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Rachel and Leah had to make a choice regarding whether to remain with Jacob or stay with their father, Laban. It was a physical demonstration of the spiritual reality of our need to know where the true church is and to remain with it. So how can we tell who God is with and through whom he is ministering his covenant blessing. They are the one's who receive God's word in order to pursue God's will and way, and who choose suffering with God's people.
Sunday Sermon by Eddie Mayes - January 27, 2013 - http://MountainRock.org/Overcome-Your-Enemy
Have you ever wondered why God chose Mary to be the earthly mother of Jesus? Why her? What made her different or special? What about her made her the perfect choice? How can we become more usable for God?
As creatures created in God's image we were created for truth by the One Who is Truth. As finite creatures all humans must trust in a standard and source for truth. When we do not trust God and His Word we do not go on without trusting, but rather trust in our faulty and finite reasoning. As the apostle Paul expressed it in Romans 1, our sin is our denial and distortion of the truth that leads us to become people who are deceitful and untrustworthy. Since our sin is never done away with fully in this lifetime, God's people must always be on guard against denials and distortions of truth that lead to deceitful lives. The account of Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau in Genesis 27, in part, helps us guard against such deceit by revealing to us not only examples of such denials and distortions, but also reminding us that the only living and true God works through them to accomplish his promises.
The Word of God is a revelation of who He is and what He values.
Among other things it has been used to justify going to war, racism, misogyny, slavery, homosexuality, and even disbelief in God. What is it you might ask? The Bible. Yet people have also submitted to the Bible and became peacemakers, had their marriages restored, sold all they had and gave it away to the poor, chosen to forgive the most heinous offenses, and chosen a life of service. What is the difference?
In chapter 3 Paul says...if the church is going to be the true body of Christ you will need for the episkopos, elders who oversee the spiritual matters and the diakonos, deacons who oversee service ministries to be mature men of faith marked by piety and the women are to be faithful in all things ... and in the parallel passage found in Titus we saw that he is speaking to the older women who are supposed to be discipling younger women in the church. Today Paul now gives us the best reason you'll find anywhere in your Bible as to why you ought to live as you do for the Lord; verse 15 is the key to the entire letter.