If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 25, Matthew 24, Esther 1, Acts 24. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Genesis 25.
In Genesis 25:28 Moses, almost incidentally, wrote, “Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.” This preference for one child over the other plays out in the coming chapters of Genesis. While Moses was not writing to make a point about favoritism, the story of these twins and their relationships to their parents and each other raise issues for us:
- Did you feel like your parents favored you over a sibling or a sibling over you?
- What affect has that had on your life?
- Why do some parents favor one child over others?
- What are the consequences of favoritism?
- How does God want us to treat our children?
- Is treating children differently according to their personality the same as favoritism?
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