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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF
SEPTEMBER 7, 2014
“HAVING THE RIGHT PRIORITIES”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 6:33
But seek ye
first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added unto you.
It is very important that we set priorities and
goals in our life.
What is the difference between a person who has set
certain priorities in their lives and the person who
fails to set priorities?
We can have good priorities or we can have bad
Some of the priorities that the world sees as
These priorities are not in themselves bad, but when
they become our top priority they will lead us into
In the story of Jacob and Esau we see two men who
had different priorities and how their priorities
I. ESAU HAD THE WRONG PRIORITIES
Esau priorities were of the fleshly nature
Hebrews 12:16 (NLT)
Make sure that
no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded
his birthright as the firstborn son for a single
The KJV calls Esau a profane person
The word "profane" means to be unhallowed and
sensual; to be neglectful of spiritual things and a
lover of the world and its things.
Esau was a man of here and now.
He lacked a vision for the future
He had no concern for spiritual matters
A. HE SOLD HIS BIRTHRIGHT FOR A SINGLE MEAL
Genesis 25:29-33 (NLT)
One day when
Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from
the wilderness exhausted and hungry. Esau said to
Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!”
(This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which
means “red.”) “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade
me your rights as the firstborn son.” “Look, I’m
dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my
birthright to me now?” But Jacob said, “First you
must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau
swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the
firstborn to his brother, Jacob.
B. WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE BIRTHRIGHT?
rights of the first born were among the most noble,
honorable, and spiritual rights in the ancient
A double portion of
all the father's possessions
Deuteronomy 21:17 (BBE)
But he is to
give his first son his birthright, and twice as
great a part of his property: for he is the
first-fruits of his strength and the right of the
first son is his.
over his brethren
Genesis 27:29 (GW)
serve you. May people bow down to you. Be the master
of your brothers, and may the sons of your mother
bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed.
May those who bless you be blessed.”
The first-born had the right of conveying especial
blessings and privileges when he came to die.
The first-born was set aside to God.
Numbers 3:11-13 (GW)
said to Moses, “Out of all the Israelites, I have
taken the Levites to be substitutes for every
firstborn male offspring among them. The Levites are
mine, because every firstborn is mine. The day I
killed every firstborn male in Egypt, I set apart as
holy every firstborn in Israel, whether human or
animal. They will be mine. I am the
Esau despised his birthright and all it pertained
Genesis 25:34 NLT) Then Jacob
gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the
meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for
his rights as the firstborn.
Esau had no time for spiritual things, the things of
this world were more important.
C. ESAU WAS SORRY FOR THE CHOICES HE HAD MADE
Hebrews 12:16-17 (GW)
Make sure that
no one commits sexual sin or is as concerned about
earthly things as Esau was. He sold his rights as
the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that
afterwards, when he wanted to receive the blessing
that the firstborn son was to receive, he was
rejected. Even though he begged and cried for the
blessing, he couldn't do anything to change what had
His was a fruitless repentance
Esau repented of his bargain not of his sin
Esau sought for restitution not forgiveness
II. JACOB HAD THE RIGHT PRIORITIES
Jacob was just the opposite of Esau; he sought the
spiritual blessings and the physical
responsibilities of the Birthright.
A. JACOB HAD A VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Esau was all about here and now, while Jacob was
more interested in what lay ahead.
Jacob was willing to wait for fulfillment
Jesus gave us a comparison of the Esau and Jacob’s
Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT)
up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and
rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and
steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths
and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in
and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the
desires of your heart will also be.
When we begin to allow the things of this world
crowd out our love and service to God we are
developing the Esau nature.
This can happen to any of us, we must be constantly
Matthew 6:32-33 (NLT)
dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your
heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
Seek the Kingdom of God
above all else, and live righteously, and he will
give you everything you need.
Check your priorities; are they like Esau’s or
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
JACOB: A MAN OF CONFLICTING NATURE
said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but
Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and
with men, and hast prevailed.
