Day 27 – January 27, 2021

Genesis 27; Psalm 28; Proverbs 5:20–23; Matthew 18:1–20

Genesis 27

Isaac Blesses Jacob

1 Now it came to pass, when Isaac was old and his eyes were so dim he could not see, that he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.” And he answered him, “Here I am.”

2 Then he said, “Behold now, I am old. I do not know the day of my death.†

3 Now therefore, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.

4 Then make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.”

5 Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to Esau his son; and Esau went to the field to hunt game for his father.

6 So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her younger son, saying, “Indeed, I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying,

7 ‘Bring me game and make savory food for me, that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death.’†

8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to what I command you.

9 Go now to the sheep and bring me from there two kids, choice and good, and I will make savory food from them for your father, such as he loves.

10 Then you shall take it to your father, that he may eat it and bless you before his death.”

11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth-skinned man.

12 Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him; and I shall bring a curse on myself and not a blessing.”

13 But his mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.”

14 So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and his mother made savory food, such as his father loved.

15 Then Rebekah took the choice clothes of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son.

16 She also put the skins of the kids on his hands and on the exposed part of his neck.

17 Then she gave the savory food and the bread she had prepared into the hands of her son Jacob.

18 Thus he went to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”

19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.”

20 But Isaac said to his son, “How is it you have found it so quickly, my son?” He said, “Because the Lord your God brought it to me.”

21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are my son Esau or not.”

22 So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s.”

23 Thus he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him.

24 Then he said, “Are you my son Esau?” He said, “I am.”

25 He said, “Bring your game to me, my son, and I will eat from it, that my soul may bless you.” So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.

26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.”

27 So he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his clothing. Thus he blessed him and said: “Surely, the smell of my son Is like the smell of a field the Lord has blessed. 

28 Therefore, may God give you of the dew of heaven And of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of grain and wine. 

29 Let peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brethren, And let your mother’s sons bow down to you. And cursed be everyone who curses you, And blessed be those who bless you.” 

Esau’s Lost Blessing

30 Now it happened, as soon as Isaac finished blessing Jacob his son, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

31 He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that your soul may bless me.”

32 And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”

33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him—and indeed, he shall be blessed.”

34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!”†

35 But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”

36 Then Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing.” So he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”

37 Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Indeed, I have made him your lord, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?”

38 Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me—me also, O my father!” But when Isaac was troubled, Esau lifted up his voice and wept.

39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him: “Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, And of the dew of heaven from above. 

40 By your sword you shall live, And you shall serve your brother; And it shall come to pass, when you become restless, That you shall break his yoke from your neck.” 

Jacob Sent to Laban

41 Thus Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him; and Esau said in his mind, “Let the days of mourning for my father draw near, then I will kill my brother Jacob.”

42 So the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah, and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, “Surely, your brother Esau is threatening to kill you.

43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee to Mesopotamia to my brother Laban in Haran.

44 And stay with him a few days, until your brother’s anger

45 and wrath turn away from you, and he forgets what you did to him; then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereaved also of you both in one day?”

46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth; if Jacob takes a wife from the daughters of this land, what good will my life be to me?”

Psalms 28

1 A psalm by David; the final day of the Feast of Tabernacles. †Bring to the Lord, O you sons of God, Bring to the Lord the sons of rams; Bring to the Lord glory and honor. 

2 Bring to the Lord the glory due His name; Worship the Lord in His holy court. 

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thundered; The Lord is upon the many waters. 

4 The voice of the Lord is strong; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 

5 The voice of the Lord shatters cedars, And the Lord shall grind to powder the cedars of Lebanon; 

6 And He shall grind them fine like the young bull, and like Lebanon, But His beloved shall be like a son of unicorns. 

7 The voice of the Lord cuts through fiery flames; 

8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert, And the Lord will shake the desert of Kadesh. 

9 The voice of the Lord causes deer to calve, And uncovers the thickets; And in His temple, everyone speaks of His glory. 

10 The Lord shall dwell in the deluge, And the Lord shall sit as King forever. 

11 The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.

Proverbs of Solomon 5

Another Warning

20 Do not be intimate with a strange woman, Neither cling to the embrace of a woman not your own;† 

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of God, And He keeps close watch on all his paths. 

22 Lawless women ensnare a man, But each man is bound by the chains of his own sins. 

23 Such a man dies with the uninstructed And is cast forth from the abundance of his own substance; And he is destroyed by lack of discernment.

Matthew 18

Who Is the Greatest?

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”†

2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,

3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

Scandals and Temptations

6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.†

7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!

8 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.†

9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.

Finding the Lost Sheep

10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.†

11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?†

13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.

14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Discipline in the Church

15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.†

16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 

17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.†

18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.†

19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

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