When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could not see, he called his older son Esau and said to him, “My son.” And he answered, “Here I am.” He said, “Look, I am old and do not know the day of my death.
…Then make me a delicious meal that I love and bring it to me to eat, so that I can bless you before I die.”
…Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Listen! I heard your father talking with your brother Esau. He said, Go to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, and I will make them into a delicious meal for your father — the kind he loves. Then take it to your father to eat so that he may bless you before he dies.” Jacob answered Rebekah his mother, “Look, my brother Esau is a hairy man, but I am a man with smooth skin. Suppose my father touches me. Then I will be revealed to him as a deceiver and bring a curse rather than a blessing on myself.” His mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son. Just obey me and go get them for me.”
Genesis 27:1-2, 4, 6, 9-13 HCSB
Father may I always honor my human father and mother as You command. I pray to right any wrong that I have committed, and that I pull myself out of situations where I would ever pit them against each other, cause conflict, or any discomfort. In Jesus’ name and in Isaac’s memory, I pray. Amen.
Don’t allow yourself to be manipulated into deceiving family, even by family. God said honor your father and mother, not honor one and betray the other.
We all have been and will continue to be tested to see how loyal we are to our human family and our spiritual family. How will you measure up from this day forward?
Questions of the Day
1. How loyal have you been to your family since birth?
2. Can you recall some of the times when you have intentionally or naively betrayed one or more family members? What happened and how did you feel during and after your betrayal?
3. Have you ever been manipulated by a family member to betray another family member? Describe what happened.
4. What do you think is the best strategy to avoid taking part in betraying another person?
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