Powered by 4 - April 6, 2017

Family Matters

Today's reading: Genesis 27:1-46; James 2:1; Proverbs 28:21

Because the story captured in Genesis 27 is such a rich one, we're going to spend one more day there, this time focusing on family matters and relationships. There are no perfect people, which means that every family will have relationship difficulties from time to time. But what we see taking place between Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau in Genesis 27 goes well beyond everyday difficulties, to full-blown dysfunction. Isaac and Rebekah were not on the same page regarding their sons, and specifically what would take place in their futures. Isaac favored Esau, and Jacob was clearly Rebekah's favorite. And the disunity between parents was evident and filtered down to the two brothers, so much so that their relationship was unhealthy and adversarial.

What stood out to you about family and relationships from this account and why? What does Genesis 27 reveal about the dangers and consequences of playing favorites and treating people differently, especially within family circles? What helps you resist the urge to show partiality between your children, employees or co-workers, extended family members, friends and/or church members? Tami

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