Stop Living For Handouts: Inheritance Doesn’t Free You From Responsibility

Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament book of beginnings, which is the book of Genesis as it was written and recorded by Moses the servant of the Lord. What’s more, is that today’s passage begins with the first verse of the twenty-fifth chapter and continues through to the fortieth verse of the twenty-seventh chapter. THE BURIAL, THE BIRTHRIGHT & THE BLESSING! THE DEATH & BURIAL OF ABRAHAM! THE GENERATIONS OF ISHMAEL! THE GENERATIONS OF ISAAC! DESPISING THE BIRTHRIGHT! NEW GENERATION, NEW FAMINE! THE DECEPTION & FEAR OF THE FATHER! THE PROSPERITY OF ISAAC! CONTENDING OVER WATER AND DIGGING WELLS! THE VISITATION OF THE LORD! THE DECEPTION OF THE BROTHER & THE BLESSING OF THE YOUNGER! When you come to this particular portion of scripture you will find an event taking place within the life of Isaac much like what took place in the previous few chapters. If you turn and direct your attention back to the opening verses of the twenty third chapter you will find that Sarah, Isaaca mother had died and was buried by Abraham in a cave which was present within the land of Canaan. It would be with Sarah that the people of God would begin to be buried in the land of Canaan, for Sarah would be the first of this newly formed pekole in the earth that would die in the land of promise. As you come to the opening verses of the tenth-fifth chapter you will find that Abraham has lived to be one-hundred and seventy-five years older and had lived a long and full life before finally dying and going the way of the earth. The opening verses of the twenty fifth chapter describe for us how before Abraham dies and gave up the ghost he marries another woman who had born him more children. Aside from Ishmael who was born of Hagar the Egyptian and Isaac who was born of Sarah the free woman, Abraham would have other children who would be born unto him within the land of Canaan and within the land of promise. The verses which are found at the beginning and opening of the twenty fifth chapter describe two key events which took place within the life of Abraham before he died and went the way of his fathers and went the way of the earth. What you find and what you read when you read the account of Abraham in this particular chapter is that not only did he marry another woman and conceive additional children through her, but while he was still alive and living in the earth he gave all that he had unto his son Isaac. Just prior to the death of Abraham he had given everything he had amassed and accumulated throughout his years of living as an inheritance. How absolutely incredible it is to see, to witness and behold the reality of inheritance being found within this chapter as just prior to Abraham dying he gave unto his son Isaac everything he had as an inheritance which he would steward within the earth. It would now be Isaac who would pick up and carry the mantle of the promise of God within the earth as Abraham would depart from this life and to unto the next.

As you read the opening verses of this chapter you will find that while it was true that Abraham gave everything he had unto his son Isaac—for Isaac was the child of promise—he did in fact give gifts unto his sons and his concubines. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this awesome and incredible reality, for within this passage of scripture—not only do we find the concept of inheritance, but we also find the reality of gifts which would be given unto the sons which were born unto him. In all reality I can’t help but see a wonderful and powerful picture of the New Testament found within these final events of the life of Abraham, for just prior to the death of Abraham we find him distributing two distinct things unto those who would be born unto him. Unto Isaac who was the child of promise and the child of the free woman we find Abraham leaving everything he had as an inheritance, while we also find Abraham giving gifts unto those other sons who would be born unto him in the land of Canaan. Please don’t miss and lose sight of this, for it is the son who obtains and it is the son who receives the inheritance. It was true that Abraham would have other sons that would be born unto him, however, the other sons which were born unto him were not children of the promise, nor were any of them heirs to the promise and that which Abraham had within the earth. This reality is seen and witnessed in the life of Abraham and Ishmael, for you will recall how the Lord declared unto Abraham that Ishmael would not be his heir and the one who would receive the promise, but rather there would be born one unto him would be heir to the promise and unto that which the living God would do within the earth. What’s more, is that even when and even after Isaac was born into the earth Sasha herself declared of Ishmael that he would have no party in the inheritance that was to be bestowed upon and given unto Isaac who was in fact and was indeed the child of promise. Oh how we must recognize and understand this reality, for Ishmael was not the heir, nor was Ishmael the child of promise and covenant. What’s more, is that just as much as Ishmael was not heir to the promise and inheritance, so also would those sons who would be born unto Abraham by his other concubine not be children of the promise and children of the inheritance. Oh that we would recognize and discern the reality of the inheritance being given unto the son and gifts being given unto sons.

