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Hold on to the Promise

 

The promise is the gift of eternal life that we have through Christ Jesus.

God told Abraham, through your seed shall all nations be blessed, and that’s continued through Jacob but it’s fulfilled through all of us that are saved, because the word tells us that when we are saved we’re adopted in and become Abrahams seed, from all nations, all who are in Christ are Abrahams seed.

 

Gen: 25: 29-34

29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:

30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.”

Esau, despised his birthright. The birthright was his inheritance, and not just any inheritance but it meant to become head of the household, and receive a special blessing from his father. It should have been precious to Esau. But he sold his inheritance for one meal. What are people selling out for today? But he was hungry, tired and hungry. And the food smelled so good. It’s all he could think about at that moment. People are selling out for drugs, alcohol, sex outside of marriage, worldly lusts. Listen don’t sell out. Nothing compares to the promise we have in Christ Jesus.

 

Jacob:

Jacob and Esau were Grandsons to Abraham. Abraham and Sarah had Isaac in their old age. Isaac and Rebekah had Jacob and Esau. When you read the story, Jacob and Esau were twins, Esau came out first but Jacob was clutching Esau’s heel. Maybe Jacob was trying to pull Esau back and come out first, I don’t know but Jacob was a deceiver. He deceived Esau out of his birthright and later he deceives Esau out of his blessing. But God had already chosen Jacob. He told Rebekah, two nations are in your womb, and the older shall serve the younger. But Rebekah must not have full trusted God, because look at:

 

Gen: 27:1-10

And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;

And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,

Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death.

Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.

Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:

10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.”

 

So why did she get impatient and take matters into her own hands. Why do we sometimes get impatient with God and not hold on to his promises or try to speed him up or not fully trust what he said?

 

Esau wants to kill Jacob:

So now when Esau finds out Jacob stole his blessing, he wants to kill Jacob and Rebekah sends him away to her brother Laban to save his life. He meets Rachel, falls in love with her, works 7 years for her, but Laban deceives him and gives him Leah instead. Get this, when he confronts Laban about it, Laban say’s I couldn’t give the younger before the first born. Oh the irony! Years later God instructs Jacob to return home. So he takes his family and possessions and returns home but he’s afraid of Esau, so he sends messengers to Esau with gifts, the messengers return and tell Jacob, Esau is coming to meet you with 400 men! Jacob fears for his life and separates his people and possessions in groups, he thinks, if Esau’s men kills this group, maybe that group will escape. But last of all, he gets separated from everyone and he’s all alone, When he’s alone, he has this encounter with God.

 

 

Gen: 32: 24-28

24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

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.”

 

Jacob held on even with his hip out of joint, for an example no matter what we go through, no matter how painful it is, if you hold on to God and don’t let go, he will bless you.

 

 

Foundation:

Matt: 7: 24-27

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

 

The Rock of the foundation is Jesus Christ, one thing in common on both houses, the one built on the rock and the one built on the sand, the storms came on both houses. The difference is the one founded on the Rock stood and the other fell.

 

Trials:

The devil can’t do anything to us without God’s permission. Remember Job. God had to remove the hedge before the devil could do anything. He lost all his children and all his possessions in one day. Later he’s covered with painful boils from head to toe. He’s in so much misery, he wishes he was never born. His wife tells him to curse God and die. Don’t be too hard on her, those were her children and possessions, and she’s watching her husband being tormented. But Job say’s, you speak like a foolish woman. Later Job say’s, though he slay me, yet will I trust him. God restored Job and blessed him with double what he had before.

 

Summary:

It changes your outlook on things if you consider, God allowed me to go through this, How am I going to handle it? I’ll just hold on to the lord until he blesses me!

Don’t despise your inheritance

Wait on The Lord

Hold on to the lord

Trust The Lord in all things

 

 

T.D. Edwards

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