Genesis 27:19-34

Think of a time when words impacted you deeply.
Is there someone in your life whose words carry more weight than others?
Are there words you have spoken that you wish you could take back? How can you forgive yourself?
In order to live out your true identity, what steps can you take to share your weaknesses, struggles, and flaws?

19 Jacob said to his father“I am Esauyour firstbornI’ve done as you told meNow sit up and eat some of my wild game so that you can bless me.” 20 But Isaac asked his son“How in the world did you find it so quicklymy son?” “Because the Lord your God brought it to me,” he replied. 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob“Come closer so I can touch you, my sonand know for certain if you really are my son Esau.” 22 So Jacob went over to his father Isaacwho felt him and said“The voice is Jacob’sbut the hands are Esau’s.” 23 He did not recognize him because his hands were hairylike his brother Esau’s handsSo Isaac blessed Jacob. 24 Then he asked“Are you really my son Esau?” “I am,” Jacob replied. 25 Isaac said“Bring some of the wild game for me to eatmy sonThen I will bless you.” So Jacob brought it to him, and he ate it. He also brought him wineand Isaac drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here and kiss me, my son.” 27 So Jacob went over and kissed him. When Isaac caught the scent of his clothinghe blessed him, saying,

Yesmy son smells

like the scent of an open field

which the Lord has blessed.

28 May God give you

the dew of the sky

and the richness of the earth,

and plenty of grain and new wine.

29 May peoples serve you

and nations bow down to you.

You will be lord over your brothers,

and the sons of your mother will bow down to you.

May those who curse you be cursed,

and those who bless you be blessed.”

30 Isaac had just finished blessing Jacoband Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presencewhen his brother Esau returned from the hunt. 31 He also prepared some tasty food and brought it to his fatherEsau said to him, “My fatherget up and eat some of your son’s wild gameThen you can bless me.” 32 His father Isaac asked, “Who are you?” “I am your firstborn son,” he replied“Esau! 33 Isaac began to shake violently and asked“Then who else hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it just beforeyou arrivedand I blessed him. He will indeed be blessed!

34 When Esau heard his father’s wordshe wailed loudly and bitterlyHe said to his father“Bless me toomy father!

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Genesis 27:19-34

Think of a time when words impacted you deeply.
Is there someone in your life whose words carry more weight than others?
Are there words you have spoken that you wish you could take back? How can you forgive yourself?
In order to live out your true identity, what steps can you take to share your weaknesses, struggles, and flaws?

19 Jacob said to his father“I am Esauyour firstbornI’ve done as you told meNow sit up and eat some of my wild game so that you can bless me.” 20 But Isaac asked his son“How in the world did you find it so quicklymy son?” “Because the Lord your God brought it to me,” he replied. 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob“Come closer so I can touch you, my sonand know for certain if you really are my son Esau.” 22 So Jacob went over to his father Isaacwho felt him and said“The voice is Jacob’sbut the hands are Esau’s.” 23 He did not recognize him because his hands were hairylike his brother Esau’s handsSo Isaac blessed Jacob. 24 Then he asked“Are you really my son Esau?” “I am,” Jacob replied. 25 Isaac said“Bring some of the wild game for me to eatmy sonThen I will bless you.” So Jacob brought it to him, and he ate it. He also brought him wineand Isaac drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here and kiss me, my son.” 27 So Jacob went over and kissed him. When Isaac caught the scent of his clothinghe blessed him, saying,

Yesmy son smells

like the scent of an open field

which the Lord has blessed.

28 May God give you

the dew of the sky

and the richness of the earth,

and plenty of grain and new wine.

29 May peoples serve you

and nations bow down to you.

You will be lord over your brothers,

and the sons of your mother will bow down to you.

May those who curse you be cursed,

and those who bless you be blessed.”

30 Isaac had just finished blessing Jacoband Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presencewhen his brother Esau returned from the hunt. 31 He also prepared some tasty food and brought it to his fatherEsau said to him, “My fatherget up and eat some of your son’s wild gameThen you can bless me.” 32 His father Isaac asked, “Who are you?” “I am your firstborn son,” he replied“Esau! 33 Isaac began to shake violently and asked“Then who else hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it just beforeyou arrivedand I blessed him. He will indeed be blessed!