THE INHERITANCE GIVEN UNTO THE SON & GIFTS GIVEN UNTO SONS! THE INHERITANCE OF THE SON AND GIFTS OF SONS! Oh, the more I sit here this morning and think about and consider that which is found in the opening verses of this chapter the more I can’t help but encounter and come face to face with the reality that it would be through Isaac that all the nations of the earth would be blessed, for Isaac would be the child of the promise. This did not and would not mean that Abraham did not have others sons, for we most certainly learn that a son was born unto him prior to Isaac ever being conceived and born in the earth. Abraham would have a true and natural heir born unto him while in the land of Canaan, and that heir would be Isaac who would be the son of the promise. With that being said it is necessary and imperative that we recognize that while it was true there would and there could only be one natural heir who would receive the inheritance and promise of the Father, that did not mean that the other sons who would be born unto Abraham would not receive from the father. While it was true they did not receive the inheritance e as Isaac did, they would nonetheless receive gifts which would be given unto them by their father Abraham who had been blessed by the Lord. I cannot escape the fact that what we have within this chapter and within this passage of a shot Jew is a wonderful manifestation of the reality of the inheritance of the eternal Son and the gifts which were and would be given unto the sons who would be born as sons before and unto the living God. If you read the opening verses of the first chapter of the gospel which was written by the apostle John you will find him writing concerning those who were given power to become sons of God. If and as you read the words which are found in the eighth chapter of the epistle which was written unto the roman Christians you will find the apostle Paul going on to write concerning our being sons of the living God and how all creation groans for the revelation and manifestation of the sons of God. What’s more, is that if you turn and direct your attention to the first and second chapters of the epistle which was written unto the Hebrews you will find the author writing concerning the eternal Son of the living God being heir to the inheritance that was promise unto Him from the foundation of the world. With that being said, you will also come to the fourth chapter of the epistle written unto the Ephesian saints and you will find the apostle Paul writing concerning good gifts being given unto the sons and daughters of the kingdom when Jesus the Christ ascended unto the right hand of the Father. What’s more, is that if you read the opening chapter of the epistle written unto the Ephesian saints you will find the apostle Paul writing concerning inheritance and blessing and promise and what we have in and through Christ in the earth. These passages must be carefully considered and carefully observed, for the language that is found within them brings us face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that the eternal Son is heir to the inheritance which would be given by the Father, and how the sons and daughters which would be born unto the living God would also partake in the promise and blessing through our identification with Jesus the Christ. Furthermore, it is through the writing of the apostle Paul we encounter and come face to face with the awesome reality that through Christ and from the Father—we as the sons and daughters of the living God have received good gifts which were and have been given unto us when Jesus ascended unto the right hand of the Father in heaven.

