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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 8 · 1 year ago

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Hello and welcome to read Your Bibledevotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word.Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. Youcan find a RSS feedling on our website, www dot do very baptist clarksbridgecom.Welcome back. I hope you're enjoying our study through scripture and today we'regoing to be in Genesis, Chapter Twenty Five. Are Reading for the daywas Genesis Twenty three through twenty six. As many of you know, andsome of you may not know, I'm from Texas. I Love Texas,I love the heritage there in Texas and Texans are proud of their heritage,and so I collect coins, I collect...

...currency, and so I decided Iwould one day wont to get some of the Old Republic of Texas currency.I don't know if you can see it way out, but this is afifty box from the Republic of Texas. It's old currency and I remember onetime I was on the Internet searching for some currency and I came across atext has currency that I thought well, that's good, and the price waslike a hundred dollars. Nowhere else that I found a price like that.In fact, the cheapest I had found for that type of currency before inthat shape was around two hundred and fifty dollars. So I immediately ordered itand sent it off and got something in the mail and in bottom print onthe website, as I went back to look at it later, and saidno returns. And I got this currency in the mail and I couldn't waitto open it up and I opened it up and I took it out andthen I noticed the words replica. I...

...thought, what in the world?I paid a hundred dollars for something that I could get for ten dollars.So went back on the website and in small little print at the very bottomit said these are replicas. I had been scammed. Have you ever beenscammed? Ever, just taken advantage of we're going to see that in thetext today. I had been scammed. I'd given up so much for solittle. And yet that's exactly do that. It's exactly what we do every timewe see him. We give up so much for so little. ESAULdid that. He gave up so much for so little. Our reading isin Genesis, Chapter Twenty Five, verses...

...twenty nine through thirty four. I'mgoing to read that for you now genesis three, twenty three through twenty six. It walks us through Sarah's death. Abraham and Sarah have been married andIsaac had been born and Jacob and Esau had been born to Isaac. ButGenesis Twenty three we see Sarah's death, we see Isaac, Mary Rebecca,and now we see in Genesis twenty five. He saw and Jacob Verse Twenty Nineof Chapter Twenty Five, when Jacob had cooks two. Esau came infrom the field and he was famished and he saw said to Jacob, pleaselet me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famishedthat for his name was called Edam. But Jacob said first sell me yourbirthright. Esaul said, Bo, I'm about to die. So of whatyou the end is my birthright to me.

And Jacob said first, swear tome. So he saw swar to him and sold his birth right toJacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and Lentel, stood not read beefy stew. That Esau thought he was going to get and he ate and drink androse and went his way. Thus esaul despised his birthright. In this passagewe see two lost individuals, Jacob and Esaul. Neither one had come toa place where they had put their faith and trust in the God of theirgrandfather Abraham. But one of the individuals recognizes the importance of being blessed byGod, even though he was lost. Jacob recognized the importance of being blessedby God. The other despises the blessings of God. Esaul was lustful andimpetuous. He despised the blessings of God...

...and he desired the pleasures of thisworld more than the blessings of God. Jacob was deceitful and conniving, andwe'll see that as we read the stories of Jacob Throughout scripture here. Butat least he recognize the importance of having God's blessing on its life. Sadly, he would try to gain the blessing of God through deceit and manipulation withhis own father. Will see that in our coming lessons. But he wouldsoon realize through brokenness, that one doesn't receive the blessings of God through deceitor manipulation. It's interesting, I believes Christian still today strive to gain theblessings of God man's way. Ministers seek to build their ministries through prideful selfpromotion. Christian business men and women strive...

...to succeed through deceiving their customers.Christians lie for the greater good. They manipulate for the cause of Christ.Such deception and manipulation cannot be blessed by God, our great God cannot blesshim. Even if our intentions are good, God cannot bless them. I'll saythat again. Even if our intentions are good, God cannot bless him. He may choose at times to bless in spite of our sin, buthe never blesses because of it. However, he always, always bless this humbleobedience. In the text the lustfully, Saul is tempted to give up somethingof great worth, his birthright, that which entitled him to a doubleportion of the father's possession. He would...

...tempted to give up something of greatworth for a moment of pleasure granted. He was deceived into thinking he wouldreceive red beefy stew. Instead he got lentil stew, but even the meatystew is no match for his birthright. Certainly the sentols, the lentils werenot. But is it that the way of temptation and sin? Seein promisesso much. Temptation promises so much. Oh you'll enjoy this so much ifyou'll just give into this, and it gives us so very little, oralways left wanting, always left with an emptiness inside. It never satisfies.It promises satisfaction, but it delivers death.

There is never satisfaction, just emptiness. And this incident is, by the way, reminiscent of Adam andEve when they thought they were going to be able to get so much byeating of that fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,and instead they got death. That's what sin does. Eve gave Adam andhe ate. Jacob gave Esaul and he ate. Oh foolish man, oldfoolish Adam, oh foolish Esaul, oh foolish me, Oh foolish you,when we give in to sin. And yet it is not just the emptinessa sin brings which is highlighted in the text, it is also what wasgiven up. It's not just at sin brings emptiness and death, but weactually exchange the blessings of God, something...

...of great worth, for something ofno value. We give up the blessings of God for emptiness. In areal way, this wasn't the greatest scale. In a real way, sin isthe greatest scam. It promises so much and delivers nothing. May Iremember this text the next time I'm tempted to trade the blessings of God forthe emptiness of Sin. It's never worth it. I hope you remember thisas well well. Our Reading For Tomorrow Will Be Genesis Chapter Twenty seven throughtwenty nine, but before we go, I want to pray again for youtoday. Father, I ask, in Jesus name, that you would justcontinue to grow our hearts and teach us...

...through your word. Thank you.As we go through this book of Genesis, not only are we learning about thelives of these great patriarchs who live for you and, in some whodid. Not only are we learning about their lives, but we're also worryingabout growing in our relationship. We ask you to continue to bless US Jesusname. We thank you again for joining us today. Are Reading For TomorrowGenesis Twenty seven through twenty nine.

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