Morning Encouragement for 5/15/2022

Jacob’s Flight

In Abraham’s closing days of his life, he sent his servant to go back to Haran, which was the clan that he came from, to get a wife for his son Isaac. Under no circumstance was his servant to bring Isaac to Haran. Now, this sounds crazy because we are not told why he was so firm about it. Isaac’s wife Rebekkah would be a “living example” of why Isaac shouldn’t go back to Haran. When Rebekkah became pregnant, she had two nations in her womb with the older serving the younger. Rebekkah wanted to be on the winning side so she favored Jacob which created fights between the sons. We find out how well Jacob learned the trade of “being sneaky” when Esau asks for a bowl of Jacob’s red stew. Jacob used Esau’s hunger to steal his birthright. The incident with the meal served to Isaac and the receiving of his blessing was the powder keg that ignited a war. Rebekkah coerces her husband into sending Jacob back to Harran to her brother Laban. Remember there was no such thing as “G-d’s laws” at this point in history. So it was from events such as these that the law was formed.

Encouragement: Favoritism is a deadly weapon because, it creates fights, divides families, and causes breakdowns in communication. Scripture’s admonition against “playing favorites”, I believe anyway, stems from Rebekkah which makes her the example of “why not …”. You see, scripture is more than a list of “do this, don’t do this”, it is a living example that shows the “why”. When we are delivered from something, we are told “don’t go back to it”. Then we decide to go back to __ under the auspices of “sharing the gospel” only to be sucked back into the old way. When we go back to the old ways, the Devil will not let us go and will drive us deeper into sin until we are trapped. So when we admonish our children to not do ___, they will ask why and only answer we can give them is “trust me”.

Readings:

Genesis 25:19-27, Proverbs 25:2, Deuteronomy 17:18-20, Romans 7:7-9

Father,

You established your law over 3 millennia ago and it is still as viable and live as the day you wrote it. We may think the law is absurd until we are in the Devil’s trap and have no way out just like David. We may try to run away from our problems only to have them follow us and create havoc wherever we go just like Jonah. Please forgive our foolishness and help us to open our eyes and ears to hear, listen, and obey your laws. Our world is on the verge of war all because we would not listen to the ancient laws and therefor we are learning the “hard way”. We may be unable to change our past but we can chart our future in view of the mistakes we have made. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
IHS
MK
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