34 When Esau heard his father’s wordshe wailed loudly and bitterlyHe said to his father“Bless me toomy father!

Genesis 25:19-34

Where in this passage do you see INVITING people into conversation about the Lord?

Where in this passage do you see UNEXPECTED JOY?

Where in this passage do you see DESPERATE DEPENDENCE?

Where in this passage do you see taking a RISK for the Lord?

Jacob and Esau

19 This is the account of Isaac, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac. 20 When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekahbecame pregnant. 22 But the children struggled inside her, and she said, “If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” So she asked the Lord, 23 and the Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,

and two peoples will be separated from within you.

One people will be stronger than the other,

and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for Rebekah to give birth, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came out reddish all over, like a hairygarment, so they named him Esau. 26 When his brother came out with his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob. Isaacwas sixty years old when they were born.

27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled hunter, a man of the open fields, but Jacob was an even-tempered man, living in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Now Jacob cooked some stew, and when Esau came in from the open fields, he was famished. 30 So Esau said to Jacob, “Feedme some of the red stuff – yes, this red stuff – because I’m starving!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)

31 But Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me? 33But Jacob said, “Swear an oath to me now.” So Esau swore an oath to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew; Esau ate and drank, then got up and went out. So Esau despised his birthright.

Genesis 25:12-18

Where in this passage do you see INVITING people into conversation about the Lord?

Where in this passage do you see UNEXPECTED JOY?

Where in this passage do you see DESPERATE DEPENDENCE?

Where in this passage do you see taking a RISK for the Lord?

The Sons of Ishmael

12 This is the account of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to Abraham.

13 These are the names of Ishmael’s sons, by their names according to their records: Nebaioth (Ishmael’s firstborn), Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and theseare their names by their settlements and their camps – twelve princes according to their clans.

17 Ishmael lived a total of 137 years. He breathed his last and died; then he joined his ancestors. 18 His descendants settled from Havilah to Shur, which runs next to Egypt all the way to Asshur. They settled away from all their relatives.

Genesis 24:1 – 25:11

Where in this passage do you see INVITING people into conversation about the Lord?

Where in this passage do you see UNEXPECTED JOY?

Where in this passage do you see DESPERATE DEPENDENCE?

Where in this passage do you see taking a RISK for the Lord?

The Wife for Isaac

24:1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years, and the Lord had blessed him in everything. 2 Abraham said to his servant, the senior one in his household who was in charge of everything he had, “Put your hand under my thigh 3 so that I may make you solemnly promise by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth: You must not acquire a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living. 4 You must go instead to my country and to my relatives to find a wife for my son Isaac.”

5 The servant asked him, “What if the woman is not willing to come back with me to this land? Must I then take your son back tothe land from which you came?

6Be careful never to take my son back there!” Abraham told him. 7 The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’shouse and the land of my relatives, promised me with a solemn oath, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ He will send his angel before you so that you may find a wife for my son from there. 8 But if the woman is not willing to come back with you, you will be free from this oath of mine. But you must not take my son back there! 9 So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and gave his solemn promise he would carry out his wishes.

10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed with all kinds of gifts from his master at his disposal. He journeyed to the region of Aram Naharaim and the city of Nahor. 11 He made the camels kneel down by the well outside the city. It was evening, the time when the women would go out to draw water. 12 He prayed, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, guide metoday. Be faithful to my master Abraham. 13 Here I am, standing by the spring, and the daughters of the people who live in the town are coming out to draw water. 14 I will say to a young woman, ‘Please lower your jar so I may drink.’ May the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac reply, ‘Drink, and I’ll give your camels water too.’ In this way I will know that you have been faithful to my master.”

15 Before he had finished praying, there came Rebekah with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel sonof Milcah (Milcah was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor). 16 Now the young woman was very beautiful. She was a virgin; noman had ever had sexual relations with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came back up. 17 Abraham’s servantran to meet her and said, “Please give me a sip of water from your jug.” 18 Drink, my lord,” she replied, and quickly lowering her jugto her hands, she gave him a drink. 19 When she had done so, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have drunk as much as they want.” 20 She quickly emptied her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw more water until she had drawn enough for all his camels. 21 Silently the man watched her with interest to determine if the Lord had made his journeysuccessful or not.