Before we delve into that which is found in these chapters within the Old Testament book of Genesis it is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand that which is found in these passages in the New Testament which I have alluded to. There is not a doubt in my mind that if we are going to truly understand that which is found in the twenty-fifth chapter of the Old Testament book of Genesis we must read the opening verses through the lens of the inheritance of the son and the gifts of the sons. I do not believe for one single moment that we cannot and should not read the words which are found in the opening verses of this passage and not read it through the lens of the father giving the inheritance unto the son, while also giving gifts unto the sons which were born unto him. What’s more, is that we must also recognize and understand and recognize that not only did Abraham give everything he had unto Isaac as an inheritance and possession, but he also gave gifts unto his sons and concubines while sending them east into the east country away from his son. This is quite unique and astonishing, for there is one fundamental difference between the sons which were born unto Abraham and Isaac who would be the sole heir and child of the promise. Whereas the other sons which were born unto Abraham would be sent away from the son of the promise and the son of the inheritance and blessing—as we talk and speak about Jesus the Christ we must recognize and understand that while the eternal Father did in fact give unto His Son the inheritance promised unto Him from the foundations of the world, He did not send those sons who were born into the kingdom away from the Son. The one drastic and fundamental difference between Abraham sending away the sons which were born unto his concubines into the east country and us as sons and daughters of the eternal Father is that we have not been sent away, nor have we been sent away from the eternal Son. It is true the eternal Son has received and will still receive the inheritance of the Father, however, it is also true that we as the sons and daughters of the living God recognize that we too can and will partake in the inheritance with the Son and have been invited into relationship with the Father just as the eternal Son. We have not been and we will not be sent away as sons and daughters who have no place in the promise or the inheritance, for we have been grafted into the house and into the vine, and have been invited into that relationship with the true and living God. With that being said, I invited you to consider the words which are found within the passages which were mentioned above, as well as the additional passage which is found in the Old Testament book of the Psalms:

“He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:11-14).

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightened of His glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter or righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. Thou hast love righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: they shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:1-14).

“For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakes of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily He took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:5-18).

“I will declare the decree: The Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; This day have I begotten thee. Sack of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psalms 2:7-12).

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, ABBA, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the ear test expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God” (Romans 8:15-19).

“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the statue of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and for, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body into the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:8-16).

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestination us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: that we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:3-14).

I fully realize and recognize that I just presented you with a number of scriptural references, and I fully recognize that it might be a lot of Scripture to digest all at once, however, I am firmly convinced that when we read the words which are found in the opening verses of the twenty-fifth chapter of the book of Genesis we encounter and come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality of the eternal Father giving unto the eternal Son the inheritance which was promised unto Him from the foundations of the world, but also giving gifts unto the sons and daughters which would be born before and unto the living God. Scripture makes it very clear that to as many as believed in Jesus the Christ—to those He would give power to become sons of God, which were not born of flesh and blood, nor of the will of man, but of flesh and blood. What’s more, is that the apostle Paul emphatically declares that the Spirit bears witness that we are children and that we have been given the Spirit of adoption. What’s more, the apostle Paul makes it very clear that when Jesus Christ ascended He gave gifts unto men, and that through Jesus Christ the Father hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings. Please also note and do not miss the language of adoption, inheritance, and that of the children of God as it is found in the opening chapter of the epistle written unto the Ephesians, for it brings us face to face with the reality that we who believe are indeed and are in fact children of the living God. What’s more, is that while we are indeed children of the living God, we are heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus the Christ. With that being said, it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we encounter the strong and undeniable reality that while it is true we are children of God and heirs and joint heirs with Christ, we are partakers together with Christ, and are partakers through and with Christ. It is because of the inheritance given unto the Son and our relationship with the Son that entitles us to receive the inheritance that was and is given unto Him. The author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews emphatically and clearly writes in the opening two chapters of the epistle that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of the living God, and that as the eternal Son of the living God is the divine and eternal heir of the inheritance that was promised and given unto Hm by the eternal Father. It is unto Jesus that every thing and all things have been given and will be given, and we must recognize that Jesus is the Son who receives the inheritance, and we are the sons and daughters who have been invited to partake in that inheritance as the eternal Father blesses us through and in Jesus the Christ in this life, as well as in the next.

