Memorable Scripture: Love Hate

Malachi 1:2-3
“Yet Jacob I have loved; But Esau I have hated,”

The story of Esau and Jacob began before their births.
The Lord told Rebekah, “Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.” Gen 25:23
Normally the eldest son gets a double portion of heritage and would take over the family at the death of the father.
Esau, the firstborn, was certainly the favorite of Isaac, while Jacob, the second born twin brother, was the favorite of Rebekah.
When you read the story in Genesis 25 and the following chapters, you get a glimpse of Jacob in a web of deception to take what belongs to his bother. He tricked his dad and attained his brother’s birthright.
However, it was Esau that despised the birthright and all that went with it. It’s not just about the flocks and herds. It’s not about the servants and land.
It was also about a covenant with God.
Esau despised his birthright and traded it away for a bowl of stew.
Meanwhile, Jacob desired the birthright. He wanted to be God’s next chosen individual.
Esau and his people became bitter enemies of Israel and God.

This sounds familiar, even today, as people despise the Covenant with God or accept it.
Like Esau, many want the blessings but not the Godly requirements that go with it.
Others desire the fullness of God through Jesus Christ in their lives.
I am one of those receiving the blessing God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I accepted the blessing of their Descendant through King David – Jesus Christ!

Memorable Scripture: The Law & the Prophets

Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2 Kings 2:11 Continue reading

Memorable Scripture: Make your name mean something good.

And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.” So He called his name Israel. Genesis 35:10

Names have meaning. Continue reading

Memorable Scripture: Burying the past to move forward for the future.

And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.” So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hands, and the earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which was by Shechem. Genesis 35:2-4

When I turned thirteen years old I bagged up all my toys and rid myself of them. Continue reading

Memorable Scripture: You love more than you think!

Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.” Genesis 29:18

Love is a strong force. Continue reading

Memorable Scripture: Despising your birthright – giving it up for a trivial thing.

And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” Gen 25:32

The first-born son had privileges his siblings did not. Continue reading