22 After the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing tenshekels and gave them to her. 23 Whose daughter are you?” he asked. “Tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?

24 She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom Milcah bore to Nahor. 25 We have plenty of straw and feed,” she added, “and room for you to spend the night.”

26 The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord, 27 saying “Praised be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has notabandoned his faithful love for my master! The Lord has led me to the house of my master’s relatives!

28 The young woman ran and told her mother’s household all about these things. 29 (Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban.) Laban rushed out to meet the man at the spring. 30 When he saw the bracelets on his sister’s wrists and the nose ring and heardhis sister Rebekah say, “This is what the man said to me,” he went out to meet the man. There he was, standing by the camels near the spring. 31 Laban said to him, “Come, you who are blessed by the Lord! Why are you standing out here when I have preparedthe house and a place for the camels?

32 So Abraham’s servant went to the house and unloaded the camels. Straw and feed were given to the camels, and water was provided so that he and the men who were with him could wash their feet. 33 When food was served, he said, “I will not eat until I have said what I want to say.” “Tell us,” Laban said.

34I am the servant of Abraham,” he began. 35 The Lord has richly blessed my master and he has become very wealthy. The Lord has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys. 36 My master’s wife Sarah borea son to him when she was old, and my master has given him everything he owns. 37 My master made me swear an oath. He said, ‘You must not acquire a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, 38 but you must go to the family of my father and to my relatives to find a wife for my son.’ 39 But I said to my master, ‘What if the woman does not want to go with me?’ 40 He answered, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you. He will make your journey a success and you will find a wife for my son from among my relatives, from my father’s family. 41 You will be free from your oath ifyou go to my relatives and they will not give her to you. Then you will be free from your oath.’ 42 When I came to the spring today, I prayed, ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you have decided to make my journey successful, may events unfold as follows: 43Here I am, standing by the spring. When the young woman goes out to draw water, I’ll say, “Give me a little water to drink from your jug.” 44 Then she will reply to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too.” May that woman be the one whom the Lordhas chosen for my master’s son.’

45Before I finished praying in my heart, along came Rebekah with her water jug on her shoulder! She went down to the springand drew water. So I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ 46 She quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’llgive your camels water too.’ So I drank, and she also gave the camels water. 47 Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She replied, ‘The daughter of Bethuel the son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to Nahor.’ I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her wrists. 48 Then I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right path to find the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. 49 Now, if you will show faithful love to my master, tell me. But if not, tell me as well, so that I may go on my way.”

50 Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “This is the Lord’s doing. Our wishes are of no concern. 51 Rebekah stands here before you. Take her and go so that she may become the wife of your master’s son, just as the Lord has decided.”

52 When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed down to the ground before the Lord. 53 Then he brought out gold, silverjewelry, and clothing and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave valuable gifts to her brother and to her mother. 54 After this, he and the men who were with him ate a meal and stayed there overnight.

When they got up in the morning, he said, “Let me leave now so I can return to my master.” 55 But Rebekah’s brother and her mother replied, “Let the girl stay with us a few more days, perhaps ten. Then she can go.” 56 But he said to them, “Don’t detain me – the Lord has granted me success on my journey. Let me leave now so I may return to my master.” 57 Then they said, “We’ll call the girl and find out what she wants to do.” 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Do you want to go with this man?” She replied, “I want to go.”

59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, accompanied by her female attendant, with Abraham’s servant and his men. 60They blessed Rebekah with these words:

“Our sister, may you become the mother of thousands of ten thousands!

May your descendants possess the strongholds of their enemies.”

61 Then Rebekah and her female servants mounted the camels and rode away with the man. So Abraham’s servant took Rebekahand left.

62 Now Isaac came from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63 He went out to relax in the field in the early evening.Then he looked up and saw that there were camels approaching. 64 Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked Abraham’s servant, “Who is that man walking in the field toward us?” “That is my master,” the servant replied.So she took her veil and covered herself.

