I’ve gotten a lot of comments on my goofy shirts in my videos, and some people have asked where they can get them. I guess there are other people who love snarky shirts as much as I do.
You can now view all the shirts here and buy them on TeeSpring.
If you want a different style of shirt (i.e., women’s cut or crew neck sweatshirt), just let me know and I can probably make it happen.
On to today’s reading.
Genesis 26: Like Father Like Son
I made up my own title to this chapter because I literally laughed out loud when I read the first part of chapter 26, which is actually called, “Isaac and Abimelech.”
God told Isaac to stay in his land, the land promised to Abraham, even though there was a drought and famine. Isaac obeyed, but he told the locals that Rebekah was his sister even though she was his wife.
That’s the exact thing that got Abraham (Isaac’s father) in trouble two different times.
That’s just good storytelling right there.
The rest of the chapter is just well digging and fighting over water. And agreements not to “molest” each other, which in this context I assume means “bother” and not our modern connotation of molest.
Genesis 27: Jacob Gets Isaac’s Blessing
I recommend reading yesterday’s post, if you haven’t yet. It provides important context for what happens in this chapter.
Isaac is old, blind, and about to die. He wants to bless Esau (remember, Esau is Isaac’s favorite), so Isaac tells Esau to go hunt, bring back fresh game, and cook him food. In return, Isaac would bless Esau.
When Esau leaves, Rebekah, who preferred Jacob, told Jacob to swoop in and steal Esau’s blessing.
There was just one problem: Esau was hairy and Jacob was not.
Rebekah had all that figured out.
Jacob gave game to Rebekah to prepare. He put on some of Esau’s clothes so his smell would be that of Esau. And Rebekah put goatskins on Jacob to make his skin feel more like Esau’s.
Jacob took his father the food prepared by Rebekah. Isaac touched and smelled him to make sure it was Esau.
“The voice is of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”
Isaac went ahead and blessed Jacob.
Right after Jacob left with his blessing, Esau walked in.
Isaac and Esau figured out what had just happened and were pissed. But I Isaac was like oh, no, Jacob stole my only blessing.
Isaac seemingly had no choice, so he told Esau he would have to serve Jacob.
That’s right. Isaac only had one blessing and Jacob pilfered it and there was nothing anyone could do about it.
No takebacks, I guess.
Esau’s natural instinct was that he wanted to kill Jacob. Obviously.
Rebekah told Jacob to run away, and that she would call for him when Esau calmed down and lost his desire to murder.
Genesis 28: The Story of Jacob
Isaac blessed Jacob again and sent him off to Paddan Aram to find a woman and build a family…except not with a Canaanite woman.
Esau learned how much Isaac hated Canaanite women, so Esau married someone from Ishmael…”in addition to the wives he already had.”
Wait, what? Multiple wives? It’s very hard to keep track of what’s happening in this book and I’m only 50 pages in.
Anywho, Jacob heads out as instructed.
He took a nap and in a dream saw a stairway resting on the earth, “with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.”
It’s believed (in my head) that this is where inspiration for Stairway to Heaven came from.
The lord stood on the staircase and told Jacob how blessed his descendants would be and that the Lord would be with him always.
Jacob interpreted this dream to mean that his current location was the gate of heaven.
Jacob made a vow to God that in return for the promise God made in his dream, Jacob would put down a stone to serve as a pillar in God’s house. And Jacob would give God a tenth of everything.
I’m guessing this is where tithing—giving 10% of earnings—comes from. I was raised in the Methodist church where tithing wasn’t driven home. Giving back was certainly important, but there wasn’t a 10% requirement by any means.
I’m having a really hard time reading and understanding a lot of the content because of the poor writing. I understand it’s a translation and it’s really old, but wow. I can’t track stories where there are more than two characters of the same gender (like today’s story with three males: Isaac, Esau, and Jacob) because “he” is used for all of them. I have to make inferences and read some passages a dozen times to understand.
If I had to identify my biggest challenge so far, it’s this.
There are (at least) two facts about me:
- I buy everything I can online, usually on Amazon
- I love saving money
One of the apps I use is Honey. It’s a Chrome extension that automatically checks for the lowest prices when you’re shopping online. It works on plenty of sites other than Amazon. But I’ve mostly saved on Amazon, GoDaddy, and Kohl’s. And I use it to watch prices on Amazon so I can snag the best deal.