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We pick up the story after Jacob has run away to escape the wrath of his brother, Esau. At the request of his mother, he visits her brother who is still as manipulative as he was when he tried to trick Isaac. Yet God uses Laban’s evil plans for His purposes, and protects Jacob under the Covenant.View Sermon
The four characters in this story either gave in to sinful urges, or showed lack of genuine repentance, or took God’s grace for granted.
Listen to how it affected relationship with God and one another, but how God ultimately was not defeated in his covenant purpose.
Hear also how this passage applies to Christian living today.
We seem to have a fascination with having to escape from something. Changing jobs, going on holiday, emigrating…etc.
In this passage, God’s people are called to endure, not to escape. Listen to how this applies to us today.
Covenant and election go hand in hand. This passage tells how election into God’s covenant cannot be taken for granted.View Sermon
Biblical “heroes” often act exactly the opposite to what we would have expected. For example, in this account of Abraham in Gerar.
But the story also shows how covenant blessing depends only on God’s faithfulness; not whether we deserve it.
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