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God will test your faith. For example in Genesis 22 1-14, we see how God tested Abraham. You may ask how are we tested. He gives us challenges (James 1:2-3), commands (Exodus 16:4), Responsibility (Luke 16:11), Conflicts (Luke 17:3-5), Confusion (Hebrews 11:17-19), and College (through teaching us). God tests us to show us that He provides to show us who we are and to show others whose we are.
Israel’s Rejection of the Gospel ● Paul’s Heart for his fellow Israelites: as an Apostle to the Gentiles (vs1-3) ● The Favored Status of Israel: in God’s plan of salvation history (vs4-5) --> Embrace an Intercessor’s Heart: and be well-versed in the OT Scriptures God’s Faithfulness and the Gospel ● The Word of God has Not Failed! – The true children of God are the children of the promise (vs6-9) ● God’s Purpose in Election Prevails! – by His powerful call and because of His covenantal love (vs10-13) --> Trust in God thru Faith in Christ: and humbly worship the faithful covenant-keeping God who has saved us!
In our second sermon on Genesis 25:19-34 we look at the recorded history from the perspective of what the interactions within Isaac and Rebekah's family means about them and God's family: the Church. While Malachi 1 and Romans 9 reveal that God chose to have mercy on Jacob and did not choose to have such mercy on Esau for salvation, such mercy worked itself out in a particular way in the historical details of Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau's lives. Their lives reveal that apart from God's sovereign mercy and grace there is no difference between those who are God's redeemed covenant people and those who are not. In addition, their lives reveal that to the degree that God's redeemed covenant people do not obey God they merely assist those outside the Church in sinning against God. It all reveals the profound humility and gratitude the Christian should have towards God.
Genesis 25:19 begins a new section in Genesis. This last main section in Genesis 25 expands on the story of Abraham and hints at what is to come. But how we interpret the events that are told about Jacob and Esau is central to all of what constitutes biblical Christianity, as the apostle Paul helps us understand in Romans 9. Paul's quote in Romans 9:13 of Malachi 1:2-3 regarding Jacob and Esau, after he quoted Genesis 25:23 reveals to us how we ought to understand the relationship Genesis 25:23 to verses 24 to 34. It reveals Yahweh as the sovereign Lord of history; the one who creates, sustains, controls, interprets, and judges all the events of human history. It is these truths that are abundantly revealed throughout Scripture and indeed all history, and we are aided in understanding these truths by the prophet Isaiah, whom the apostle Paul also relied as he wrote his letter to the Romans.
God provides. But exactly how? and when? But don’t christians still die from disease and starvation? Did God not provide for them? An in-depth look at Abraham, who was asked to offer up his son Isaac, helps us understand more fully these questions. God provided a ram for Abraham, and Isaac’s life was spared. Will (and if so, how) will He provide for you in your critical needs?
As Christ followers there is the dimension of Christian witness to the world in the way we “do marriage.” The importance that we ascribe to chastity and marriage and faithfulness and how we respect and treat one another - as well as whether or not we invite God to be the third person in our marriages - is a witness to the world of how God relates to God’s people.
Why do you doubt? Only believe. God has provided the lamb for the sacrifice.
Abram left Ur of the Chaldees by faith on a promise of God. Have you left or should you be leaving an Ur of your own?
Reflecting on God's hand at work in the lives of biblical characters can give us some perspective on our own. Too often we worry ourselves to the point of sickness over choices we face. We imagine that choosing wrong can wreck everything--including God's will for our lives. While our choices certainly are important and have real consequences, we need not worry about thwarting God's overall plan for our lives. It won't happen. Gen 15:1-5; 12-21; Gen 25; Gen 27; Gen 29; Gen 30; Gen 34; Gen 35; Gen 36; Prov 16:9; 2Pet 2:4-9
Robert uses Luke 17 to show how Jesus describes faiths power. The fuel of our powerful faith is sacrifice. In Genesis 12 and 22, we see God blessing Abraham's life and and asking for sacrifices to the point of even sacrificing his long awaited son. But of course God is always faithful. When He provides the offering of the ram in Isaac's stead, we see His love is the source of our faith. Robert reminds us to remember God's faithfulness, by praying continually and giving thanks in all circumstances.