Summary: As Christians, we must learn to appreciate and enjoy the image of God in others – even those who do not know Jesus Christ. Sometimes, lost people can be wonderful -- and may be more gracious than some who know the Lord.
Gracious Lost People
1. Lots of things in life are relative.
2. Do you know what the snail said as it road on the back of a tortoise? Wheeeee!
3. When we talk about people, we are usually talking in relative terms. In guys eyes, "all of sinned and fall short of the glory of God…There is none righteous, no, not one."
4. But, in human terms, we recognize that one can be relatively one way or another.
"He is a good guy. He is a creep." The good guy probably has his bad moment, and the creep probably has his good moments.
5. We have to take two truths into account: (1) Common grace and (2) the image of God.
Human beings – whether saved or lost, are in the image of God. Lost people are still in the damaged image of God. Saved people still have a sin nature.
6. As a result, it is not unusual to find some wonderful qualities in lost people, and some undesirable qualities in those who know the Lord.
7. Still, when we come to the Lord, there is that hunger that is inexplicable. Why is the Lord important – and fascinating – to some of us? Yet, when you talk to some people about your relationship to God, all you get is silence. No contribution to the discussion, no input from them, just silence.
8. Now I am not talking about people who are silent about everything, the very introverted types. No, I am talking about people who are good conversationalists – but just not comfortable talking about the Lord and His Word. Church, yes; the Lord, no.
9. Some people can be so nice that we wonder if they might not be saved – even though they do not profess Christ, or they profess Christ but are trusting in religious observances. I have known wonderful people professing all sorts of religion – or no religion at all. And I have known some professing Christians that I try to avoid. You have probably had the same experience.
Main Idea: As Christians, we must learn to appreciate and enjoy the image of God in others – even those who do not know Jesus Christ. Sometimes, lost people can be wonderful -- and may be more gracious than some who know the Lord.
I. Esau is GRACIOUS to His Brother (1-20)
A. Esau RECEIVES Jacob (1-7)
1. Jacob BRACES for the worst (1-2)
2. Jacob completely HUMBLES himself (3)
3. Esau EMBRACES his brother (4-5)
B. Esau Seeks to HELP Jacob Settle (8-15)
1. He RECEIVES Jacob’s Gift (8-11)
Proverbs 16:7, " When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him."
David Guzik comments, "…when Jacob gave such generous gifts, it was his way of saying to Esau he was sorry, and when Esau accepted the gifts, it was his way of accepting Jacob and saying he was forgiven. In that culture, you would never accept a gift from an enemy, only from a friend. To accept the gift was to accept the friendship."
2. He Offers to Bring Jacob HOME (9-15)
3. Jacob CAREFULLY Chooses Where He Will Live (16-19)
I think Jacob wanted to gain his bearings and not just go with his brother’s offer.
The virtue of DELAY!
➢ He had come from a bad experience with working with family.