In the opening verses of the twenty-fifth chapter we find that after all the sons were born unto Abraham he gave everything he had unto Isaac. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this awesome and incredible reality, for what we find and what we read in this passage speaks a great deal concerning and regarding inheritance, for that which was given unto Abraham was indeed the inheritance of the son given unto him by the Father. Isaac was the true heir which was born not of the flesh but of the Spirit and of the promise, and we must come to terms with this, for it would be through. Isaac all the nations of the earth would be blessed. Similarly, it would be through Jesus the Christ that all nations and all peoples of the earth would be blessed, and therefore the inheritance belonged to Jesus the Christ. It is unto Jesus the Christ that the eternal Father hath given all things unto and all things into His hands. Oh that we would truly encounter the reality that the eternal Son of the living God is indeed heir to the inheritance and heir to that which was promised unto Him, as well as the fact that He has not yet received everything that has been promised unto Him. It is true that Jesus the Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father, and it is true that Jesus has in fact received an inheritance from the Father, but it is also true that there is still so much more that Jesus is still waiting for and will receive at the consummation of all things. Jesus the Christ is in fact the eternal and only begotten Son of the Father, and as such He is heir to the inheritance and heir to everything that belongs to the Father. We must encounter the reality that everything the Father has He either has, or He will give unto His Son whom he loves and is well pleased. Jesus the Christ is the eternal Son of the living God and is the rightful heir to the nations of the earth and the uttermost parts of the earth as a possession. Oh how absolutely wonderful and remarkable this truly is when you take the time to think about and consider it, for it brings us face to face with the reality that we are truly and utterly absolutely nothing without and apart from Jesus the Christ. In fact, we must understand that without and apart from Christ—not only do we have nothing, but we are also nothing without and apart from Him. It is only through Jesus the Christ that we have an inheritance from the Father, for we are heirs and joint-heirs with the eternal Son of the living God. Oh how truly wonderful and truly remarkable it is to think about and consider the fact that the Father has given and will give everything unto the eternal Son, and yet with everything the Father has given and will give unto the Son, the Father has also and will also give unto us. The Father hath reserved an inheritance for and unto the eternal Son of the living God, however, the Father hath also reserved an inheritance for us as the sons and daughters of the living God.

I absolutely love that which is found in the opening verses of the twenty-fifth chapter of the book of Genesis, for within it we not only encounter the inheritance of the sons and the gifts of the son, but we also encounter the father giving gifts unto the sons and sending them away into the East country away from his son. Please don’t miss this absolutely incredible and astonishing reality, for while it was true that Abraham gave gifts unto his sons, and unto the concubines and sent them away from his begotten son Isaac, this isn’t so when we think and speak about the eternal Father. It is true that Jesus the Christ is the eternal Son and the rightful heir to the inheritance, the promises and the blessing, however, not only have we invited to partake together with Christ in the inheritance as heirs and joint heirs with Him, but we have also been invited unto Him and unto His place in the kingdom of heaven. Even now the eternal Son of the living God is preparing and making ready a place for us in order that where He is we might there also be. Oh how absolutely wonderful and remarkable it is to think about and consider the fact that Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God is preparing a place for us that we might not be cast away from Him, but might in fact be brought near and made heirs and joint heirs with Him. How truly astonishing and wonderful it is to think about the reality that we have been called as sons and daughters of the living God, and that as sons and daughters of the living God we have been given the right and the privilege to be heirs with the eternal Son unto whom all things have been promised and all things have been given. It is unto Jesus the Christ that all things have been given, and it is unto Jesus who all things belong and all things consist, and we have been made partakers of the inheritance that was promised and given unto Him. Oh how truly wonderful and truly beautiful it is to think about the fact that while the Father has given all things into the hands and unto the eternal Son of the living God—namely, Jesus the Christ—we ourselves as those who believe and as those who have been made heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ have a part and place in the inheritance that was given unto Jesus. Oh that we might not forget and lose sight of this absolutely astonishing and wonderful reality, for it has the ability to dramatically alter and change our lives and truly transform us. Pause for a moment and think about the reality that you are not only a child of the living God, but you have also been given part in that which has been reserved and bestowed upon and unto the eternal Son of the living God from the foundation of the world. To you and to us who believe we have been made partakers of the divine inheritance which was given unto the eternal Son, and we have received good gifts and every spiritual blessing in heavenly places with and through Jesus the Christ. What’s more, is we have been brought near unto the Father through the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and through the eternal Spirit have been given the spirit of adoption whereby we might cry out unto the eternal Father, saying, ABBA Father.

