We want to learn "About Jesus" and one of the things we want to learn in these devotionals is what is important to Jesus. What are we told about the persons, places and things that Jesus loves and cares for? In this edition, we see that Jesus loves the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and cares about the Promised Land of Israel.
Also Reference: Genesis 12:7, Genesis 13:15-17, Genesis 21:12, Genesis 28:4, Deuteronomy 11:12 (with mention of Revelation 19, Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:30-33 and Romans 11:25-27)
Matthew 8:1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
In our study, we perform an overview with some specific comments and comparing Scripture with Scripture in this final stand made by Stephen as he makes the case against the leaders of Israel throughout the history of that nation right up to the time of Christ and the Apostles.
Also Reference: Genesis 12:1-4, Exodus 12:40
Jesus is the Lord of the Covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob whom He renamed Israel and produced the Twelve Tribes of the Nation of Israel. We discuss the absurdity of "Christian Antisemitism" and anti-Israel sentiment among professing Christians, with an eye toward the future when the King of Israel rules the world!
Also Reference: Genesis 15, Genesis 17, John 1:49, John 12:13, John 19:21, Luke 1:32
God will often mercifully restrict the amount of negative consequences we experience when we have made foolish or even sinful choices. At the same time, just because we haven't yet experienced any negative consequences from a foolish or sinful choice, we are unwise to think that such consequences won't come. They often do, and they may last much longer than we think they will, perhaps even for the rest of our lives.
Jacob experienced a great period of joy and prosperity working for his uncle Laban toward marrying Rachel. Then his uncle's deception shattered those peaceful, joyful times, and truly left Jacob with consequences--stored up from his own deception of his brother and father--that would last him the rest of his life.
Additionally, Jacob, like his forefathers before him, and like many of the nation of Israel after him, was working for the peace and prosperity of the family and land where he was placed.
We too are called to work for the peace and prosperity of the land where we are placed, even though, like so many of the faithful, we are longing for a better country, a heavenly one.
This week we complete our study on Edom (Esau) by looking at Esau and his non-relationship with God (in fact Hebrews says he was "void of God"). Can you imagine a prophet writing of you, "...but (you) I have hated"? Nevertheless, this is what Malachi quoted God, not the prophet, as saying about Esau! Perhaps you always viewed Jacob as the deceiver, but in truth the Bible teaches a much different lesson which we share in this week's installment.
There is no more misunderstood section of Scripture than that about Jacob and Esau. This is part one of that discourse (we will finish the discussion next week), but suffice to say, I teach from a totally different perspective than just about everyone. This is important because Jacob and Esau are everything you want to be (Jacob) versus everything you do not want to be (Esau).