Bible Study & Devotional Day 12
Scripture Meditation: Matthew 9:2, “And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, Take heart, my son your sins are forgiven.”
🔴 Love Over Deceit
Written By: Torrie Slaughter
I summed up today’s reading with two words: Scandalous-Deceit.
In Genesis 27, we read the continued plot to secure Jacob’s superiority over Esau and become head of their tribe.
Am I acting with divine authority?
That was the question I asked of Rebekah and what we can ask ourselves daily.
Three critical moral & spiritual takeaways occurred in Genesis chapters 25-27. (Study these chapters and list the tension you feel.)
- Division: In Genesis 25:23, the Lord tells Rebekah that two nations fight within her womb, and the elder will serve the younger.
- Selfishness: Esau’s choice of brides causes misery (adversity, distress) within the family. Gen. 26:34-35
- Status: Finally, in Gen:27:13, Rebekah’s covering of Issac and assuming the curse from willful deceit is an act we could argue as ‘good intention.’
Like Sarah, Rebekah was getting ahead of God’s plan. Acting by leaning into her understanding of the older serving the younger could have cost Issac his life. Betrayal kills trust. Fear, division, self-indulgence, and position played a role in these passages.
- Are we acting with divine authority or scandalous deception?
- How are we to measure our deeds?
To avoid scandal and not damage our Christian testimony, we may need to use all our senses. While Issac could not see very well, the voices of Jacob and Esau were distinctly different. Issac wondered (Gen.27:22). Can you trust what you observe? (Gen 27:1) Is the smell familiar? (Gen:27:27) Do the body features fool you? (Gen 27:21)
Jesus said we would know Him by His voice (John 10:27).
Be aware of your motives and listen earnestly for our God. We can break free of anger and hatred (Gen. 27:40), which causes spiritual blindness. We can glorify God through our work when we follow Christ (Matt. 9:9)
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Wednesday, January 12, 2022
This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in and listen to A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional a podcast by Our Given Purpose and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.