Sermons in “Genesis”
In this passage, which continues into Genesis chapters 43 and 45, Joseph was placed in a position where he could take revenge on his brothers for what they did to him several years before. However, to fulfill covenant promises, God lead Joseph on a journey of forgiveness and restoration of broken relationships.
Listen to the talk to understand how revenge can never bring healing.
Christian families are not perfect and are subject to the messy, brokenness of the world. In fact, messiness is a Covenant reality. But, listen to this talk to understand that God does have a plan for messiness, and how brokenness is redeemed ultimately in Christ.View Sermon
At the end of Genesis 33, all seems to have ended well for Jacob. But then comes chapter 34. Jacob actually emerges as a villain! Listen to how God saves his covenant people, despite how much they fail. Understand also from Jacob’s eventual response, how we need to respond to God’s saving grace.View Sermon
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.