66 The servant told Isaac everything that had happened. 67 Then Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took her as his wife and loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

The Death of Abraham

25:1 Abraham had taken another wife, named Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 3Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan. The descendants of Dedan were the Asshurites, Letushites, and Leummites. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

5 Everything he owned Abraham left to his son Isaac. 6 But while he was still alive, Abraham gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them off to the east, away from his son Isaac.

7 Abraham lived a total of 175 years. 8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man who had lived a full life. He joined his ancestors. 9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephronthe son of Zohar, the Hethite. 10 This was the field Abraham had purchased from the sons of Heth. There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac. Isaac lived near Beer Lahai Roi.

Genesis 23

Where in this passage do you see INVITING people into conversation about the Lord?

Where in this passage do you see UNEXPECTED JOY?

Where in this passage do you see DESPERATE DEPENDENCE?

Where in this passage do you see taking a RISK for the Lord?

The Death of Sarah

Sarah lived 127 years. 2 Then she died in Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.

3 Then Abraham got up from mourning his dead wife and said to the sons of Heth, 4 I am a temporary settler among you. Grantme ownership of a burial site among you so that I may bury my dead.”

5 The sons of Heth answered Abraham, 6 Listen, sir, you are a mighty prince among us! You may bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb to prevent you from burying your dead.”

7 Abraham got up and bowed down to the local people, the sons of Heth. 8 Then he said to them, “If you agree that I may bury my dead, then hear me out. Ask Ephron the son of Zohar 9 if he will sell me the cave of Machpelah that belongs to him; it is at the endof his field. Let him sell it to me publicly for the full price, so that I may own it as a burial site.”

10 (Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth.) Ephron the Hethite replied to Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth – before all who entered the gate of his city 11 No, my lord! Hear me out. I sell you both the field and the cave that is in it. In the presence of my people I sell it to you. Bury your dead.”

12 Abraham bowed before the local people 13 and said to Ephron in their hearing, “Hear me, if you will. I pay to you the price of the field. Take it from me so that I may bury my dead there.”

14 Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, 15 Hear me, my lord. The land is worth 400 pieces of silver, but what is thatbetween me and you? So bury your dead.”

16 So Abraham agreed to Ephron’s price and weighed out for him the price that Ephron had quoted in the hearing of the sons of Heth – 400 pieces of silver, according to the standard measurement at the time.

17 So Abraham secured Ephron’s field in Machpelah, next to Mamre, including the field, the cave that was in it, and all the treesthat were in the field and all around its border, 18 as his property in the presence of the sons of Heth before all who entered the gate of Ephron’s city.

19 After this Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah next to Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 So Abraham secured the field and the cave that was in it as a burial site from the sons of Heth.

Genesis 25:19-34

We all grasp for something; can you identify your yearnings?
What do you need most: encouragement, freedom, or sensitivity?
Do you believe that God is in all part of your story? The messy and the clean?
What ways are you trying to be self-sufficient rather than dependent on God?
How are you trying to short cut the process of gaining a blessing rather than God working over a period of time?

Jacob and Esau

19 This is the account of Isaacthe son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac. 20 When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekahthe daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childlessThe Lord answered his prayerand his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 But the children struggled inside herand she said“If it is going to be like thisI’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” So she asked the Lord, 23 and the Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,

and two peoples will be separated from within you.

One people will be stronger than the other,

and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for Rebekah to give birththere were twins in her womb25 The first came out reddish all over, like a hairy garmentso they named him Esau. 26 When his brother came out with his hand clutching Esau’s heelthey named him JacobIsaac was sixty years old when they were born.

27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled huntera man of the open fieldsbut Jacob was an even-tempered manliving in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh gamebut Rebekah lovedJacob.

29 Now Jacob cooked some stewand when Esau came in from the open fieldshe was famished. 30 So Esausaid to Jacob“Feed me some of the red stuff – yes, this red stuff – because I’m starving!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)

31 But Jacob replied“First sell me your birthright.” 32 Look,” said Esau“I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me? 33 But Jacob said“Swear an oath to me now.” So Esau swore an oath to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stewEsau ate and drankthen got up and went out. So Esau despised his birthright.