January 10

Genesis 25, 26

In our reading today we have Abraham remarrying after Sarah’s death. Abraham at this time was at least 140. The woman’s name was Keturah, and together they had six sons (Genesis 25:1-4). The recreative miracle that rejuvenated Abraham’s reproductive issues necessary for Isaac to be conceived over 40 years previous (Romans 4:17-21), continued. Though his death is recorded earlier  in the chapter he lived until Jacob and Esau were fifteen. When Rebekah conceived her pregnancy was a difficult one and when she prayed to the Lord about it He told her that “… two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger (Genesis 25:23). As the children were born Esau was born first and Jacob who had his brother’s heel came out second (Genesis 25:26).Though they were twins they were very different and each took a separate path. Esau became a hunter while Jacob became a farmer. Isaac preferred Esau and Rebekah favored Jacob (Genesis 25:28). While Jacob desired the birthright Esau didn’t and the time came where Jacob convinced Esau to sell it to him. Chapter 25 ends with the words, “Esau despised his birthright”. The Hebrew word for despised means, “to disesteem: despise, disdain, think to scorn, vile person. It means to regard with contempt”. Esau was not a spiritual individual, he looked with contempt upon spiritual things . At the end of the next chapter Esau marries two Hittite women which caused grief to his parents (Genesis 26:34, 35). The last instance we hear of Esau is in Hebrews where it describes him as a “fornicator and a profane person” who sold his birthright, a very coveted spiritual and material blessing for a simple meal. He thought that little of it. Saints, lets not follow Esau’s example, but instead seek after the Father God the giver of every good and perfect gift. Because of the new birth we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ Romans 8:17. Praise God the birthright is ours because of Jesus.    

 

Matthew 8:1-17

In our reading today we have partial fulfillment of a great Messianic prophecy. Matthew 8:16, 17  “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” This passage in Matthew is a citation from Isaiah 53 the great Messianic prophetic utterance concerning Christ. Isaiah 53:4-6  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” In another companion verse in 1 Peter 2:24 Peter writes: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Saints, when Jesus bore my sins on the cross he also bore my sicknesses and diseases. It could not be said any plainer, any clearer. Healing is part of the New Covenant just as much as the Mosaic Covenant. 

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