God Chooses Jacob For Blessing
God Chooses to Bless Because of His Grace Alone
Genesis 25:21 – 26; 28:10 – 22
- Last week we learned that God gave Abraham and Sarah a son. God kept his promise to Abraham that he would be a father. In spite of Abraham’s sin in having a child with a woman that wasn’t his wife; God blessed Abraham by giving him Isaac.
o This week we will take a quick look at the offspring of Isaac, Jacob and Esau.
- God gives Grace to sinners
o When we catch up with Jacob he is already running from his sin. He had tricked his father and taken advantage of his brother. God gave grace to Jacob just like he had given grace to Jacob’s grandfather, Abraham.
- God keeps his promises in spite of man’s sin.
o A lot of people have problems with the reconciling the fact that it would seem that he used sin to accomplish His will. God made a promise to Isaac and told him that the older son would serve the younger son before the boys were even born. When we look at the text it seems as if Jacob’s tricks against Isaac and Esau were ordained by God. This is not the case. While Jacob may be criticized for exploiting his brother in a moment of weakness, Esau is indifferent toward his firstborn status. He does not grasp the significance of all that God has promised to fulfill through the unique line descended from Abraham, of which he is the natural heir. Esau was contemptuous of his special firstborn status. On the basis of this, Heb. 12:16 describes Esau as “unholy.” Esau did not appreciate that his birthright was linked to God’s plan of redemption for the whole world.
- God chooses which people will receive his blessings and, when he does so, he always chooses because of his grace alone, and for no other reason.
o God in his sovereignty uses all kinds of actions (good, bad, and mixed) to bring his people to the place in which they find themselves.
This Weeks Verse:
- Romans 9:16 – So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
Suggested Activities for the Week:
- Explain any words in the key verse that your children may not understand.
- Think of other biblical characters whom God chose in spite of their sin.
- Ask whom God would choose if he chose people who deserved his blessings because they had never sinned. Help them see that no one would receive God’s blessings, since all sin.
- Ask if God’s people have any reason to be proud of themselves for being God’s people. (The answer, of course, is no, since God’s choice and God’s blessing have nothing to do with anything about the people he chooses.)
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Material Based Upon
Mighty acts of God: a family Bible storybook, Starr Meade – Tim O’Connor – Crossway Books – 2010; Pg. 38 – 40