Sermon Series – Jacob, Punk to Patriarch
Jacob’s journey to faith and accepting his place in God’s plan is full of schemes, betrayal, and family dysfunction. Yet, in the midst of the mess, God remains steadfast- offering relationship, provision, purpose, and new life. In Jacob’s story, we see our own mess and God’s saving grace for us as well.
Jacob is a schemer, an exploiter. He knows exactly how to manipulate Esau in order to get what he wants. He’s stirring up trouble. Cooking up a plan. He’s cut throat. He’s willing to take advantage of anybody to get what he wants, including his twin brother.
Esau is impulsive. He’s short sighted, reactionary, and quite the drama queen. He’s all about instant gratification. He’s gotta have it now. He makes the trade, eats, drinks, gets up, and leaves. Does he even consider the consequences of his choices? Does he even give them a second thought? He’s given up a superior inheritance for a bowl of beans. He’s despised his birthright for a full belly. It’s such a big deal, his descendants aren’t named after him (Esauites), they’re named after the stew, the red stuff, Edomites.
Through Christ, we are offered a beautiful, powerful, everlasting birthright. Beware trading your birthright for something fleeting. Claim your superior inheritance in Christ Jesus.
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