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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 8 · 1 year ago

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ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional 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. You can 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're going to be in Genesis, Chapter Twenty Five. Are Reading for the day was Genesis Twenty three through twenty six. As many of you know, and some 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 I would 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 a fifty box from the Republic of Texas. It's old currency and I remember one time I was on the Internet searching for some currency and I came across a text has currency that I thought well, that's good, and the price was like 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 in that shape was around two hundred and fifty dollars. So I immediately ordered it and sent it off and got something in the mail and in bottom print on the website, as I went back to look at it later, and said no returns. And I got this currency in the mail and I couldn't wait to open it up and I opened it up and I took it out and then 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 bottom it said these are replicas. I had been scammed. Have you ever been scammed? Ever, just taken advantage of we're going to see that in the text today. I had been scammed. I'd given up so much for so little. And yet that's exactly do that. It's exactly what we do every time we see him. We give up so much for so little. ESAUL did that. He gave up so much for so little. Our reading is in Genesis, Chapter Twenty Five, verses...

...twenty nine through thirty four. I'm going 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 and Isaac had been born and Jacob and Esau had been born to Isaac. But Genesis 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 Nine of Chapter Twenty Five, when Jacob had cooks two. Esau came in from the field and he was famished and he saw said to Jacob, please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished that for his name was called Edam. But Jacob said first sell me your birthright. Esaul said, Bo, I'm about to die. So of what you the end is my birthright to me.

And Jacob said first, swear to me. So he saw swar to him and sold his birth right to Jacob. 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 and rose and went his way. Thus esaul despised his birthright. In this passage we see two lost individuals, Jacob and Esaul. Neither one had come to a place where they had put their faith and trust in the God of their grandfather Abraham. But one of the individuals recognizes the importance of being blessed by God, even though he was lost. Jacob recognized the importance of being blessed by God. The other despises the blessings of God. Esaul was lustful and impetuous. He despised the blessings of God...

...and he desired the pleasures of this world more than the blessings of God. Jacob was deceitful and conniving, and we'll see that as we read the stories of Jacob Throughout scripture here. But at 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 with his own father. Will see that in our coming lessons. But he would soon realize through brokenness, that one doesn't receive the blessings of God through deceit or manipulation. It's interesting, I believes Christian still today strive to gain the blessings of God man's way. Ministers seek to build their ministries through prideful self promotion. 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 bless him. Even if our intentions are good, God cannot bless them. I'll say that again. Even if our intentions are good, God cannot bless him. He may choose at times to bless in spite of our sin, but he never blesses because of it. However, he always, always bless this humble obedience. In the text the lustfully, Saul is tempted to give up something of great worth, his birthright, that which entitled him to a double portion of the father's possession. He would...

...tempted to give up something of great worth for a moment of pleasure granted. He was deceived into thinking he would receive red beefy stew. Instead he got lentil stew, but even the meaty stew is no match for his birthright. Certainly the sentols, the lentils were not. But is it that the way of temptation and sin? Seein promises so much. Temptation promises so much. Oh you'll enjoy this so much if you'll just give into this, and it gives us so very little, or always 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 and Eve when they thought they were going to be able to get so much by eating 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 and he ate. Jacob gave Esaul and he ate. Oh foolish man, old foolish Adam, oh foolish Esaul, oh foolish me, Oh foolish you, when we give in to sin. And yet it is not just the emptiness a sin brings which is highlighted in the text, it is also what was given up. It's not just at sin brings emptiness and death, but we actually exchange the blessings of God, something...

...of great worth, for something of no value. We give up the blessings of God for emptiness. In a real way, this wasn't the greatest scale. In a real way, sin is the greatest scam. It promises so much and delivers nothing. May I remember this text the next time I'm tempted to trade the blessings of God for the emptiness of Sin. It's never worth it. I hope you remember this as well well. Our Reading For Tomorrow Will Be Genesis Chapter Twenty seven through twenty nine, but before we go, I want to pray again for you today. Father, I ask, in Jesus name, that you would just continue 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 the lives of these great patriarchs who live for you and, in some who did. Not only are we learning about their lives, but we're also worrying about growing in our relationship. We ask you to continue to bless US Jesus name. We thank you again for joining us today. Are Reading For Tomorrow Genesis Twenty seven through twenty nine.

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