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Where Discernment Begins

Genesi 27:4And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring [it] to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

Discernment begins with obedience. This is a simple statement that many people do not like. I have had people attempt to argue this point with me. They are sure that they can discern the Lord’s will regarding life’s decisions while living in blantant contradition and opposition to God’s written word. Many act as if the bible has nothing to do with the decisions they make. They marry, spend money, live, choose careers, and attend churches with no regard to what the bible says about it.

Isaac attempted to bless Esau in contradiction to God’s word. In Genesis 25 we learn that God meant the blessing to go to Jacob. Isaac knew this but he let his personal preferences lead his decision making process. He allowed his senses to guide him along this process.

22And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If [it be] so, why [am] I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

23And the LORD said unto her, Two nations [are] in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and [the one] people shall be stronger than [the other] people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

In verse one we read that his eyes were dim. Isaac was to live by faith and not by sight. When he rejected God’s word, he gave up the only vision he had.

He could not trust his eyes and he begins to doubt. In Genesis 27 verse 20  he asks how the meal could be prepared so quickly. In verse 21 and 22 he is looking for assurance that this was Esau. He hears the voice of Jacob so he feels his hands. In verse 24 we see Isaac still isn’t sure because he asks if it is really Esau. In verse 25 he mistakes his favorite meal, venison, for goat. In verse 27 he smells Jacob.

But it APPEARED that everything had worked out. His testimony may have been that God “worked it out”. God provided the venison so it was prepared quickly, he got “assurance” that he was taking to Esau, and he blessed him. But this assurance did not last long before he realizes that he had been deceived. He not only was deceived by his wife and son but deceived himself as well. His eyes, ears, touch, taste, and smell failed him.

Many people today live by their senses and “feel” they are in God’s will or believe they have some sort of extra-biblical assurance. They are confident they are doing the right thing. Then an unexpected event reveals that they missed the will of God.

Please remember that you cannot go against the bible and be right.

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