Family Matters

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Today's reading: Genesis 27:1-46; James 2:1; Proverbs 28:21

Because the story captured in Genesis 27 is such a rich one, we're going to spend one more day there, this time focusing on family matters and relationships. There are no perfect people, which means that every family will have relationship difficulties from time to time. But what we see taking place between Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau in Genesis 27 goes well beyond everyday difficulties, to full-blown dysfunction. Isaac and Rebekah were not on the same page regarding their sons, and specifically what would take place in their futures. Isaac favored Esau, and Jacob was clearly Rebekah's favorite. And the disunity between parents was evident and filtered down to the two brothers, so much so that their relationship was unhealthy and adversarial.

What stood out to you about family and relationships from this account and why? What does Genesis 27 reveal about the dangers and consequences of playing favorites and treating people differently, especially within family circles? What helps you resist the urge to show partiality between your children, employees or co-workers, extended family members, friends and/or church members? Tami

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What stands out to me about family dynamics from this passage is how the example we set and receive gets passed on to the next generation. Abraham had a clear favorite among his children in Isaac, Isaac and Rebekah had their favorites, Jacob had a favorite in Joseph. Eventually, with the Lord's help, someone has to be determined to break the cycle.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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