Day 14, January 14, 2021
Scriptures: Genesis 28-29, Matthew 8
I’ve said in my writing with you that the Gospel is for all. In Matthew 8, we see the faith of the Centurion, a faith not found in Israel.
As we see the story and life of Jacob progress into blessings and many children. We simultaneously hear of a frustrated Esau, who sees the displeasure a Canaanite woman brings his father Isaac, and chooses a Canaanite woman as his bride.
Here heightens the division of nations, the frustrations that will follow for centuries afterward between the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael.
The anger and frustration felt in Esau will continue to be a part of the story. Isaac’s walk with God takes a delightful turn, where he is given a promise that God will be with him and bless him and his offspring. The swindler has somehow found himself in a position of receiving God’s blessings.
And here in Matthew 8, we see an unlikely hero. A centurion soldier, with great faith, advocating for his servant. Somehow, God’s blessing is on the unlikely servant.
There is the call to take up your cross and follow Jesus in Matthew 8. This call to discipleship is of critical importance to us as we walk through the Gospel. Jesus is calling us to give our lives to him and seek the kingdom of God.
Isaac knows about sacrifice and service.
Isaac teaches us that time flies when you are in love. He was willing to do whatever he had to, to be with Rachel. No matter how costly, his desire to be with the one he loved was greater.
I think there is something to be said about loving Jesus, and the joy of serving for the one we love.
Jacob gives his life to service to have the one he loved.
Let’s lay down our life for the One who has loved us from the beginning. We love because he loves us.