Peter Barnes: Genesis 27:41-28:9
SERMON NOTES : REAPING WHAT WE SOW
We never sin with impunity – Galatians 6:7. We reap what we sow.
- Jacob has reaped murderous hatred from his brother.
– 27:41. Esau’s sin is never excused, but Jacob did a lot of damage.
– Rom. 12:19-21 (Deut. 32; Prov. 25)
– Later, Joseph possessed what his uncle Esau did not – Gen.50:15-21.
- Rebekah and Esau underestimate the consequences of sin.
– 27:42-45. Stay for ‘a while’ (ESV, NIV) or ‘a few days’ (NKJV, Holman Bible). It was twenty years. Rebekah never saw Jacob again in this life.
– Esau goes much further in missing the point – 28:6-9. The Didache tells Christians to fast on Wednesdays and Fridays, not on Mondays and Thursdays when the hypocrites fast. That misses the point of Luke 18:9-14. Jesus’ point is not so much the days when the Pharisees fasted nor the fasting itself but their self-righteous attitude to the fasting.
- Yet God’s blessing continues.
– 27:46. Note Lev.20:23.
– 28:1-5. Jacob will leave the Promised Land but the promises will go with him – Gen. 12:1-3; 17:1-2, 8; 26:24.
– Gal.3:9, 29. Jesus is the fulfillment of these promises.