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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

 

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014

 

“HAVING THE RIGHT PRIORITIES”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 25:27-34

 

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.

 

INTRO: 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 priorities

 

   Some of the priorities that the world sees as desirable are:

 

Ø  Wealth

Ø  Power

Ø  Fame

 

   These priorities are not in themselves bad, but when they become our top priority they will lead us into trouble.

 

   In the story of Jacob and Esau we see two men who had different priorities and how their priorities affected them.

 

I. ESAU HAD THE WRONG PRIORITIES

 

NOTE: 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 meal.

 

NOTE: 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?

 

NOTE: The rights of the first born were among the most noble, honorable, and spiritual rights in the ancient world.

 

1.     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.

 

2.     Became lord over his brethren

 

Genesis 27:29 (GW) May nations 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.”

 

3.     The first-born had the right of conveying especial blessings and privileges when he came to die.

4.     The first-born was set aside to God.

 

Numbers 3:11-13 (GW) The LORD 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 LORD.”

 

NOTE: Esau despised his birthright and all it pertained to.

 

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 happened.

 

    His was a fruitless repentance

 

Ø  Esau repented of his bargain not of his sin

Ø  Esau sought for restitution not forgiveness

  

II. JACOB HAD THE RIGHT PRIORITIES

 

NOTE: 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

 

NOTE: 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 nature

 

Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT) “Don’t store 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.

 

NOTE: 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 on guard

 

Matthew 6:32-33 (NLT) These things 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.

 

CONCLUSION: Check your priorities; are they like Esau’s or Jacob’s?

 

SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

 

JACOB: A MAN OF CONFLICTING NATURE

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 32:24-32

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 32:28

 

   And he 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.

 

INTRO: The story of Jacob can be an inspiration to all of us.

 

   Jacob was a man of many flaws but still God was willing to use Jacob to fulfill His promise to Abraham.

 

   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 man”?

 

   God saw Jacob’s heart even as He saw the heart of Saul of Tarsus.

 

   God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

 

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, are called: 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, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.   

 

NOTE: There are two lessons we can learn from the life of Jacob:

 

1.     God is sovereign

2.     In spite of our weakness and failures, God can still use us.

 

NOTE: 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.[1]

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 LORD 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 son.”

 

II. JACOB TAKES ADVANTAGE OF ESAU’S WEAKNESS GENESIS 25:29-34

 

III. JACOB STEALS THE BLESSING:  GENESIS 27:1-29

 

NOTE: Isaac wanted to give Esau the First Born blessing but Rebekah wanted Jacob to receive the blessing.

 

   Rebekah convinced Jacob to deceived Isaac his father.

 

IV. JACOB FLEES ESAU: GENESIS 27:41 – 28:7

 

NOTE: Isaac gives Jacob Abraham’s blessing:

 

Genesis 28:3-4 (NLT) May 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 LORD, and he said, “I am the LORD, 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 you.”

 

·         Jacob’s promise to God 

 

Genesis 28:20-22 (NLT) Then Jacob 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 LORD 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 gives me.”

 

VI. JACOB’S MARRIAGE: GENESIS 29:1 – 28

 

·         The battle of the mothers: GENESIS 29:31 – 30:24

 

VII. JACOB’S SERVITUDE: GENESIS 30:25 – 31:55

 

Genesis 31:38-41 (KJV) This twenty 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, whether 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: GENESIS 32:1-23

 

NOTE: This was the final straw that brought Jacob to put his trust in God.

 

IX. JACOB NAME IS CHANGED: GENESIS 32:24-32

 

   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.”

 

CONCLUSION: Jacob’s nature was changed when God changed his name.

 

   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 glory.

 

   The worst of sinners often becomes the best of saints.

 

SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

 

“TRUSTING IN THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 50:15-21

 

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 doing now.

 

INTRO: 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?

 

NOTE: 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) All the 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) For royal power belongs to the LORD. 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) Yours, O 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 to all.

 

   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)  And 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.

 

NOTE: 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 sovereignty.

 

I. GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY SHOWN IN THE LIFE OF JOSEPH.

 

   A. JOSEPH’S EARLY LIFE

 

·         Joseph, the eleventh son, is born to Rachel Genesis 30:25

·         Joseph loved more by Jacob made him a coat of many colors. Genesis 37:3

·         Joseph hated by his brothers. Genesis 37:4

·         Joseph’s dreams. Genesis 37:5-11

·         Joseph search for his brothers. Genesis 37:12-17

·         Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit. Genesis 37:18-24

·         Joseph’s brothers sold him to the Midianites. Genesis 37:25-28

·         Joseph’s brothers lied to Jacob. Genesis 37:29-35

 

   B. JOSEPH’S LIFE AS A SLAVE

 

·         Joseph’s sold by the Midianites to Potiphar. Genesis 37:36

·         Joseph prospers in Potiphar’s house. Genesis 39:1-6

·         Joseph resists Potiphar’s wife advances. Genesis 39:7-12

·         Potiphar’s wife lied about Joseph. Genesis 39:13-20

 

   C. JOSEPH’S LIFE AS A PRISONER

 

·         God showed Joseph favor in prison.

Genesis 39:21-23

·         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. Genesis 40:16-17

·         Joseph interprets the dream. Genesis 40:18-19

·         The butler and baker’s dream is fulfilled. Genesis 40:20-22

·         The butler forgets Joseph. Genesis 40:23

 

   C. JOSEPH IN PHARAOH’S COURT.

 

·         Two years later Pharaoh had a dream. Genesis 41:1-8

·         The butler remembered Joseph. Genesis 41:9-13

·         Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream. Genesis 41:14-36

·         Pharaoh makes Joseph Prim-minster of Egypt. Genesis 41:37-46 (30 years old)

·         The seven years of plenty. Genesis 41:47-49

·         Joseph is married and has two sons. Genesis 41:50-52

·          The seven years of famine. Genesis 41:53-57

 

   D. JOSEPH’S DREAMS ARE FULFILLED.

 

·         Jacob sends ten sons into Egypt to buy grain. Genesis 42:1-5

·         Joseph’s brother bowed before Joseph. Genes 42:6

·         Joseph did not reveal himself to his brothers. Genesis 42:7-8

·         Joseph demands one brother return home and bring Benjamin back. Genesis 42:9-16

·         Joseph keeps one brother (Simeon) and sent the others back to Canaan but demands the Benjamin must come back with them. Genesis 42:17-24

·         The brothers returned to Canaan and found money in their sacks. Genesis 42:25-28

·         The brothers return to Jacob. Genesis 42:29-38

·         Jacob is convinced to send Benjamin with them. Genesis 43:1-14

·         Joseph’s brothers return to Joseph. Genesis 43:15-34

·         Joseph’s cup is found in Benjamin’s sack. Genesis 44:1-15

·         Judea’s plea. Genesis 44:16-34

·         Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. Genesis 45:1-8

·         Joseph sends for his father and household. Genesis 45:9-28

·         Jacob and family settle in the land of Goshen. Genesis 47:1-12

·         Joseph gave all the land of Egypt to Pharaoh for the price of grain. Genesis 47:13-26

·         The death of Jacob. Genesis 50:1-6

·         Joseph brothers come to him in fear. Genesis 50:7-18

 

CONCLUSION: 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.



[1] Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary

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