Text: Genesis 33:1-20 Introduction It is important that we see the events in Genesis 33 as a sequel to Jacob’s wrestling with God and thus being broken, renamed, and blessed. We are meant to see the humbled, limping, drastically changed outcome of Jacob’s wrestling with God in Jacob’s interaction immediately after with Esau! We will see evidence in Genesis 33 of Jacob’s new-found courage, humility, repentance, holiness, and worship as a maturing believer. And perhaps most remarkably, we will see Jacob’s willingness to reconcile with his estranged brother Esau. And so we will see marks of genuine repentance and victory
Text: Revelation 3:14-22 Introduction The reigning philosophy in Western culture is: “Do what makes you happy” or “believe whatever works for you”; but Jesus speaks in Re 3:14-22, to those in the church of Laodicea and warns them (and us) not to trust feelings. We may convince ourselves that we need nothing, when in reality we are poor, blind, and in great danger. To those who are deceived in this way, Jesus says, “You are wretched, your condition is miserable, you are exposed and naked before a Holy God.” I. The Danger of Lukewarmness (14-16) One of the first things
Text: Genesis 32:1-32 Introduction Jacob finally extricated himself from his slave-like condition under his uncle Laban, only to find himself facing a life-threatening encounter with his brother Esau as Jacob returns home. For this reason, Genesis 32 is—among other things—a lesson on how to handle fear and anxiety; on how to face painful crises; on how to deal with tough decisions that must be made.
Text: Genesis 31:1-55 Introduction Although the title of today’s message is simply “Jacob Leaves Laban,” we will see that there is actually nothing simple at all about Jacob trying to extricate himself from Laban’s slave-like treatment of him. In fact, it will become evident that it only thru divine help and intervention that Jacob can succeed… just as it is true of every one of us, that our only hope for deliverance from the enemies of our soul, of our family, of our security is that God must stand for us, must speak authoritatively on our behalf.
Text: Genesis 30:1-43 Introduction The lessons set before us today can literally save your marriage, can salvage your family relationships, can solve your own heart’s relentlessly unsatisfying hunt for happiness. Our text in Genesis 30 records two of the most common challenges for every human: the temptation for women, on the one hand, to find their identity in their family, and the temptation for men, on the other hand, to find their identity in their work. The great problem with replacing God’s pleasure at our core, as the source of our identity, is that nothing in the universe is big
Text: Genesis 29:1-35 Introduction In Genesis 29, Jacob arrives in Haran. It will be 20 years before he is able to return to the Promised Land! God had promised to bless Jacob, and had said, “I will not leave you.” And Jacob will, indeed, be blessed with numerous descendants; Jacob will indeed have God divinely overlooking and overruling on his behalf… yet the fulfillment of these divine promises and blessings in Jacob’s life looks very different from what we might expect! Yes, Jacob will eventually become wealthy and have a big family – but before that happens he will be
Text: Genesis 28:1-22 Introduction The story of grace continues in Genesis 28. Jacob has up to this point been disobedient to God, selfish in his decisions, and dishonest even with his own family. While Jacob is reaping the consequences of his own sin—alone, homeless, and with uncertain prospects for his future in an unfamiliar land—God is meanwhile pursuing Jacob with his gracious purposes. God breaks into the dream Jacob has formed for himself—which is looking more and more like a nightmare—and God gives him a new, heaven-sent vision. Jacob will succeed because God is gracious, because God will give him—not
Text: Genesis 27:1-46 Introduction There are no heroes in Genesis 27. This chapter completes the story of how God’s prophecy concerning Esau and Jacob comes to pass, that the older brother will serve the younger. Yet, throughout this chapter, both parents work against each other and against God’s will in order to side with their favorite child. Both children behave deplorably as well. It is for this very reason that this chapter, as much perhaps as any other in the Bible, reminds us of the offensiveness of grace! There is no one in this chapter who deserves blessing… yet blessing
Text: Genesis 26:1-35 I. God Appears to Isaac (vv.1-11) As we’ve noticed already in Genesis, there are numerous points of mirror-like similarity btw the lives of Abraham and of Isaac. This is even alluded to here in v.1—Isaac faces a famine in the Promised Land just as Abraham did back in Ge 12:10. And in vv.2-6 Isaac, like Abraham, faces the temptation to flee the famine in the Promised Land and run to Egypt for security. But… The Lord/Yahweh appears to Isaac, as he did Abraham in Gen. 12, and initiates a gracious covenant with Isaac, just has he did with Abraham.
