Genesis 27: 1-40 – The World in Front of the Text

This week we’ve been looking deeper at Genesis 27: 1-40.  In the last few days, we’ve looked deeper at what we can learn by looking within the text. In the next few days, we are going to look at what this text can mean to our lives, today.  Today we are going to look at verse 1-29.

For me when I read this passage, I think about this – no one is perfect.  No family is perfect.  No life is perfect.  This is the perfect illustration of this.  Let’s look deeper at what is happening.  We have Rebekkah, who is willing to do whatever she can do to actively help one son gain something over the other.  Then we have Issac who is so weak and frail that he is easily fooled into giving a child a blessing that was not theirs to have. Then we have Esau who created this entire problem by being so driven by his desires and impulses that he sold his birthright for a bowl of soup. And finally, we have Jacob, pour, pour Jacob.  Who basically stole his brother’s birthright, now (with the help of his mama, steals his blessing).  So, if you feel like your family is messed up, let me tell you, you don’t hold a candle to these people.

Why does this matter?  These are the folks through whom the promise flows, these are the folks who God uses.  These are the ones who become the folks who are the stuff of legend within our faith.  These are the folks who Hebrews 11 lefts up for commendation as folks that we should look to as examples of our faith.

God uses the imperfect.  He uses the ones that get it wrong.  He uses the ones who can’t figure it out. He uses the ones who fail, all so that His grace can be proved as perfect.

It’s all about Him.  No me, not you.  Him. That’s what it is about.  These stories show us that it is His grace at work in us that makes all the difference.

His perfection is what matters.  Not ours.  Never forget that.

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One thought on “Genesis 27: 1-40 – The World in Front of the Text

  1. Listening to Pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones this afternoon in a Friday night sermon on lessons from Romans 9 in which he said much the same thing about G-D using the imperfect people.

    L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .

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