January 27, 2019: Guard Your Desires

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:48)

The story of Jacob, Esau, and their parents. Isaac and Rebekah warns us that what we selfishly desire is what we willfully become.

The history of God’s redemption and grace for all humans is traced through Abraham, his son Isaac, and Isaac’s son Jacob.  The nation of Israel is named after Jacob.  Even though these three men play a crucial role in God’s relationship with the world, these three men were to blame for the deep dysfunction in their own families.  In the case of Jacob (as a son), the dynamics involved: two twin brothers who didn’t love each other, a father distant from one son, a mother who raised her favored son to be a deceiver, and parents who lacked much respect for one another.

God’s grace is displayed through a broken family, but there is also the lesson to pursue God’s honor instead of our own.

Scripture references: Genesis 25, 27

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