Summary: A talk on God's sovereignty, and how He can use any situation to accomplish His will.

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Text: Heb 11:20, Gen 27:1-40, Title: Really Blind Faith, Date/Place: NRBC, 3/4/12, AM

Opening illustration:

Background to passage: Last Sun night we looked at Abraham’s life of faith with all its highs and lows, and the encouragement that it gives to the Christian. The next verse speaks of the faith of Isaac in the blessings of his sons regarding their future. So we are going to go back to Gen 27 and look at the account of the fight that was superintended by God to accomplish His own will. Aside: Blessings and Rites of Passage.

Main thought: God uses many means to ensure the accomplishment of His ends

A. Ingredients of a Mess (v. 1-17)

Ingredient #1: birth order. Lots of literature on the subject, but simply know that it was accepted at the time that the “first-born” was really the firstborn. And there are many rights that go with it: a 2X of the estate, father’s major blessing, status, legal responsibility, etc. God made it a point to say that “the older will serve the younger,” because it would go against the grain, against the norm.

Ingredient #2: favoritism. Immediately after the account of the barren Rebekah conceiving at about 40 years old, the bible speaks of Isaac’s propensity toward Esau, and Rebekah’s toward Jacob. We all know that sibling rivalry is bad enough, esp among twins, but to add favoritism to the mix was another poison in the mix. This favoritism played right into the events of chapter 27.

Ingredient #3: distrust. They don’t trust God, but they don’t trust each other either. Rather than a public blessing (which was the norm), Isaac kept it a secret. He wanted his favored son to be blessed. Rebekah didn’t trust her husband, because she had her “ear to the keyhole.” Isaac didn’t trust Jacob or Rebekah enough to tell them, but didn’t trust them in the actual blessing. Another poison to the family.

Ingredient #4: deception. Jacob’s name means “the one who grasps the heel.” He came out of the womb grasping. He traded a bowl of soup for a birthright. He limited his answers to one word ones once dad picked up on the voice. And he obviously came by it honestly from both sides. And the motivation was their own selfish ends.

Gen 25:23, Deut 21:15-17,

Illustration: Erika is one of the best examples of not letting your past slow you down. Cymba ran from his past, and forsook his responsibilities blaming it on something that happened to him a long time ago,

So since we are in it, let’s talk about it. #1: Two things: don’t let things like birth order and how you were raised determine your future. It is not required that you have trouble with relationships because your dad was a bad father (or an absent one). Secondly, sometimes we are all going to get the short end of the stick. Things don’t always have to be fair. Jesus didn’t get treated fairly, and he promised that if they hated him, that they would hate us. So GET OVER IT. Bad things will happen, injustice will happen, you will be taken advantage of, left out, kicked out, or whatever, but don’t play the victim, wallow in your pain, cling to some other time, etc. This is not to say that these things don’t hurt. But simply: don’t expect painless

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