Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die. Genesis 27:4
Isaac, a patriarch entrusted with the knowledge of God’s will concerning the Trans-generational blessing, for profit’s sake, tried to exchange it for the cravings of his appetite
He started out with a clear vision, but he turned blind. He was an example of the righteous that became corrupted, and a man of understanding that became deluded. He was ensnared by greed, besieged by corruption, and ultimately invaded by deception.
He sought gifts [bribe] in exchange for the blessing. What he freely received, he was unwilling to freely give. The blessing he got unconditionally from Abraham, he exchange for a tasty meal. Like father like son, perhaps, he might be the reason Esau did not value his birth right and exchanged it for a plate of food as well.
Isaac was stimulated by greed, and inspired by an inherent corruption to bless.
“… for bribes [ gifts ] blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the decisions [ inspiration and intention] of the godly.” Deuteronomy 16:19 NLT emphasis mine
Isaac became blinded to God’s righteous and predestined selection of Jacob because of his appetite and greed.
Today’s Men of God are the worst of it. They teach God’s people to give money for His blessings. They’ll say, God’s blessings must be activated with gifts, seeds, and prophetic offerings before it must be released to you; the beneficiary. They are now God’s brokers and not anymore stewards of His grace. God is pictured as a business man that will not release his goods [blessings] unless he gets money in exchange. The congregation is compelled to sow seeds and key into God’s blessing for their lives, as they go on to justify and ratify the scheme with scriptures, overwhelming God’s people with out-of-context verses to reinforce the stronghold of manipulations in their lives.
They propagate the philosophy of demand and supply in the package of Isaac’s theology of sowing and reaping. In other not to appear contradictory, the proponents of the message of Grace will tilt the scheme a bit and say, God has freely and fully blessed us in Christ with all spiritual blessings but we must sow seeds and give money to receive the blessings, and bring it down for earthly manifestations.
In that case, the giving or seed sowing is not for God to bless, but it is for the people to be positioned and aligned to receive. Heaven has blessed, but the earth must sow to reap. Hence, they cleverly prey on people’s desperation for material possessions and earthly comforts to plunder them. It would have been better, if it were money only they plunder, but sadly, they also plunder God’s people of the light of truth, leaving them to grope in darkness while remaining a stumbling block to their freedom in Christ.
To you dearly beloved, do not let any man or church enslave you any longer
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
I really wish and pray that the true message of sowing and reaping will be preached in the church and not be narrowed to money alone. I sincerely wish God’s people would know that whoever continue to stimulate the desires of his flesh will ultimately reap Afflictions, Corruption, and Death, and whosoever encourages the growth of his spirit man will harvest Righteousness, Peace, and Joy in the Holy Spirit. This is the true message of Sowing and Reaping as taught in the Gospel.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8.
However, the servants of God that continues to teach and propagate heresy to the detriment of God’s children. This is what the Lord says:
“What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people—the shepherds of my sheep—for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:1
What makes a Righteous Man Twist the Truth…
Sincerely, they are simply deluded and corrupted like Isaac, thinking that the blessings of God could be exchanged for money. Whenever we try to exchange or obtain God’s blessings for gain or with substance or money, we are being corrupt. For the scripture says through Peter:
“To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that’s unthinkable—trying to buy God’s gift! You’ll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. Change your ways—and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. I can see this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust.” Acts 8:20-23 MSG
Isaac’s corrupted imagination as a result of his untamed subtle cravings landed him in error of Judgement and corrupted his decision concerning to whom to bestow the blessings; having the truth being foretold him even before the duo – Jacob and Esau – were born.
Take no bribes, for a bribe makes you ignore something that you clearly see. A bribe makes even a righteous person twist the truth. Exodus 23:8 NLT
Many of us are like Isaac. Although we are righteous, yet we are corrupt. We are godly, yet we twist the truth. We often ignore what we know and see clearly because of immediate gain. We close the eyes of wisdom and shun the light of truth because of our needs [Howbeit legitimate].
You must never twist justice or show partiality. Never accept a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the decisions of the godly.
