Monday 8 July, 2019

Genesis 27:1-4

27 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.” “Here I am,” he answered. 2 Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. 3 Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”

Isaac is feeling close to death. He is virtually blind and dependent on others. He asks Esau to prepare him his comfort food as an act of love (see Gen 25:27-28 their special bond was over hunting & food.)

Is that all that’s going on? Perhaps there is a component of testing Esau, that he might receive his father’s blessing, the bestowing of his inheritance? Is Isaac testing Esau’s devotion and love? If so, I imagine these could have evoked feelings of guilt in Esau over his actions recorded in Gen 25:29-34, when he gave away his birthright for a meal. Perhaps Isaac knew about that incident and had reservations about Esau’s worthiness to be his heir? Esau was entitled to his inheritance, but I can’t help but feel he may of had to prove he was worthy of his father’s love and blessing.

If my worth comes from what I do, it is only temporary. If it comes from success, or wealth it is vulnerable and hollow. My worth comes from being a child of God, known by him. It is founded in a relationship with the God who made and sustains everything. I was not worthy of his love and redemption, yet he sealed his love for me at an incredible cost – the death of his own son, Jesus. I don’t have to earn his blessing. All I can do is believe and trust in him.

Dear God, I have no doubt of my worth to you, because you sent Jesus to die for me. There is nothing I can add to that salvation, freely given. Thank you so much, always. Amen.

Written by Claire Moore

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