July 21

Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the members of his household, his livestock, all his beasts, and all his property that he had acquired in the land of Canaan. He went into a land away from his brother Jacob. Genesis 36:6

The account of Esau’s family is appropriately included in the history of Isaac and Jacob.  In this passage, we see that unbelievers have honor and fame on earth.  They are wealthy and successful, and they rule the world.  They either look down on believers or oppress them, as Esau’s descendants did.  Because of their arrogance, they despised and oppressed Jacob and his descendants in later years.

On the other hand, Jacob had God’s blessing.  He was an important leader in the world and among God’s people.  Yet he had to endure many tragedies in his life.  He had so many problems and so much misery that it seemed as if all spiritual blessings and God’s favor had been taken away from him. Yet in the end, God worked out everything the way Mary described in her song: “He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble” (Luke 1:52).  Christ described the end for the godless when he said, “But woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry” (Luke 6:24-25).  And Christ described the end for believers when he said: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4).

Unbelievers will be fortunate for a while.  But in the end, they will be destroyed.  Believers, on the other hand, will have to suffer for a while.  But they will find protection, help and comfort in God.  God will take his little flock away from their suffering and reward his people with eternal life and happiness.

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World

A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist!

Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.

Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.

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