After an interesting weekend which included challenging moments such as “Do you think Jesus would ever go clubbing?”
(extrapolating from Luke 7:34 and Matthew 11:19)
New International Version (NIV)
19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
It doesn’t seem unreasonable then, to present the idea that Jesus would be open to a pub-dinner and then clubbing, in modern society.
‘Go eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do’ Ecl. 9 7
Anyways, drinking is a topic with a tonne of scripture support it in moderation, and telling you not to make a fool of yourself.
Today’s post is, however, about learning from mistakes, this is something I find challenging, in this post we see somebody not learning from somebody else’s mistake, and somebody learning from their own.
We get to welcome back an old friend, Abimelech, he’s a great guy who cropped up a few times in Abraham’s not quite so golden years.
Isaac and family move back towards the city, so they can get a hold of food during the famine. This leads to Isaac seeing all these men, who are scary, and asking him about his wife… so he says “She’s my sister.” Abimelech has been here before though, so he does a bit of stalking – harder in those days, what with the lack of facebook, and he spots the tell tale signs that they’re married and not siblings…
So, remembering the warning he had from God first time round, he puts the word out and says “Touch my man Isaac, or his wife, and you’re dead.”
Isaac gets rich growing grain and selling it while stocks are low. He gets SO rich, all the Philistines get annoyed, they block up the wells his herds men are using and ask him to move out.
Isaac is a gentleman, and moves back to Gerar, and settles down there, Esau marries two wives, who don’t get on with his Mum and Dad.
One thing sticks out to me, and it’s Isaac repeating his father’s mistakes, although it’s something that always seems to happen (I’ve noticed I have a few of my Dad’s habits, and I don’t know how that makes me feel. On the other hand I’ve also missed a fair few of them, like the studying habit, never picked that one up.)
Abimelech however, learns and adapts his patterns. Isn’t that wonderful? Instead of being stuck in a vicious circle he’s broken free! Getting caught up in bad habits and repeating the same mistake is something we do all the time. It’s up there in my top 5 failings for sure.
So seeing here that Abimelech learned his lesson is quite inspiring. It’s like God’s saying “You can fix your issues if you work on them” We aren’t stuck with the things we have we don’t like, and we aren’t stuck NOT having things we’d like.
So, my challenge should be very obvious to you, unless you’ve skipped down to the last paragraph, because you’re only reading because you think I’ll quiz you about it… is this, give your best to everything, live life with no regrets, and when things go wrong? Do your best to learn from that, think about WHY things went wrong, and adjust, so that next time things WON’T go wrong.
Thanks for reading.