Summary: A sermon on the birth of Jacob and his childhood. This sermon primarily covers the foolishness of Easu as to how he gave up his birthright and the blessings foolishly and how we God’s children lose our blessings.
Introduction: Today I want to speak on Jacob. As we trace his life, we will discover that he had as many defeats as victories. Jacob’s life is a struggle from the very beginning. He cheats and is cheated and loves and is betrayed. In short, here is man whose life resembles most of us, so there is a lot we can learn from him.
1. Lessons from Jacob’s Childhood.
In Genesis 25, we find the birth of Jacob. We see that he was born to godly parents. Genesis 25:19-21 19This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
a. Godly Parents.
One thing that stands out about Jacob is that he had godly parents. The story of Jacob begins with father’s desire for a child. Isaac and Rebekah had been married 19 years and had no children. Isaac was so disturbed by his desire for a child, that he earnestly sought the Lord in prayer. Perhaps Isaac recalled the story of his own parents, and their struggle with childlessness.
Let me tell you parents, the Bible says in Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Children are God’s promise and you see Abraham and Sarah were without a child, by faith God gave them a child. Then now Isaac and Rebekah are without children, they pray and God give them children. I pray that God bless our families with children. I pray that God open every blockage in Jesus’ name. There is nothing too hard for the Lord. Amen!
It is also interesting to note that later during her pregnancy, Rebekah was concerned about her condition as well as the condition of her baby. There seemed to be an unusual amount of movement on the part of the baby. She had no doctor or diagnostics for scan, so she took the matter directly to the Lord. Genesis 25:22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
Like her husband, Isaac, Rebekah sought answers from the Lord. Dear Parents, prayer is the greatest tool we have as we raise a generation for Jesus Christ. All that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer. What is it you are struggling with? Take it to the Lord in prayer.
b. The omniscience of God.
Genesis 25:23 The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”
As Rebekah prayed to the Lord, she received more information than she ever imagined. The Lord is not only omnipotent (all powerful, able to do the impossible, able to make them pregnant after 20 years), the Lord is omniscient, He is all knowing, able to see into the future! This passage supremely demonstrates the foreknowledge of God.
The God of the Bible is omniscient, all knowing; omnipotent, all powerful; omnipresent, ever present; as well as immutable or unchanging; and this is the God we teach and preach. Listen, our God not only knows the future, He is already there! It makes sense to pray because God knows all things and God controls all things!
The Lord revealed to Rebekah that she was to have twins and who would become two nations.
Joke: A husband was worried because his wife was expecting the third time. His friend asked him, “Why are you worried, you have gone through this before.” The husband said, “When my wife first became pregnant, she was reading ‘A Tale of Two Cities,’ and we had twins. The next time she was reading ‘The Three Musketeers’ and we had triplets. This time she is reading ‘Birth Of A Nation!'”
Rebecca gave birth to twins. Esau became the father of the Edomites. The decedents of Jacob were the Israelites.
Think about how powerful our God is! Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ God is in control. Even when the world around us seems out of control, we know that He is in control, that all things work together for good to those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose!
c. We are uniquely made.