The story of Jacob can be an inspiration to all of
Jacob was a man of many flaws but still God was
willing to use Jacob to fulfill His promise to
Jacob was a man of many faults:
He lacked compassion
He took advantage of a weaker person
He was a deceiver
He was a liar
He missed used the Name of God
The question we ask is, “Why did God use such a
God saw Jacob’s heart even as He saw the heart of
Saul of Tarsus.
God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
For ye see
your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men
after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble,
but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world
to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak
things of the world to confound the things which are
mighty; and base things of the world, and things
which are despised, hath God chosen,
and things which are not, to bring to nought things
that are: that no flesh should glory in his
NOTE: There are two lessons we can learn from the
life of Jacob:
God is sovereign
In spite of our weakness and failures, God can still
And though God overruled the bad actions recorded in
this chapter, to fulfil his purposes, yet we see his
judgment of them, in the painful consequences to all
the parties concerned.
I. JACOB’S BIRTH
God knew the hearts of Esau and Jacob even before
they were born.
Genesis 25:22-23 (NLT)
But the two
children struggled with each other in her womb. So
she went to ask the
about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked.
And the LORD
told her, “The sons in your womb will become two
nations. From the very beginning, the two nations
will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the
other; and your older son will serve your younger
II. JACOB TAKES ADVANTAGE OF ESAU’S WEAKNESS
JACOB STEALS THE BLESSING:
Isaac wanted to give Esau the First Born blessing
but Rebekah wanted Jacob to receive the blessing.
Rebekah convinced Jacob to deceived Isaac his
IV. JACOB FLEES ESAU:
Isaac gives Jacob Abraham’s blessing:
Genesis 28:3-4 (NLT)
God Almighty bless you and give you many children.
And may your descendants multiply and become many
nations! May God pass on to you and your descendants
the blessings he promised to Abraham. May you own
this land where you are now living as a foreigner,
for God gave this land to Abraham.”
V. JACOB AT BETHEL: GENESIS 28:10-22
God’s promise to Jacob
Genesis 28:13-15 (NLT)
At the top of
the stairway stood the
and he said, “I am the
the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of
your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on
belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your
descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous
as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in
all directions—to the west and the east, to the
north and the south. And all the families of the
earth will be blessed through you and your
descendants. What’s more, I am with you, and I will
protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring
you back to this land. I will not leave you until I
have finished giving you everything I have promised
Jacob’s promise to God
Genesis 28:20-22 (NLT)
made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and
protect me on this journey, and if he will provide
me with food and clothing, and if I return safely to
my father’s home, then the
will certainly be my God. And this memorial pillar I
have set up will become a place for worshiping God,
and I will present to God a tenth of everything he
VI. JACOB’S MARRIAGE:
The battle of the mothers:
GENESIS 29:31 – 30:24
Genesis 31:38-41 (KJV)
years have I been with
thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their
young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.
That which was torn
of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my
hand didst thou require it,
stolen by day, or stolen by night. Thus
I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the
frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine
eyes. Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I
served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters,
and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed
my wages ten times.
VIII. ESAU COMES TO MEET JACOB:
This was the final straw that brought Jacob to put
his trust in God.
IX. JACOB NAME IS CHANGED:
Genesis 32:27-28 (GW)
So the man asked him,
“What's your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. The man
said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob but Israel
[He Struggles With God], because you have struggled
with God and with men—and you have won.”
Jacob’s nature was changed when God changed his
When we come to God He give us a new name and our
nature is changed.
Don’t give up on those for whom you think there is
no hope, God can change them and use them for His
The worst of sinners often becomes the best of
SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
“TRUSTING IN THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 50:20 (GW)
Even though you planned evil against me, God planned good to come out of
it. This was to keep many people alive, as he is
As we look around our world today, we may ask the
question, “Who’s in charge”, Satan or God?
Many question the sovereignty of God, and ask, “If
God is sovereign why are these things happening?”
What does it mean that God is sovereign?
The Sovereignty of God is the biblical teaching that all things are
under God's rule and control, and that nothing
happens without His direction or permission.
Daniel 4:35 (NIV)
peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He
does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the
peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand
or say to him: "What have you done?"