If you continue reading in the book of Genesis you will find that after the death of Abraham, and after his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried their father, the Lord and living God of heaven and earth blessed Isaac the son within and upon the earth. It’s quite interesting and unique to think about and consider this, for once the death of Abraham took place in the earth the narrative shifts away from Abraham and unto Isaac who is now the fulfillment and continuation of the promise and inheritance found within the earth. The narrative of Abraham has come and drawn to a close and we are now face to face with the narrative of the son who has not only received the inheritance of the father, but also whom God blessed within and upon the earth. THE INHERITANCE OF THE FATHER AND THE BLESSING OF GOD! It is truly breathtaking and captivating to think about and consider the fact that not only did Isaac receive everything of and everything from his father, but he was also greatly blessed by the living God. Within the twenty-fifth chapter alone—not only do we encounter and come face to face with the inheritance of the father, but we also come face to face with the blessing of God. Please mark this within your heart and mind for the inheritance of the father and the blessing of God work in tandem and go hand in hand with each other. The inheritance and blessing are intrinsically linked and connected, and cannot and should not be separated. It was true that Isaac had received everything from the father, however, inheritance itself wasn’t enough to sustain him, for he would still need the blessing of God. What’s more, is that as you read the words which are found within these chapters you will find that with the blessing of God came Isaac sowing in the land of Gerar, as well as having to dig wells in order to provide water to his servants, his cattle, his family, and even himself. It was true that Isaac had received everything from the father, but it is also true that Isaac still needed the blessing of the living God within his life. Oh there would be many who would like to live in the reality of inheritance and simply rely on hand outs and that which has been given and that which will be given unto them and are not willing to lift a finger within and throughout the course of their lives. Such individuals are misguided and deceived concerning the reality that inheritance is only the beginning, and inheritance is always and will always be proceeded by blessing and that of the living God. Isaac received from the father the inheritance, however, with that inheritance came the blessing of God as God would now bless Isaac and the work of his hands within and upon the face of the earth. Oh there is a great need for men and women among us in this generation to truly recognize and understand the awesome and incredible relaity that even though and although we have been given an inheritance with and from the Father, we must also have the blessing of God upon our lives.

As I sit here this morning I can’t help but get the strong and overwhelming sense that the blessing of God and the inheritance of God are two entirely different things. Although they are intrinsically linked and connected with and to each other, that does not mean that the two are the same. Inheritance speaks about what we have received from the Father and from the living God, while blessing speaks about our living under an open heaven and living with the living God blessing the work of our hands and that which we engage ourselves in within and upon the earth. When we read how Abraham gave all he had unto Isaac and also how the living God blessed Isaac, we must recognize and understand that the blessing of God upon the life of Isaac concerned the work of his hands within and upon the earth, and touched the realm of what he himself would be responsible. How absolutely incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that Isaac did in fact receive an inheritance from the father, yet directly linked and connected to that inheritance was the blessing of God—the blessing of God which would touch the work of his hands and that which he set his heart and mind to do. We must come face to face with the incredible reality that the inheritance of the father touches that which we have received from the living God, and the blessing of God touches what we do. In all reality, I would dare say that inheritance touches who we are while blessing touches what we do. We receive inheritance because of who and whose we are, and the relationship we have with the living God and with His eternal Son Jesus the Christ, while the blessing of God touches what we do in this life. It is absolutely critical that we recognize and understand the awesome and incredible truth that while it is true we have been given an inheritance from and by the living God—that inheritance is only part of the picture, for inheritance works in tandem and side by side with the blessing of God. When we think about the blessing of God we think about hand outs and that which the living God gives unto us, and yet the truth of the matter is that the blessing of God within and upon our lives touches not that which the Father has given unto us, but rather that which we do in this life with our hands and with our lives. The blessing of God within and upon our lives touches what we do in this life and the work of our hands which the Lord our God can and will bless according to the promise He has given unto us, and our relationship with Him and with the eternal Son. The living God blessed Isaac, and yet that did not and would not mean that Isaac would not himself bear responsibility within and upon the earth. The fact that the living God blessed Isaac speaks to and suggests the incredible reality that wherever he would go he would be blessed by the living God, and the living God would bless the work of his hands. Oh that we would recognize and understand that the blessing of God doesn’t touch the reality of who and whose we are as much as it does what we do in this life with our hands.

