Jacob & the Blessing — Jacob deceiving others & being deceived by others (sowing & reaping)
Reading 1: Genesis 27
Reading 2: Genesis 29:21-25
Reading 3: Galatians 6:7-8
Another familiar story today brings us a very important principle – what you sow, you reap! Remember we have been tracing the flow of God’s blessing from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob (with Esau showing sinful disregard for God’s purpose). Today we overlay the principle of sowing and reaping on that flow of generational blessing. First Jacob completes the deception he started in our readings earlier, and takes the birthright from Esau. Then this sowing of deception is reaped while Jacob is exiled in Haran – his uncle Laban deceives him over his bride Rachel, giving him her plainer sister Leah instead.
This principle of sowing and reaping is not a contradiction to God’s purpose to bless us from generation to generation. Although reaping can often steal or divert God’s blessings from us, this results from disobedience to God’s principles. If we follow God’s revealed plans we will sow in obedience and reap the blessings God has planned.
Have a great day!