, "How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?" He answered, "Because the LORD your God granted me success." 21Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not." 22So Jacob went up to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau." 23He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands; so he blessed him. 24He said, "Are you really my son Esau?" He answered, "I am." 25Then he said, "Bring it to me, that I may eat of my son's game and bless you." So he brought it to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank. 26Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come near and kiss me, my son." 27So he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his garments, and blessed him, and said,
 "Ah, the smell of my son
 is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed.
 28May God give you of the dew of heaven,
 and of the fatness of the earth,
 and plenty of grain and wine.
 29Let peoples serve you,
 and nations bow down to you.
 Be lord over your brothers,
 and may your mother's sons bow down to you.
 Cursed be everyone who curses you,
 and blessed be everyone who blesses you!"


What keeps you from doing the wrong thing? Is it your conscience? Is it your Christian upbringing and Christian values? We do not always do the right thing. We stumble. We sometimes stretch the truth and can also make some very big mistakes. When we do the right thing and are truthful, and not deceitful as Rebekah and Jacob are in this passage, is it because we are afraid of "getting caught" or is it because we are intentionally doing the right thing?  
Don’t we all intend to do the honest thing? Do any of us wake up in the morning and think, “I wonder who I can deceive today?” I don’t think anyone does, but then things happen in our lives and we lose our focus, the focus we should have as a child of God and disciple of Christ. Next time I wander away from what I know is right, I am going to put my focus back of Jesus.


Loving God, sometimes I let life get in the way of following your teachings and I sin.  Help me to stay focused on you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  May I always share your love with others.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.



Written by Sue Hamilton
Director of Music Ministries
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