2016 Advent Devotional

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Day

26

Prepare to be Deceived
Thursday, 12/22/2016

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Daily Scripture
Daily Scripture

Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat my game, so that you may bless me."

Genesis 27:19

Reflection
Reflection

In the story of Jacob and Esau, Jacob deceives his father in order to receive the blessing that was intended for his older brother Esau. According to the Oxford Annotated NRSV, “The blessing, like the curse, released a power that effectively determined the character and destiny of the recipient.”

Jacob deceives his father in order to gain an advantage over his brother. This may be the most common form of deception in society today. Whether it comes in the form of a little white lie on the resume, elevating oneself at the expense of another, or pure manipulation, we are encouraged to deceive in order to get ahead. It is a dog eat dog world out there, do whatever you must to get ahead. But also know deception comes with a cost. In this story, and many like it, deception led to a fractured family and Jacob spending years estranged from his brother.

Prayer
Prayer

Faithful God, as we prepare for the coming of the Christ child, may I be mindful of my own deception. Forgive me for all the times I have sought personal gain at the expense of others. Amen.


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Questions
Questions

  1. When have you deceived another in order to achieve personal gain?
  2. In the spirit of Christ our redeemer, how can you make Advent a time to reconcile relationships damaged by deception?

Family Corner

Daily Scripture
Read

“Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”

Matthew 2:11b

Reflection
Do

Go on a treasure hunt throughout the house and have each family member find one thing that they would offer Jesus.

Have each person explain the significance of each item during a time of show and tell!

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