Daily Devotion for March 19, 2012
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
One of the Gaithers' best songs, "Going Home".
Prayer for the Morning
Oh Lord, most heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; I give you thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by your will, may be righteous in your sight. Through Christ our Lord, I pray.
Prayer for Grace and Strength
Lord God, I pray that you will fill my heart with the blessing of your Holy Spirit. Grant me this day the strength to be temperate in all things, diligent in my duties, and patient under my afflictions. Direct me in all my ways. Give me grace to be just and upright in all my dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all people, according to my abilities and opportunities. For the sake of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Community of Prayer
Heavenly Lord, I know I am not alone saying these prayers or reading your Word this morning, but many people unknown to me, from all stations of life, have joined together in this brief moment of devotion. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
But sin is a reproach to any people.
Genesis 25:24-34 (ESV)
The Story of Isaac  - Jacob and Esau
When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb. The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. And Esau said to Jacob, "Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!" (Therefore his name was called Edom.)
Jacob said, "Sell me your birthright now." Esau said, "I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?" Jacob said, "Swear to me now."
So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Notes on the Scripture
In yesterday's Scripture, it was prophesied that the elder son would serve the younger, and we see the start of it almost immediately. Esau (whose very name means "hairy") is first out of the womb, but Jacob — whose name mean "a person who grabs a heel" or even "a cheater" — has grabbed onto his heel; they are locked in conflict from their inception.
Esau is an adventurer and what we would call an outdoorsman, but his somewhat shy and quiet brother is the opposite. Esau simply is not meant for the life of a leader and cares so little for it, he sells his right to inherit Isaac's goods and position for a plate of lentils. (Although it is called "red stew" here, the King James translation of "pottage" is more accurate.)
Esau is not really on the verge of death when he sells his birthright. He is simply tired and hungry, and exaggerates. He simply cares little for his inheritance, for the life he loves is to roam free in the countryside. The last thing he wants is to be saddled with the responsibilities of running a household, while Jacob has it in his nature to do just that.