Text: Genesis 25:1-34 I. Abraham Dies, Leaving Behind Nations (vv.1-18) vv.1-6 is a summary of additional descendants from Abraham. Yet, the main point of this passage comes in vv.5-6, as we are specifically told thatIsaac is especially chosen among all Abraham’s other children. Not just Ishmael, as we’ve already seen, but among Keturha’s sons as well. To mark this special status, while Abraham ‘gave gifts’ to his other children and sent them away, Isaac alone was Abraham’s heir. vv.7-11 after 175 years, Abraham’s remarkable life comes to its conclusion. Though these verses record Abraham’s death, the emphasis here is on Abraham’s blessed
Text: Genesis 24:1-67 Introduction Genesis 24 ends with the picture-perfect marriage between Rebekah and Isaac. But this is the climax of what is actually the longest single narrative in the book of Genesis! The chapter begins, however, not with a picture-perfect situation but with the the simple, telling statement: “Abraham was old.” Which means Isaac is also getting older, about 40 years old at this point. Now this is sounding less like a whirlwind romance and more like the agonizing, patience-trying, prayer-inducing challenge that many godly people face, isn’t it? How does a long, painful trial end in a picture-perfect
Text: Genesis 23:1-20 I. Sarah Dies in the Promised Land (vv.1-2) Consider this remarkable woman and her legacy: He 11:8, 11-12 Sarah’s faith was as integral to bringing about the promised seed as Abraham’s! Sarah, along with Abraham, left familiar homeland and family, wandered for years holding onto God’s promises, and ultimately by faith was supernaturally empowered to conceive when both she and Abraham were ‘as good as dead’ as far as any natural ability to conceive children was concerned. As faithful as Esther and Ruth were in the OT, and as godly as Jesus’ mother Mary was in the NT, we are
Text: Genesis 20:1-18 Introduction Do you ever feel like you haven’t made any progress in your walk with Christ? Like you’re still struggling with sins that you should have defeated and left behind years ago? In Genesis chapter 20 we discover that even Abraham, the father of the faithful, was similarly feeble. In fact, Genesis 20 feels like deja vu as we read an almost identical account to Abraham’s interaction with Pharaoh from earlier in Genesis 12—at the beginning of Abraham’s faith-walk, 25 years before! However, Genesis 20 is not just the story of Abraham and his struggles; it is
Text: Genesis 19:1-38 Introduction Coming in our study of Genesis to chapter 19, the events here recorded are so horrific that it is challenging to even review them in a co-ed, multi-aged meeting. The sin of Sodom, and the accompanying judgment of God upon the city, has rightly and purposefully become proverbial. The destruction of Sodom is such a solemn event, such a warning sign planted into the soil of history, that it is often referenced afterward in Scripture as a reminder of God’s eternal punishment against all sin. Sodom is mentioned 48 times by name in the whole Bible;
Text: Genesis 18:1-33 Introduction In Genesis 18, God reminds Abraham there is nothing to hard for the Lord. God is sovereignly working, even in our most difficult or lengthy trials. Yet, the Lord confers to Abraham the amazing privilege of being a conduit of blessing to the world. The fact that God is the God of the impossible does not mean Abraham should just sit on the sidelines and watch what happens. The same God who sovereignly brings salvation has also sovereignly chosen Abraham as an instrument through whom He will work. Based then on God’s sovereign working and God’s