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Sunday's reading moves along in the biblical narrative to Isaac's son Jacob...... the ankle-grabbing cheat...... and the story of how he cheated his brother out his father's blessing. The reading also includes Jacob's dream of a ladder reaching up to heaven. It's an amazing story of how God is at work through means we'd never imagine, and in places where we never recognize God's presence.

As I read this narrative, I'm always amazed at the dysfunction in Isaac's family. And what amazes me even more is that God works through this highly dysfunctional family to bless the world!

Blessings as you ponder the Scripture Between Sundays,

Pastor Gary A. Bunge

St Stephen Lutheran Church

Sunday's Scripture Reading - Jacob's Dream

Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17

1 When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called his elder son Esau and said to him, "My son"; and he answered, "Here I am." 2 He said, "See, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. 3 Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me. 4 Then prepare for me savory food, such as I like, and bring it to me to eat, so that I may bless you before I die."

15 Then Rebekah took the best garments of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob; 16 and she put the skins of the kids on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 Then she handed the savory food, and the bread that she had prepared, to her son Jacob.

18 So he went in 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 as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, so that you may bless me." 20 But Isaac said to his son, "How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?" He answered, "Because the LORD your God granted me success." 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not." 22 So Jacob went up to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau." 23 He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands; so he blessed him.

10 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12 And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And the LORD stood beside him and said, "I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; 14 and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. 15 Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."

16 Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place-and I did not know it!" 17 And he was afraid, and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."

For This Week

Questions for Reflection

-How have you seen God at work in ways you least expected?

-How has God worked through your family despite it's flaws?

Daily Readings

Monday, September 18, Genesis 24:1-27, Choosing of Rebekah

Tuesday, September 19, Genesis 24:28-49, Choosing of Rebekah

Wednesday, September 20, Genesis 24:50-67, Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah

Thursday, September 21, Genesis 25:19-28, The Birth of Esau and Jacob

Friday, September 22, Genesis 25:29-34, Esau Sells His Birthright

Saturday, September 23, Genesis 26:1-33, Isaac and Abimelech

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