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God’s Presence in our Darkest Moments

We are beginning a new series that will trace the lives of Jacob and Joseph and their journey with the God of the Scriptures through grace and brokenness, and God’s presence in our darkest moments.  Questions we will be challenged with include:

  • How does God continue to bring about his plan of redemption when his family of choice is broken and continues to make choices that deepen the wounds in their midst?
  • What can we learn about God’s faithfulness and grace in the midst of our own broken choices and difficult circumstances?

This week our journey begins with the birth of Esau and Jacob and the struggle they face with each other throughout their lives.  Each of the boys is favored by the other parent which leads to a series of encounters built upon deceit, poor choices, manipulation, and devastating loss.  For some of us, this story may be hard to imagine, but for many of us, the struggle between these two brothers mirrors our own family experiences and the realization that we need God to break our personal spirals of brokenness.

In preparation for our time together, please Read Genesis 25:21-34 and Genesis 27 and reflect on the following question: How do we bless or curse our children today?

God bless.

Genesis 25:21-34

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
    and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
    and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[a] 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.[b]Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents.28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[c])

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.

 

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