November 15: The nations

All nations, lands and people belong to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He sets their borders and controls the rise and fall of kings. He is the Father of all the families of the earth. But He does make a distinction between them.

This week we will see God’s unique relationship with Israel (aka Jacob) revealed though the relationship between Isaac’s two sons, Esau and Jacob.

God promised Abraham that He would make nations from Abraham’s descendants and that all the nations of the world would be blessed through those descendants. The blessings would come through Abraham’s unique son, Isaac. But before Isaac was born Abraham took Hagar (the maid of Abraham’s wife Sarah) as a concubine and through her had a son, Ishmael.

In God’s perfect time Isaac, the Son of Promise, was born to Abraham and Sarah. It would be through Isaac that the Messiah would come and fulfill the promise blessing to all nations.

Genesis 21:8-12

So the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned.

And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing. Therefore she said to Abraham, “Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.”  And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham’s sight because of his son.

 But God said to Abraham, “Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.  Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed.”

God would make nations from Ishmael. But these descendants of Ishmael would continue the rivalry and conflict with the descendants of Isaac.

PRAY THAT THE DESCENDANTS OF ESAU WOULD BECOME A BLESSING TO ISRAEL.

Jewish settlers remove the Menorah from the synagogue in the Netzarim settlement, in the Gaza Strip, August 22, 2005. Israeli troops marched unopposed into the Gaza Strip's last Jewish settlement to complete the evacuation of the territory after nearly four decades of occupation.
Jewish settlers remove the Menorah from the synagogue in the Netzarim settlement, in the Gaza Strip, August 22, 2005.
Israeli troops marched unopposed into the Gaza Strip’s last Jewish settlement to complete the evacuation of the territory after nearly four decades of occupation.

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