Thursday, February 13, 2014

Jacob, Esau, and the Birthright

 This is a little devotional thought that I gave during a kid's cooking school at our church this past summer (2013). It is based on the story in found in Genesis 25 & 27 of Jacob's deception and Esau's birthright. Feel free to share this story with the younger members of the family of God.

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30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
(Genesis 25:30-34)
How many of us have said a lie before? How many have cheated on a test? Was it right or wrong? What does God think of lying?
Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are His delight. (Proverbs 12:22)
God hates lies. We must not lie. The word “abomination” means “anything greatly disliked”, “something that is immoral, disgusting, or shameful”.

Why does God feel so strongly against lying? It is because Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). He brought sadness to heaven because he lied to all the angels and cause one-third of them to distrust Jesus. He brought sin and wickedness to this world because he lied to Eve (Genesis 3). And he lies to us today! The enemy tells us that if we cheat on our test, that no one will know. But God knows. The enemy lies and tells us that if we steal a cookie, no one will see. But God says, “Be sure your sins will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

When we listen to the Devil’s lies, we are not trusting Jesus. And when we lie, it reminds Jesus of the awful war in heaven, and we make Him sad (Revelation 12). Jesus hates lying because it is the reason for sin on this earth. We want to only make Jesus happy; so let us only say and hear truth.

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