So [Jacob] went and got [the goats] and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it…Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made. Genesis 27:14 and 17
Listen: Genesis 27
Isaac was ruled by his appetites. In this case, it was literally his appetite for “tasty food,” especially when prepared by his son Esau. Six times in this passage there is a reference to “tasty food” (Genesis 27:4, 7, 9, 14, 17, 31). This is not by accident. When we write, we emphasize things by underlining or italics. The Hebrews used repetition. When things are repeated, it’s as if the author is saying, “Pay attention to this!”
Isaac was not only hungry, he was hungry. His physical appetite consumed him.Watch the video clip below as Senior Pastor Jeff Manion tells us that instead of craving God—Issac craved a barbeque.
It can happen to us as well. We can be consumed by our appetite for money, things (even good things), experiences and relationships. The truth is, we’re all hungry for something. If it’s not God, it will be something else.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
The question for us is, “What is it?” What appetites overrule our self-control and take the place of God? The place to begin is identification. We need to identify our appetites. In your journal (or on a sheet of paper), write down anything that you might identify as an “appetite.” Lay this list before God and confess to him any sinful “hunger” you’ve allowed to develop. Use this list as a starting point to move toward Jesus as the bread of life and the One who quenches our thirst (John 6:35-40).
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