Explore the Bible Lesson for December 2: The Deceiver
November 16 2018 by Casey Short, pastor, Reddicks Grove Baptist Church, Williamston

Focal Passage: Genesis 27:18-29
My wife and I allot a certain amount of time each day for our children to watch TV. We also try to bless each child with the privilege of choosing which program to watch. My son, however, is the master manipulator over his sister. He has figured out which of his programs she finds tolerable, so even when it is her turn to choose he will trick her into watching what he wants.
We have promised him a blessing, but instead of waiting for that blessing he steals it. Sound familiar?
In Genesis 25, God prophesizes a blessing for Jacob, the younger of twin brothers. Little do we know at this point how that blessing will come about. First, Jacob tricks Esau out of his birthright. Then, Rebekah and Isaac connive to steal the blessing. And if you think Isaac and Esau are innocent, think again. Isaac is well-prepared to bless the wrong son even though he knows God has promised to bless Jacob. Esau despises his birthright for a bowl of stew. Yet all the while, God’s sovereign hand is in control in spite of the sinful actions of His creatures.
Romans 9:8-13 teaches us God had chosen Jacob prior to his birth and without regard to either brother’s sin or righteousness. As you can see in the passage, no one deserves the blessing. But God is gracious. His sovereign plan of redemption through Abraham’s seed pressed on.
There is a right way to enjoy God’s blessings, and it isn’t through deception or personal favoritism. We honor God by walking in love and integrity no matter the consequences. As we walk, we trust in the sovereignty of God to accomplish His good purposes in us and through us.
Romans 8:28 says God is working all things for His glory and our good. And when we fail, we can rest in the promise of I John 1:9. He is faithful and just to forgive.

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