Summary: One of the most important responsibilities as your pastor is to help you leave a legacy that lasts; to make your life count for something more than the possessions you accumulate; to live in such a way that this world is changed because you touched som
Jokes: An elderly gentleman was having a great time at a senior citizen’s seminar when a young woman asked
him what kind of plans he had for the future. The 75 year old man said, “Honey, at my age, I don’t even buy
George Burns, an expert on growing old, said you know your getting old when:
-The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your bifocals
-You get winded playing chess
-Your children start to look middle-aged
-you sit in a rocking chair but you can’t get it going
-dialing long distance wears you out
-the little gray-haired woman you help across the street is your wife
-your knees buckle but your belt won’t
a. We have been talking about leaving something behind for eternity, something that will last, more
than just a memory, an etched gravestone, or a few treasured family photos.
i. We call that which we leave behind a legacy.
ii. One of the most important responsibilities as your pastor is to help you leave a legacy
that lasts; to make your life count for something more than the possessions you
accumulate; to live in such a way that this world is changed because you touched
1. It is my hope and prayer that each of us would leave multiple legacies in the lives
2. This week we will learn how we can leave a lasting family legacy.
2. Blessings and Curses
a. As I was looking through the bible to understand family legacies, I came back to Abraham and to
his sons and his grandsons.
b. Abraham had two sons: One by Hagar (Ishmaal) and one by Sarai (Isaac).
c. Abraham cared about both of them.
i. Genesis 17:17-22 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, "Will a son be
born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?" And
Abraham said to God, "If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!" Then God said,
"Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will
establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.
And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and
will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make
him into a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will
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bear to you by this time next year." When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God
went up from him.”
ii. Both of them received legacies, Ishmaal became a great nation, but God chose Isaac for
an everlasting covenant.
1. Muslims believe that Ishmaal is the chosen son of Abraham and that they are his
2. But the Jews and the bible (which predates the Koran and Mohammed by
well over 1500 years) makes it clear that Isaac is clearly the chosen son.
3. Isaac has his own legacy to pass on:
a. Genesis 27:1-4 “When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see,
he called for Esau his older son and said to him, "My son." "Here I am," he answered. Isaac
said, "I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. Now then, get your weaponsyour
quiver and bow-and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 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."
i. Isaac prepares to pass on the family legacy to his oldest son Esau. (eldest by a few
1. This legacy or blessing was a very important part of their lives, it was where they
found out what they were getting in dad’s will as well as they believed in the
power of the words spoken over them.
2. The Hebrew word for Blessing is “berakah” which meant to “transmit or endow
the power of God’s goodness and favor” through the spoken word with the laying
on of hands.”(Larry Christenson, The Christian Family, Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1970).
3. These words were often prophetic in their nature and result in their fulfillment in
the child’s life. In Heb 11:20a (Amplified) With eyes of faith Isaac, looking far
into the future, invoked blessings upon Jacob and Esau.
4. A blessing from the parent essentially asks for God’s favor upon the child.
ii. I don’t need to tell you the rest of the story because if you know your bibles, Rebecca,
Jacob and Esau’s mother overhears Isaac’s instructions. She favors her younger son and