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Take Up Your Cross February 6th 2015

Do you desire your own way; or the way of God?

And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die. (Genesis 27:1-4 KJV)

Savory meat appealed to Isaac’s flesh.  It has often been said it is the way to a man’s heart through his stomach.  Isaac summoned Esau for him to go hunting in the field to bring back venison for a pleasing meal for him.  Isaac also had plans to bless Esau with the family birthright.  Isaac was growing old in years and his eyesight was failing him and he reasoned he did not have many years left to live and desired to bless Esau his first born son before his end of came upon him.

Esau did as his father requested and headed out to the field to hunt meat pleasing to his father.  Rebecca had been standing nearby and had heard the request Isaac had given Esau.  Rebecca had alternate plans for Isaac’s blessing.  She desired that her favorite of the two sons, Jacob receive the blessing from Isaac.

A plan is thrown together led by Rebecca so that Jacob would receive the blessing from Isaac instead of Esau who as first born was rightfully in line for the blessing.

takeupyourcrossredocmclearHow often do we scheme and make plans to get our own way?  Man’s plans are built around our current state of affairs and unreliable emotions: God’s ways are perfect and far beyond human understanding this side of heaven.

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