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Genesis 25:19-28, The Birth of Esau and Jacob

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

“Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided;
— Genesis 25:23

NL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, September 19, 2018


by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff

People divided - sounds familiar to many of us in the United States.
We've spent years having politics divide friends and family - and the last few years have only heightened the division.

What must it be like to have your own children fighting with one another for power?  Jacob and Esau were fighting while they were still inside the womb, much to Rebekah's displeasure.

Rebekah and Isaac make a really human mistake, too - they pick sides.  It's easy to do that, right?  We pick sides every day.  Whether it's a big issue that's politically charged or a silly Facebook poll - we like to take sides and align ourselves with people like us.

I support this candidate/I don't.
I like pinapple on pizza/I find pineapple on pizza disgusting.
Vikings Fan/Packer's Fan

We can sort into camps very easily.  But it can lead to sorrow - and it can make it hard to work together for a brighter future.

While we are all allowed our differing beliefs and opinions, let's find a way that we can work together.  Disagree with kindness, treat others with respect - and love each person as the beloved child of God they are!

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

Genesis 25:19-28

These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. The children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is to be this way, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.” When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents. Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.

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