Genesis 28:10-22, 32:22-32 –  TRANSFORMED BY CRISES

  • How has a crisis changed your life, and how was it beneficial?
  • Consider the reminders found in Hebrews 12:5-11 and Psalm 94:12-19.

The life of Jacob was transformed by two major crises, both involving his brother Esau. Jacob had deceived his Father and stole what Esau thought was his, the blessing. Esau was ready to kill him. After over 20 years away from Esau, Jacob, a rich man, returned. He sent word to Esau that he was returning, and he was told that Esau was coming to meet him with 400 men. Again Isaac feared for his life. These two crises give us insights about the crises that we face.

CONTEXT

  • A stressful pregnancy – Genesis 25:20-23
  • Two distinct people and nations. – Esau named “hairy”. Jacob named cheat, supplanter, or “one who grabs the heal”. Genesis 25:24-27
  • Family Division – Genesis 25:28
  • Birthright sought and taken by Jacob. Jacob valued it. Esau despised it. Genesis 25:29-34

(This is when Esau started to be called “Red” or Edom.)

  • The Patriarchal blessing that should have gone on Jacob was going to be bestowed upon Esau by his Father, Isaac. The big deception and fall out takes place in Genesis 27.
  • Esau became very bitter and was ready to kill Jacob as soon as their father died.

Genesis 27:36-41

  • Jacob was forced to flee. Genesis 27:42-28:5

THE COMFORTS

  1. Presence of God – Genesis 28:10-12, 15, John 15:4-7
  2. Promises of God – Genesis 28:13-14, Mark 13:31
  3. Protection of God –Genesis 28:15, John 10:27-30

INTERLUDE # 1 – Jacob’s Vow – Genesis 28:16-22

  • There is much controversy concerning this vow. After receiving grace was Jacob trying to bargain with God? Genesis 28:20-21
  • I personally do not think so. I think Jacob is saying, “Since God has promised these things, this will be my response.”

INTERLUDE # 2 – Deceived, Tested, Prospered and Matured – Genesis 29-31

INTERLUDE #3 – Esau’s Second Threat – Genesis 32:1-8

INTERLUDE #4 – Petition to GodGenesis 32:9-12

INTERLUDE #5 – Guided to ActGenesis 32:13-23

MORE COMFORTS

  1. Persistence with God – Genesis 32:24-26, Hosea 12:4, Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11:13
  2. Position with God – Genesis 32:28 – He strove with God and prevailed. Jacob strived with God because He learned to cling to God. Psalm 27:4-9
  3. Preservation by God – Genesis 32:29, Romans 8:35-39

CONCLUSION

  • Jacob’s response and permanent disability – Genesis 32:30-31
  • Reconciliation with Esau – Genesis 33:1-16
  • What’s your conclusion?
  • How has a crisis changed your life, and how was it beneficial?
  • Consider the reminders found in Hebrews 12:5-11 and Psalm 94:12-19.

The life of Jacob was transformed by two major crises, both involving his brother Esau. Jacob had deceived his Father and stole what Esau thought was his, the blessing. Esau was ready to kill him. After over 20 years away from Esau, Jacob, a rich man, returned. He sent word to Esau that he was returning, and he was told that Esau was coming to meet him with 400 men. Again Isaac feared for his life. These two crises give us insights about the crises that we face.

CONTEXT

  • A stressful pregnancy – Genesis 25:20-23
  • Two distinct people and nations. – Esau named “hairy”. Jacob named cheat, supplanter, or “one who grabs the heal”. Genesis 25:24-27
  • Family Division – Genesis 25:28
  • Birthright sought and taken by Jacob. Jacob valued it. Esau despised it. Genesis 25:29-34

(This is when Esau started to be called “Red” or Edom.)

  • The Patriarchal blessing that should have gone on Jacob was going to be bestowed upon Esau by his Father, Isaac. The big deception and fall out takes place in Genesis 27.
  • Esau became very bitter and was ready to kill Jacob as soon as their father died.

Genesis 27:36-41

  • Jacob was forced to flee. Genesis 27:42-28:5

THE COMFORTS

  1. Presence of God – Isaiah 28:10-12, 15, John 15:4-7
  2. Promises of God – Isaiah 28:13-14, Mark 13:31
  3. Protection of God – Isaiah 28:15, John 10:27-30

INTERLUDE # 1 – Jacob’s Vow – Genesis 28:16-22

  • There is much controversy concerning this vow. After receiving grace was Jacob trying to bargain with God? Genesis 28:20-21
  • I personally do not think so. I think Jacob is saying, “Since God has promised these things, this will be my response.”

INTERLUDE # 2 – Deceived, Tested, Prospered and Matured – Genesis 29-31

INTERLUDE #3 – Esau’s Second Threat – Genesis 32:1-8

INTERLUDE #4 – Petition to GodGenesis 32:9-12

INTERLUDE #5 – Guided to ActGenesis 32:13-23

MORE COMFORTS

  1. Persistence with God – Genesis 32:24-26, Hosea 12:4, Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11:13
  2. Position with God – Genesis 32:28 – He strove with God and prevailed. Jacob strived with God because He learned to cling to God. Psalm 27:4-9
  3. Preservation by God – Genesis 32:29, Romans 8:35-39

CONCLUSION

  • Jacob’s response and permanent disability – Genesis 32:30-31
  • Reconciliation with Esau – Genesis 33:1-16
  • What’s your conclusion?