Stories of a Dysfunctional Family Jacob Steals the Blessing
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Application #1 – Am I creating or living any plans that are contrary to Stories of a Dysfunctional Family God’s Word? “Jacob Steals the Blessing” Dating or marrying an unbeliever (2 Corinth 6:14) Genesis 27 – June 7, 2009 Having sex outside of marriage or engaging in sexual immorality such as pornography or strip clubs (Exodus 20:14; Ephesians 5:3) Genesis Sermon Series Continues Buying something I cannot afford and that God has not provided the funds for (Luke 12:15; Psalm 37:21; Proverbs 6:1-5; Romans 13:8) STORIES OF A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY Keeping God’s portion for myself (Lev. 27:30; Malachi 3:7-12; 2 Cor. 9:6-11) A 19-Week Sermon Series on Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob from Genesis 12-36 Other: Date Message Title Scripture Ecclesiastes 6:9(NLT) – Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what March 15 The Call of Abram Genesis 11:10-12:9 you don’t have. March 22 Generational Sin Genesis 12:10-20; 20:1-18; 26:1-35 March 29 Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 13:1-18; 18:16-33; 19:1-38 2. Do not create plans behind your spouse’s back (27:5-13) April 5 Who is Melchizedek? Genesis 14:1-24 Rebekah is devising plans that are working against her husband! Each April 12 The Abrahamic Covenant Genesis 15:1-21 spouse is working a plan for their favorite child! This is sick! It is April 19 The Hagar “Solution” Genesis 16:1-16; 21:8-21; 25:12-18 dysfunctional! It is the opposite of oneness in marriage. April 26 The Circumcision Covenant Genesis 17:1-27 Isaac and Rebekah need to sit down and talk and get on the same page. May 3 The Birth of Isaac Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-34 They need to pursue oneness. They need to talk and discuss and pray May 10 God Tests Abraham Genesis 22:1-24 and defer to one another and obey God’s Word together. They need to May 17 The Deaths of Abraham and Sarah Genesis 23:1-20; 25:1-11 be one. May 24 Choosing a Mate for Isaac Genesis 24:1-67 Application #2 – Am I taking any actions or approaches that are working May 31 The Birth of Jacob and Esau Genesis 25:19-34; 26:34-35; 36:1-43 contrary to oneness in my marriage? Am I taking any actions in the area June 7 Jacob Steals the Blessing Genesis 27:1-40 of children or finances or sex or our home that are working contrary to June 14 Jacob’s Ladder Genesis 27:41-28:22 oneness in my marriage? If so, I will apologize to my spouse and sit June 21 Jacob’s Dysfunctional Family Genesis 29:1-30:24 down and talk it out and pursue oneness (even if it means not getting June 28 Jacob’s In-law Problems Genesis 30:25-31:55 my way). August 2 Jacob Wrestles with God Genesis 32:1-33:20 Note on marital standstills: If after much work, agreement cannot be August 9 Dinah’s Rape Genesis 34:1-31 August 16 Israel’s Name Genesis 35:1-29 reached, then go with the husband’s leadership (Ephesians 5:22-24). Note on Verse 13: To our knowledge, Rebekah never sees her “favorite Five Major Mistakes to Avoid from Genesis 27 son” Jacob again after this. 1. Do not create plans contrary to God’s Word (27:1-4) 3. Do not lie, cheat, and steal to pursue success (27:14-29) Isaac’s plans here are contrary to God’s Word in Genesis 25:23 where Jacob did not need to do all of this to get God’s covenantal blessing – it God declared that the Abrahamic covenant would continue through the was already his! (Genesis 25:23) younger son (Jacob) versus the older son (Esau). Jacob is more worried about getting caught than he is about doing what Isaac’s love for delicious food was greater than his desire to do God’s is right (27:11-12) will. How ridiculous Jacob must have looked as he walked before blind Isaac! Why is Isaac so angry in Genesis 27:33 (“trembled violently”)? Because Notice the progression of Jacob’s lies – deception always leads to more his own son deceived him but also because his plans to circumvent deception: God’s plans were unsuccessful. o Lie #1 – about his name (v.19) Proverbs 19:21 – Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's o Lie #2 – about his obedience (v.19) purpose that prevails. o Lie #3 – about the food (v.19) Proverbs 21:30 – There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can