This Sunday morning I am returning back to the book of Genesis and to the Life of Jacob. I have been using one word terms to express the emphasis or sections in the book of Genesis. The first was “Beginnings” (Chapters 1-11)…the second was “Journey” (the Life of Abraham). The next series will be entitled “Strife” and will cover the life of Jacob. Jacob’s life was filled with strife…at the beginning, while he was still in his mother’s womb, and toward the end when he would actually wrestle with God. Strife would drive him from his home, strife would take 14 years of his life working for his uncle…and strife was his fear as he went back home.
In our own lives there are many opportunities for strife, so hopefully we can learn from Jacob’s example and the lessons taught in God’s word. This Sunday we will look at the birth of Jacob and Esau. It is an extraordinary birth that teaches us that man is often times at odds (strife) with the plan of God. God’s sovereignty or grace at times does not fit our plans or purpose or thought. Surely, Esau, the first born, would be God’s chosen…receive the double portion of inheritance. That is natural! That’s the rule in the Jewish faith! Yet, God has something entirely different in mind.
It is the wise person who learns to bow to the will of God and not strive with the wisdom and purpose of God!
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.