WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
.......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main
Getting to know God together.
SOWING AND REAPING.
We have strawberries growing in our yard. They are getting some really nice fruit on them at the moment. I know that if I plant strawberry runners, then I will have strawberries on my plants one day. It would be awful if I didn’t know what kind of fruit would grow on the plant, wouldn’t it. It strawberry runners grew garlic one year, and tomatoes the next, and strawberries some of the time. NO, what you plant you reap. It is even like that with tiny little seeds. If I put tomato seeds in the ground, I will get tomatoes on the plants that grow - not pumpkins! “Reap” means to take fruit or grain or veges off the plants.
The Bible says this,
When Jacob was a teenager he wanted to have something so very much, he would have done almost anything to get it. It was called “a birth-right.” Jacob’s brother had the “birth-right” because it generally went to the eldest son. Esau was older than Jacob, but not by much, for they were twins. The Bible says that Jacob was a “supplanter,” a boy who followed on the heels of another. Have a look at Hosea 12:3 in your Bible (in the Old Testament). He had his brother by the heel even before he was born! That “birth-right” Jacob wanted so badly meant that Esau would get double of his father’s property, and other benefits as well. Esau would be the priest o f the family too. Jacob didn’t like any of it!
Ol’ schemer Jacob planned and
thought and waited for his chance.
One day, he had his opportunity. Esau had been working very hard all day, out in the open. He was so tired. He hadn’t had a bite to eat for ages, and he was starving!
He staggered up and asked Jacob to fix him some food. Ah, thought Jacob! So he said he would if Esau would give him his birth-right in exchange. “Swear the birth-right over to me, and I will fix you a meal.”
Surely Esau wouldn’t be such a fool as to give his family in-heri-tance for some food? Well, he did! He was too tired to care, and just promised away all the property and goods his father would have given him. What a mean trick by Jacob. Tomorrow we will see how Jacob “sowed” bad deeds, and he “reaped” bad things back!
EXTRAS FOR TEENS AND BETWEENS
“...and behold there were
twins in her (Rebekah’s) womb.
And the first came out red,
all over like a hairy garment;
and they called his name Esau.
And after that came his brother out,
and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel:
and his name was called Jacob...” (Genesis 25:24-26).