February 6, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 26

We see in this passage that God is faithful to keep the covenant He established with Isaac’s father Abraham, even after Abraham’s death. Isaac is the heir to the promises God made, and their fulfillment is intimately linked to he and his descendants. God instructs Isaac to stay in Canaan and promises to bless him for doing so. We see that Isaac does obey God and stay in the land. I can’t help but believe that Isaac’s prompt obedience to God stemmed from seeing his father Abraham’s obedience to God throughout his life. We are reminded of Abraham’s obedience in verse 5.

Another interesting similarity between Isaac and his father was the ole “she’s my sister” ruse he tries to pull on Abimelech. Eerily similar to his father who pulled the stunt, not once, but twice! Now, I realize that both instances were prior to Isaac’s birth. But, Isaac would have no doubt learned of his father’s scam at some point and tucked it away in his arsenal if he ever needed to employ it; which he does with near perfection for a long time until he’s found out.

What stood out to me as I studied this passage was the influence a parent has on a child (in this case, a father over his son). I’m sure this struck me so hard because I am now the daddy of two children and I desire so greatly to be a Godly father to them. Abraham’s model of obedience was caught by his son and lived out; but we also see some of his mistakes replicated by his son as well. Certainly, none of us will ever be perfect parents. However, we must be aware that our children are always watching, listening, and being influenced by the way we live our lives, whether we realize it or not.

A couple of thoughts to leave you with today: Are you living your life in such a way that points your children to Christ? Spend some time praying for your kids today, repenting of sins that have influenced them in a negative way, and asking God to make you more like him as you parent. If you aren’t a parent: Are you living your life in such a way that points those you have influence over to Christ? Spend some time praying for this today.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the passage as well.

By: Matt Mofield

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

4 thoughts on “February 6, 2016”

  1. v.5) I will do this because Abraham listened to me and obeyed all my requirements, commands, decrees, and instructions.”

    This verse really spoke to me today. Especially the passage “obeyed all my requirements, commands, decrees, and instructions.” If you’ve been reading Genesis up until this point you know that Abraham made plenty of mistakes and even obeyed his wife Sarai rather than God by sleeping with Hagar and having a first-born son, Ishmael, who would NOT be the instrument of God’s promise to His chosen people. Yet scripture says Abraham “obeyed.” Although Abraham was far from perfect, he was righteous in the eyes of God and repented of his sins.

    Like Abraham, we are prone to sin and going our own way at times. God can, and does, work through us when we repent of sin and pursue Him with a sincere heart. I am grateful for a God who forgives my foolish mistakes, repeated sins, selfishness, etc. and still allows me to participate in His plan by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are made righteous in His eyes by the blood of Christ. Hallelujah!

    Thanks for the commentary today, Matt! I will pray for you as you strive to follow the Lord and set a good example for your children.

  2. Great reminder about how much influence we have on our kids! I’m convicted about my lack of awareness of this. But at the same time, SO encourage to see how God remains faithful according to His promises. Thanks for good word, Matt.

  3. When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. – Proverbs 16:7

    Dearest daughters and sons,

    Because you and I are sinners, there’s a good chance that we will remember frequently the sins of our past more often than we will remember our good conduct. Maybe you don’t mean to, and you don’t want to, and it may be sinful to dwell on them — and yet our memory recalls them so. This too, you must fight.

    But the battle will not be won by recalling your righteous acts, or journaling your acts of mercy, though this may be commendable. The way the Lord saves can be rightly seen as the way the Lord Keeps and protects. And so this is the way: Reflect long on the grace of God. Look for it and you shall find it.

    He commends Abraham’s good character (v.5), and reminds us that his promises are everlasting (v.4). Notice that even the greatest sin of man cannot alter the heart and plan of our Lord, but instead magnify it, and become a teaching instrument of His love and grace: with the decree of the king for protection (v.11), and with the promise of peace during a hostile famine (v. 26-29).

    Thank you for Jumpstart today!

  4. I actually had this thought running through my head of how disobedience can be passed down through generations also. It interesting how it can be more immediate (like with Abraham and Isaac) or later down the line like when God had commanded Saul to kill all the Amalakites and then the effect of that still reigned true with Esther and Haman. Obviously, this is not to be a guilt trip, but also to help us understand the consequences of our actions and also a reminder of how God can create beautiful results from something not quite so.

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