Summary: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!
Grant van Boeschoten
December 28, 2008
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!
Becoming a Christian is a decision that is followed up by a lifetime of actions. When you become a Christian you gain some new names, God calls you his child, he calls you Holy, he calls you righteous and he calls you his own.
But how do the people around you see you. What are they calling you? It takes some work to get a new name.
Today we are going to look at the story of Jacob in the Bible whose name would one day be changed by God.
Jacob was the son of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham who was the man that God called from his homeland to a new land.
Jacob’s mother Rebekah had a difficult pregnancy with Jacob, and she didn’t know why, but God told her in a dream that…
Genesis 25:23 (NASB)
"Two nations are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people shall be stronger than the other;
And the older shall serve the younger."
Congratulations Rebekah, you’re having twins and they are fighting already, before they have even been born.
2 Sons – fight to see who would get out first
- Esau (hair),
- Jacob (one who takes by the heel, deceiver)
Esau – hunter (Jacob’s favorite)
Jacob – homely (Rebekah’s favorite)
It isn’t a good thing for kids to know who their parents favor. It can easily lead to jealousy and division. God loves us all equally and as parents we need to follow God’s example.
Esau – long hunt – very tired/hungry – could smell the stew (cinnabon)
Jacob NEGOTIATION – birthright
Esau – what good is it if I’m dead
Gen 25:33-34 (NRSV) 33 Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
When you make a bad decision, sometimes the results are impossible to hide from.
Could be argued…didn’t do anything wrong, took advantage of the situation, forced the issue, forced the promise of God
There is no right way to do the wrong thing.
-broke the law of love
-Effect on relationship – induced Esau’s animosity towards Jacob
You will find in life that you are better off to trust the promise of God then to force the promises of God
ex – Joseph (Genesis 37)
-Isaac – 60 – blind – wanted to give special blessing to Esau
-many scholars say that blessing belonged to the owner of the birthright
"Behold now, I am old and I do not know the day of my death. 3 "Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me; 4 and prepare a savory dish for me such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die."
Gen 27:2-4 (NASB)
• Issac was about to make a mistake, going against the word of God (older shall serve the younger).
• Rebecca came up with a plan
• Jacob posed as Esau and was blessed