The sovereignty of God is not merely that God has
the power and right to govern all things, but that
He does so, always and without exception.
Psalm 115:3 (NIV)
Our God is in
heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
Psalm 22:28 (NLT)
power belongs to the
He rules all the nations.
The sovereignty of God means that everything and
everyone belongs to Him.
Psalm 24:1 (NLT)
The earth is
the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people
belong to him.
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 (BBE)
Lord, is the strength and the power and the glory,
and the authority and the honour: for everything in
heaven and on earth is yours; yours is the kingdom,
O Lord, and you are lifted up as head over all.
Wealth and honour come from you, and you are ruler
over all, and in your hand is power and strength; it
is in your power to make great, and to give strength
The sovereignty of God is not something we should
fear, but rather something we should appreciate and
put our trust in.
In God’s sovereignty all His divine attributes are
present and none override the others.
When things happen in our life that we do not
understand we can trust God’s sovereignty to make
everything right in His time.
Romans 8:28 (NLT)
And we know
that God causes everything to work together for the
good of those who love God and are called according
to his purpose for them.
We can rest assured that in God’s sovereignty He
will do all things well.
Mark 7:37 (BBE)
they were overcome with wonder, saying, He has done
all things well: he even gives back the power of
hearing and the power of talking to those who have
been without them.
Often times the negative happenings in our lives are
there to produce a positive result..
The life of Joseph is a wonderful example of God’s
I. GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY SHOWN IN THE LIFE OF JOSEPH.
A. JOSEPH’S EARLY LIFE
Joseph, the eleventh son, is born to Rachel
Joseph loved more by Jacob made him a coat of many
colors. Genesis 37:3
Joseph hated by his brothers.
Joseph’s dreams. Genesis
Joseph search for his brothers.
Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit.
Joseph’s brothers sold him to the Midianites.
Joseph’s brothers lied to Jacob.
B. JOSEPH’S LIFE AS A SLAVE
Joseph’s sold by the Midianites to Potiphar.
Joseph prospers in Potiphar’s house.
Joseph resists Potiphar’s wife advances.
Potiphar’s wife lied about Joseph.
C. JOSEPH’S LIFE AS A PRISONER
God showed Joseph favor in prison.
Joseph is put in charge of Pharaoh’s butler and
baker. Genesis 40:1-4
The butler’s dream and Joseph’s interprets the
dream. Genesis 40:5-13
Joseph asked to be remembered when the butler is
restored. Genesis 40:14-15
The baker’s dream.
Joseph interprets the dream.
The butler and baker’s dream is fulfilled.
The butler forgets Joseph.
C. JOSEPH IN PHARAOH’S COURT.
Two years later Pharaoh had a dream.
The butler remembered Joseph.
Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream.
Pharaoh makes Joseph Prim-minster of Egypt.
41:37-46 (30 years old)
The seven years of plenty.
Joseph is married and has two sons.
years of famine.
D. JOSEPH’S DREAMS ARE FULFILLED.
Jacob sends ten sons into Egypt to buy grain.
Joseph’s brother bowed before Joseph.
Joseph did not reveal himself to his brothers.
Joseph demands one brother return home and bring
Joseph keeps one brother (Simeon) and sent the
others back to Canaan but demands the Benjamin must
come back with them.
The brothers returned to Canaan and found money in
The brothers return to Jacob.
Jacob is convinced to send Benjamin with them.
Joseph’s brothers return to Joseph.
Joseph’s cup is found in Benjamin’s sack.
Joseph reveals himself to his brothers.
Joseph sends for his father and household.
Jacob and family settle in the land of Goshen.
Joseph gave all the land of Egypt to Pharaoh for the
price of grain.
The death of Jacob.
Joseph brothers come to him in fear.
God sovereignty is shown through the life of Joseph.
Genesis 45:7-8 (BBE)
God sent me
before you to keep you and yours living on earth so
that you might become a great nation. So now it was
not you who sent me here, but God: and he has made
me as a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his
house, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
Concise Bible Commentary
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