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  • Works of the Flesh (Genesis 27:24-34) Feb 22, 2013
    Views 1 Update Feb 22, 2013 Speakers Mike Lee


    24 "Are you really my son Esau?" he asked. "I am," he replied.
    25 Then he said, "My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing." Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank.
    26 Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son, and kiss me."
    27 So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, "Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed.
    28 May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness-- an abundance of grain and new wine.
    29 May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed."
    30 After Isaac finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left his father's presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.
    31 He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, "My father, sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing."
    32 His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau."
    33 Isaac trembled violently and said, "Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him--and indeed he will be blessed!"
    34 When Esau heard his father's words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, "Bless me--me too, my father!"

    Reflection
    Deceitful Kiss (27:24-29)

    One lie always leads to another lie. Jacob keeps adding sins to his previous ones. First, he impersonates his brother. Second, he lies to his father when he says, “I am Esau.” A kiss is a part of Jacob’s deception of Isaac, even as a kiss is a part of Judas’ betrayal of Christ. Isaac is deceived. Jacob is blessed. But it is a long time before the blessing is fulfilled in Jacob’s life. How much we blame God for things that are nothing but acts of the flesh?the reaping of what we have sown. How tragic it is when we blame God for the works of the flesh.

    Selfish Desires (27:30-34)
    When Isaac learns that the last son to appear to him is actually Esau, he is suddenly awakened to his failure to heed God’s plan. Although Isaac does not upset the plan of God, he reaps serious results from what he has sown. Jacob has to flee from home as a result of his conniving. Rebekah never sees Jacob again, because she dies before he returns. Even though Isaac lives another forty-three years after the incident of the blessing, nothing else is recorded about him except his death. After sending Jacob away, Isaac disappears from the biblical scene. About thirty years later, Jacob sees his father again, but his mother has already died. The entire family is affected because they have sown to the flesh. They have sought their selfish desires rather than seeking to please God.

    Application
    - Have you been blaming others for your mistakes? Have you been blaming God for your selfishness? It is time to get the record straight by confessing sin and admitting fault. Then rest in His grace.

    - We all fail and make mistakes from time to time. But be reminded that His grace is bigger than our failures and mistakes. His purposes will prevail over our sins. Praise God and remember His promises.

    A letter to God
    Dear Jesus, Your grace is enough! Your grace changes everything! Please renew my heart and mind. May the Holy Spirit overpower my flesh, and may Your plans and purposes be realized in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • The Big Picture (Genesis 41:46-57) Apr 7, 2013
    Views 2 Update Apr 7, 2013 Speakers Jae Ryun Chung

     

    46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh's presence and traveled throughout Egypt.
    47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully.
    48 Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it.
    49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.
    50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.
    51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, "It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household."
    52 The second son he named Ephraim and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering."
    53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end,
    54 and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food.
    55 When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph and do what he tells you."
    56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt.
    57 And all the countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the world.

     

    Reflection

    Turning Thirty (41:46-50)

    When Joseph is finally placed in the position of power and influence, he is thirty years old. It has been thirteen long years of waiting, doubting, and struggling. He has been treated as a servant, falsely accused and put into prison, and has endured what most of us would call unbearable. But in that struggle, strength of character has been forged. His faith in God has deepened in a way that only suffering and trusting in God can bring about. The intense pressure-cooker of life that was his last thirteen years has prepared him for this moment when he will become the second most powerful man in the great Egyptian kingdom. Yet he remains humble. He is focused on God. He is the man that God needs for this job, in this time.

     

    - For Joseph, thirty was a milestone. Everything changed, and God’s plan accelerated in his life. Consider the years you have lived and the years you may have left. Isn’t it time for God’s will in your life?

     

    Manasseh & Ephraim (41:51-57)

    Joseph has been charged with implementing the seven-year plan to gather food from the plentiful harvest in order to prepare for the impending famine. He is busy, but life is good. He has a wife, a family; sons whom he has named Manasseh and Ephraim. If these names sound familiar, they should be, for these boys become the half-tribes of Israel in place of Joseph. However, right now, he is unaware that there is more to come?a confrontation with his brothers, overcoming the bitterness of betrayal, understanding forgiveness, and finding healing with his family. God’s plans include his entire family, i.e., the nation of Israel. God’s plans are always bigger than we assume.

     

    - It is hard for us to imagine how everything “fits” together. But then again, it is not our job to know. There is confidence in knowing that God knows. Do you trust that your future is secure?