1. Hello, listening friends.
2. What a joy it is for us to know that you have tuned in to this broadcast.
3. Today, we’ll be looking at Genesis, Chapter 27, verses 1, to Chapter 28, verse 5.
4. It’s a long passage, but, if you have your Bible, please turn with me to that passage.
5. I want to begin by saying that the Bible often speaks of the blessings of unity—
6. unity in the home and unity among believers.
7. The psalmist said that there are spiritual blessings in store for those who come in unity with God.
8. If you read the Scripture carefully, you will find, from Genesis to Revelation, that there is unity in the Godhead.
9. There is unity in the holy trinity.
10. In Genesis, you often hear the phrase, “Let us...”
11. That is a total unity in the Trinity.
12. Like all families, my family faced many difficulties in life;
13. but, when we, in desperation, came in total unity before God,
14. we saw again and again God’s supernatural intervention in answered prayer.
15. Probably, some of you are saying, “Does that mean that God does not answer individual prayer?”
16. Of course He does;
17. but there is a reason why Jesus sent His disciples two by two.
18. There is power in unity.
19. Isaac and Rebekah’s lack of unity and obedience to God’s will exasperated the tension between their two boys, Jacob and Esau.
20. Let me remind you of what I told you in the last message.
21. Earlier on, God revealed His will to Rebekah and Isaac.
22. The blessings of Abraham would be fulfilled in the younger son, Jacob, and not in the older son, Esau.
23. This is a reversal of the cultural norm of the day.
24. We also saw that Rebekah favored Jacob and Isaac favored Esau.
25. Esau casually sold his birthright to Jacob for a cup of soup.
26. Now, years have passed.
27. Here, we find Isaac to be getting old, and it is time to pass the blessing of his father, Abraham, to his son.
28. Which son do you think he should pass the blessing to?
29. Well, which son did he try to pass the blessing to?
30. Did he act on his own will or the will of God?
31. Ah, here’s the problem.
32. The problem for Isaac is the problem for most of us, if not all of us.
33. Do you know what it is?
34. We often act on our emotions, instead of acting on the truth of the Word of God.
35. We often respond to our feelings, instead of in obedience to God.
36. We often try to circumvent God’s Word in favor of our desires.
37. Do you do that, my listening friend?
38. Why else do you think Isaac was making this transaction with Esau in secret?
39. Just like his father, Abraham, who tried to convince God that Ishmael should be the son of promise,
40. now, Isaac is trying to get God to agree with him, instead of submitting to God’s revealed will.
41. My listening friend, are you getting this?
42. This series of messages is all about the grace of God.
43. God’s grace has the power to overrule our worst failures;
44. and I want to demonstrate that to you right now.
45. Isaac ended up being deceived by the very senses that he sought to satisfy.
46. What do I mean by this?
47. It is tragic to see a man at odds with his family.
48. What is even more tragic is to see a man at odds with God’s Word and God’s instruction.
49. In the New Testament, the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 11, verse 20, Isaac is described as a man of faith.
50. You say, “How can that be?
51. We just saw how he was bent on disobedience to the revealed will of God.”
52. Ah, the reason he is described as a man of faith is because of the grace of God.
53. Let me explain.
54. When Isaac was caught in his deception in Genesis 27, verse 33,
55. Isaac trembled because his wrong intentions had been exposed;
56. and, finally, he did the right thing and blessed Jacob again and sent him out.
57. My listening friend, the grace of God not only overrules, but when you repent, God gives you credit.
58. Someone said to me, “But wasn’t Rebekah, by using Jacob to deceive her husband, Isaac, actually doing the will of God?
59. After all, Rebekah received an oracle from the Lord;
60. therefore, she was not merely looking out for her favorite son.
61. Wasn’t she trying to save the day and stop her husband from making a terrible mistake,
62. or, was she actually trying to bring about the will of God?