o Lie #4 – about God (v.20) – he made God his accomplice! succeed against the Lord. o Lie #5 – about his identity (v.24) o Lie #6 – about his affection (v.26)(Luke 22:48) In addition to these lies, he stole his brother’s garment and blessing. Hebrews 12:16-17 – See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless Note: Jacob got what he schemed for. The consequences of deception like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest are not always immediate, and it may appear that you are getting away son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, with it and that this was the “right” thing to do. he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he Galatians 6:7 – Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man sought the blessing with tears. reaps what he sows. Esau did not shed tears of repentance but rather tears of regret. Lack of Jacob sowed deception here, and he will reap deception from Laban as repentance leads to a life of regret. Jacob is deceived regarding Rachel (Genesis 29:25) and is deceived Application #4 - What planks (2x4) do I need to get out of my own eye? regarding his wages ten times (Genesis 31:41). What sins do I need to repent of? In what ways am I playing the “blame Application #3 – Are there any ways that I am being deceptive in my game” rather than taking responsibility for my own sins? I am deciding marriage, family, work, business, taxes, or relationships? If so, what do I today that I am NOT going to live a life of regret, therefore…. need to do to make this right? 5. Do not withhold your blessings from others (27:30-40) FOUR STEPS TO OVERCOMING LYING: There is no reason that Isaac could not have blessed both of his children. 1. Confess all my lies to God and receive His forgiveness. The covenantal rights of being the “father” of Messiah could only pass 2. Confess every lie to each person I have lied to. to one son, but there is no reason that Isaac could not bless both of his 3. Decide (with God’s help) to tell the truth in all things both great and sons. Jacob blessed all of his sons (Genesis 49) and Moses blessed all small and ask God to fill you with His Spirit in order to actually live the tribes of Israel (Deuteronomy 33). this. Application #5 – Do not withhold your blessing from others… but rather 4. Repeat Steps #1,2, and 3 whenever I goof up. freely bless all the people in your life. Bless your spouse. Bless each and every one of your children and grandchildren. Bless each of your Note: Deceitful ways are not justified even if the cause is good. friends. Bless your fellow church members. Bless those God assigns you Undoubtedly, Rebekah and Jacob believed they were helping God to minister to. Bless your enemies. achieve His will as revealed in Genesis 25:23. Griffith Thomas: “Righteousness can never be laid aside, even though ELEMENTS OF A BLESSING: our object is yet more righteousness.” 1. Positive words. Psalm 32:2 – Blessed is the man… in whose spirit is no deceit. 2. Meaningful touch (physical affection). 3. A gift. 4. Do not blame others and ignore your own sins and 4. Time together. faults (27:36) What Jacob did was wrong! But… Esau had plenty of his own sin issues A person I sense God leading me to bless this week is… to deal with. Instead of dealing with them, he played the “blame game” and focused on Jacob’s sins (27:36). Matthew 7:3-5 – Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How Questions to Discuss with Family, Friends, and Your Small Group can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' 1. Does anyone have a childhood story of where lying got them into a big, fat, hairy when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first mess? take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to 2. Read Genesis 27:1-40 aloud and discuss its meaning and applications using these remove the speck from your brother's eye. notes. Look up the extra Scriptures referenced. Share your applications with each The planks (2x4) in Esau’s eye: other and pray for each other. 1. He did not value his birthright. He sold it for a bowl of soup! (25:29-34). 2. He did not value or revere God’s Word. God declared Jacob as the covenantal heir (25:23). 3. He was unequally yoked by marrying unbelievers (26:34-35; 36:2-3).