Daily Bible Reading Day 25: Genesis 26/Matthew 25
There was a famine in the land. Isaac went to talk to Abimelech the King of the Philistines in the city of Gerar. Isaac felt he should move to Egypt, but God instructed him to stay where he was told, in Gerar.
Isaac felt Rebekah would be taken from him to become someone else’s wife. He lied that she was his sister. (Where did he learn that from? Hmmm…) Abimelech knew that she was his wife and told him not to lie. Abraham did this with Sarah. As parents, we should live righteously, then our children will see that example.
God kept His promise and blessed Isaac. The Philistine’s were jealous of Isaac. They decided to plug the water wells. Access to water was life or death. If someone did that to you in that time, a war could break out. Isaac kept the peace. He would move on to try to find another open area in the land to have water access. Isaac gave up what was rightfully his, to keep the peace. Many times we have to sacrifice things to keep the peace. But there is a time to stand up and fight for it. Thankfully the Philistines did not continue to plug up anymore wells and ceased their fight against Isaac. Isaac made this an opportunity to celebrate and had a feast.
Esau, one of the twins of Isaac and Rebekah, he married two Pagan women. This greatly upset Isaac and Rebekah. When we are single and we have dedicated parents, we should come to them for advice and guidance. If he confided in them, they would have suggested or found him a wife.
Jesus told another parable for his return. We will never know the day or time, but we must be spiritually ready. We must also be responsible for our own spiritual readiness.
Jesus told a parable about borrowed money. One hid away the money, the other two invested it. The two who invested the money, brought back the original money plus more back to their master. The other one brought back the original amount. The master was very upset with the one who did nothing with the money. The money represents our duty to use our spiritual gifts to bring others to Christ or help one another. We must use what God has given us and God will reward us.
Our hearts must be ready for Christ’s return. We can be prepared or live complacent lives. God will separate the obedient from the unbelievers.
We need to love one another and serve those in need. This glorifies the Kingdom of God. Jesus is saving us from eternal punishment.