63. Would it not be correct to say that she was merely trying to stop her husband from going against God’s Word?”
64. My listening friend, this is very important. Listen carefully.
65. The end does not justify the means.
66. Deception is deception, regardless of the reason for which it is done.
67. Let me ask you, my listening friend. Have you recognized the temptation here?
68. Let me make it very clear. This is one of Satan’s favorite temptations.
69. It is called “shortcuts to the will of God.”
70. How do I know that it is Satan’s favorite temptation?
71. Because he tried it again and again.
72. He came to Jesus in the wilderness and said to Him, “We both know that You are going to be the sovereign King of the universe.
73. You know and I know that You are going to be the sovereign Judge of the world.
74. Oh, but just let me show You an easy way to Your destination.
75. There is a simple way to achieve what You’ve come to earth to accomplish.
76. There is a way to avoid this horrible necessity of the cross, and let me take You there.”
77. My listening friends, always be leery of Satan’s short cuts.
78. Here is the question that you need to always ask yourself.
79. Can God fulfill His promises without my help?
80. And here’s something you must never forget.
81. You cannot overcome one sin by committing another sin.
82. That is never God’s way;
83. so what should Rebekah have done in these circumstances?
84. Very simple.
85. She should have gone to Isaac and said to him, “Isaac, my darling, I overheard what you’re about to do.
86. Have you forgotten what God said?
87. Have you forgotten God’s oracle to us about Jacob?
88. Have you forgotten how God answered your prayers on my behalf and gave us two boys?
89. Have you forgotten the promises of God?”
90. Do you know why I think Rebekah did not say that to her husband, Isaac?
91. First of all, I think Isaac, at that point of his life, had the hardening of the heart;
92. and Rebekah probably was convinced that he would not listen to her anyway;
93. but I think there was more to it than that.
94. I think Isaac and Rebekah had stopped communicating with each other years earlier;
95. and, when communication between husband and wife ceases to exist,
96. sin will be easily and readily available.
97. When communication between husband and wife breaks down,
98. Satan is always waiting in the wings to interfere.
99. When communication between husband and wife stops,
1. what often takes place is a power struggle;
2. so Rebekah also did the wrong thing.
3. She set a terrible example for her boys.
4. What a missed opportunity for Rebekah to have taught her sons to trust the Lord!
5. Her sons needed to be instructed in the Word of God.
6. They needed to learn to believe in the Lord;
7. but, instead, Jacob learned the art of deception
8. and Esau learned to harden his heart in rebellion.
9. Of course, Esau and Jacob should not pass the blame onto their parents for their sin.
10. They cannot do that now, because they were responsible adults.
11. My listening friends, probably the majority of our parents have made mistakes with us;
12. but there is no excuse for any of us to spend the rest of our lives blaming our parents.
13. There has to come a time in each of our lives when we say, “Whatever mistakes my parents made, I am responsible for myself now.”
14. Now, remember this:
15. the grace of God is ready to heal you.
16. The grace of God is ready to embrace you.
17. The grace of God is ready to empower you.
18. The grace of God is ready to restore to you all the years that have been eaten by the locusts;
19. so I end my message, my listening friend, where I began,
20. emphasizing the power of agreement in prayer.
21. Had Isaac and Rebekah been united in prayer,
22. had Isaac and Rebekah been united in purpose,
23. had Isaac and Rebekah been united in obedience,
24. the story would have been written differently;
25. but the Bible is about the revelation of God’s grace;
26. and the Bible holds these people up for us to ask each of us an important question.
27. Are you experiencing hardness of the heart?
28. Then, there is hope for you in Christ.
29. Turn to Him.
30. Are you experiencing the pains of guilt and shame because of past deceptions?
31. There is hope for you in Christ. Turn to Him.
32. Are you experiencing a sense of unworthiness?
33. There is every hope for you in Christ. Turn to Him.
34. Are you discouraged and defeated because you took some shortcuts in the past?
35. There is living hope for you in Christ. Turn to Him.
36. Are you experiencing disunity in your marriage relationship?
37. There is every hope for you in Christ. Turn to Him.
38. Is your family under attack because of sin in the past?
39. There is every hope for you in Christ. Turn to Him.
40. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.