I fully realize and recognize that there is so much more that is found and contained within these chapters—namely, the birth of Jacob and Esau, Esau selling the birthright to Jacob, Jacob stealing the blessing from Esau, and even the experience of Isaac in the land of the Philistines after a famine struck the land and came upon the earth. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of all of this, for it’s absolutely and incredibly interesting to think about and consider the fact that even though Isaac was blessed by the living God, that didn’t mean that he wouldn’t experience famine in the earth just as his father Abraham did within and during his generations. You will recall that Abraham experienced a famine which drove him down into the land of Egypt, as well as a secondary famine which would drive him down into the land of the Philistines and unto Gerar. Now here we are in the generation of his son Isaac and we find a famine striking the earth during his days, and driving him down into the land of Gerar with the strict and implicit command not to go down into the land of Egypt. Oh that we would pay careful and close attention to this reality, for although Isaac would in fact be blessed by the living God, that would and did not mean he wouldn’t experience trials and troubles in this life, for we find and read how he experienced a famine in the earth which would thrust him out of the land of promise and into the land of the Philistines. It was true that Isaac was given everything his father Abraham had as an inheritance, but it is also true that Isaac was blessed by God—a reality which would touch that which he did, for you will find that it was in the land of Gerar where Isaac sowed and reaped an hundred fold. What’s more, is you will also find it written how Isaac would dig again the wells which his father Abraham had dug which the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth because of their envy for him. Isaac did in fact receive the inheritance of the father, however, that inheritance wasn’t meant to sustain him in this life alone, for Isaac would also need the blessing of God upon his life. It would be the blessing of God within and upon his life that would enable Isaac to sow in the land of the Philistines and reap an hundred fold, and it would be the blessing of God that would allow Isaac to dig the earth and find water which he would use to sustain himself, his family, his servants, his cattle and all he had obtained in this life. OH that we would come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that the blessing of God upon our hearts and lives does not mean we are exempt from responsibility and labor in this life, but rather that the Lord can and will bless the work of our hands and enable us to become who and what He has called and destined us to be, and to walk in that which He has called us to walk in. The question we must ask ourselves is whether or not the Lord has blessed us, and whether or not we are willing to accept and assume the responsibility we have been given in this life. The blessing of God upon our lives does not exempt us from responsibility, and the blessing of God does not signify and suggest we can and should rely on inheritance alone, but rather that the Lord has enabled us to labor and work in this life in order that we might step into that which He has prepared for us, become who he has called us to be, and do what He has called us to do. The Lord blessed Isaac as he did his father Abraham, and it would be that blessing that would be used to help Isaac grow into what he was destined and created to be, and it would be that blessing which would be upon the work and labor of the hands of Isaac. Oh that we would cease and would quit looking for, expecting and even demanding hand outs from God and realize and recognize that His blessing upon our lives touches what we do in this life, and the responsibility we have before the Lord in this life. It is the blessing of God which touches the work of our hands as we accept the responsibility we have in this life rather than simply thinking and believing that we can live off handouts from the living God.

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