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Summary: God takes the sinful schemes of the patriarchs and accomplishes His soverign plan despite them.

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Genesis 26:34-27:40

August 31, 2003

Last week I was doing a little channel-surfing with the remote control. I came across a game show that I had never seen before. I think the name of it was "Friend or Foe?" From the few minutes I caught, the basic premise of the show is that two strangers work together to build up a pot of money. Then at the end of the show, they have to secretly vote whether they will be their partner’s friend or foe. If both vote friend, then they share the pot. If one votes friend and the other votes foe, then the foe gets to keep all the money. If they both vote foe, then neither of them get the money. The two I saw playing had run up about seven thousand dollars. Both of them voted foe - so neither got the money.

This morning we have the record of a game going on between two equally slimy teams. The two teams are made up of a father and a son and a mother and a son. The brothers are twins and each of the parents favour one of their sons over the other.

Team Number 1 Genesis 26:34-27:4

Isaac knows that Esau is doing all the wrong things, yet because he delivers tasty game, he favours him.

Go get food, and I will bless you.

Team Number Two Genesis 27:5-17

Sneaky A and Sneaky B

Rebekah has the plan

Jacob’s objection only relates to a fear of getting caught.

Plan in action Genesis 27:18-29

The aftermath of the plan Genesis 27:30-40

Why cannot Isaac give Esau the blessing?

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."

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Except in God’s economy. The nature of God’s grace. The ability for God to accomplish his will regardless of our sin.


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