Deep down within our spirit, we know the truth and god’s righteousness, but most times we follow the dictates of our minds against the light of truth being compelled by prevailing circumstances. We twist the word of God too suit our decisions. We use our corrupted imagination to interpret and apply the word of God to repose our conscience from guilt. Although we acknowledge the grace of god in Christ Jesus, yet we choose to live by the laws of demand and supply.
Freely [without payment] have you received; freely [without charge] give. Mathew 10:8b
You should stop to see God or paint Him, in relations to His blessings, in the light of merchandise. Godliness is profitable unto all things, yet we should not imagine that godliness is a source of profit [a money making business, a mean of livelihood], As it is written, “from such withdraw”
1 Timothy 6:5. Nevertheless, godliness indeed is immense profit. For godliness accompanied with contentment [that which is a sense of inward sufficiency] is great and abundant gain.
You may be reading this book, and may be thinking that I am narrow minded about this discourse. In all of these, I am not saying that people should stop giving to the church or men of God. We all know that whoever that does not give, does not know God nor Love Him.
I will mention briefly the two strong propellant for giving.
Love is a great motivator and a compelling force for action.
God is Love and Love gives freely.
When people are taught to know and love God, giving and sacrifices of love become a natural outflow of their lives. We should teach people to manifest God’s likeness and project His image that they are – the embodiment of Love.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
God demonstrated his love through giving, so also when you grow and mature in your faith and love for God, you will naturally live like him; Giving Your All. No one coarse or compel anyone in love to do something for the one he loves. Love is a great motivator and a compelling force for action.
A thankful heart is a grateful heart. When a man is thankful, he demonstrates his gratitude by manifesting good to others and appreciating the giver. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. It is a natural disposition to anyone that values relationship.
Men need to be taught to be thankful and demonstrate gratitude to God. Servants of God must teach the people about the manifold grace of God towards them, his love and faithfulness concerning their lives, so that it will engender a heart of praise and gratitude towards God.
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.
Psalm 50:14, 23
The “thanks offering” and “vow” (i.e voting offerings) belong to the category of voluntary offerings in which the offerer shared by eating from the offering. God desired communion with his people. Instead of presenting “dedicatory offerings” in a spirit of pride, they had to learn that the Most High” invites them for a banquet to enjoy his presence, of course the offerings must reflect the true intent: thankfulness
Solomon, a man that comprehended God’s kindness and mercy toward his life, went the extra mile to demonstrate his gratitude by offering recklessly a thousand burnt offerings on the altar 1kings 3:4 as against the theology of “seed sowing” for the blessing that is being propagated from this grateful act of Solomon. Solomon did not sacrifice a thousand burnt offering to demand anything from God. It was a burnt offering, a delightful aroma pleasing to God.
Solomon’s action was stimulated by gratitude towards God, and not inspired by demand of any sort. His motive was thanksgiving
Let us examine the scriptures together.
Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.
This verse of scripture preceded Solomon’s action of sacrifice. Solomon realized that what God did was beyond his reach, grasp and qualification; considering his position in the family. He saw it as a pure act of mercy and workings of grace. He was full of appreciation and thanksgiving, so he demonstrated his gratefulness recklessly offering thanks to God. He went before God in the Tent of Meeting, not seeking anything or placing demands, but to appreciate God immensely, having made him exceedingly great.
When a man understands the extent of God’s love, grace, and faithfulness, he will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Sacrifice of thanksgiving is an aroma pleasing to God such sacrifice delights God and provokes further blessings upon men – such as Solomon.
We later saw that Solomon’s motivation for giving and sacrificing was beyond sowing-to-get, but a pure expression of worship and thanksgiving. He, in another event offered sacrifices of fellowship offering to the Lord; 22,000 cattle, and 120,000 sheep and goats.
Weed every breed of greed out from your heart and allow the grease of grace and lotion of God’s love to constantly propel your actions.
We should therefore no longer imitate the error of Isaac but rather emulate the righteousness of faithful men in scriptures. These faithful men built altars of fellowship and offered sacrifices for love, and of gratitude upon them unto God. They followed God for who he is and not primarily for what they want from.
Be careful not to be a stumbling block and a derailing tract to any people. Watch your lifestyle closely! Selah