July 16, 2017 – Dirty Laundry: Sons of Enmitty

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • From hopelessness, scarcity, with prayer and obedience come abundance from God.
  • Rebekah gives birth to twins – Esau and Jacob; two nations. Two personalities foretold to be in strife.
  • Esau gives up his birthright (inheritance of Isaac) to Jacob for food (manipulation by Jacob).
  • Additional strife: Rebekah favored Jacob. At Isaac’s death, Rebekah directs Jacob to disguise himself as Esau and receives the blessings from Isaac. Jacob then flees, having angered Esau and feared retribution.
  • Jacob was an ambitious trickster.  His actions resulted in long conflict, separation.  Esau was a fool, not taking hold of his inheritance, the blessings promised to him.
  • Esau would hold bitterness.
  • Reconciliation would be long coming.
  • Neither realized they were both to be recipients of God’s blessing.
  • After time, God orchestrates a transformation – Jacob becoming the heir to God’s abundant blessing, His blessing.
  • Take-away:
    • A little ambition is good (Jacob)
    • Don’t underestimate God’s abundance, His ability to bless.
    • Because of Jesus, we are all heirs to God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, God’s people of Israel. Jesus fulfills the promise.
    • The conflicts in all the stories, when giving our lives to God, we receive redemption and the blessings of God.
  • In Jesus, we become heirs to the promise and are reconciled to God and each other