26 September 2021 PM – Genesis 28 – Gen2021 – Scott Childs
Introduction: Of the 800,000 words in the English language, 300,000 are technical terms. The average person knows 10,000 words and uses 5,000 in everyday speech. Though words are important, some are more important than others are.
Transition: This evening, I want us to see that God has special truths for us to learn from the important words of three individuals in our text.
Isaac Spoke Important Words
a. Isaac spoke about marriage (v.1-2)
1) Isaac commanded Jacob not to take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
2) Throughout the Bible, God makes it clear that He does not want believers to marry unbelievers (Gen 6:2; Ge 24:3-4; Ex 34:16; Deu 7:3; Jos 23:12-13; Neh 9:12; 13:25; 1Ki 11:2-4).
3) This principle is repeated in the NT (1Co 7:39; 2Co 6:14).
4) Isaac sent Jacob to Padanaram to find a wife. (See Map). This required time and much effort, but it was God’s will. God’s words in Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?“, certainly apply to marriage.
b. Isaac spoke about God’s blessing (v.3-4)
1) This time Isaac willingly blessed Jacob from his heart. He had come to accept that God had chosen Jacob to carry on godly seed promised to Abraham.
2) His blessing was fourfold. *God bless thee! *God make thee fruitful! *God multiply thee! *God give thee the blessing of Abraham! He would inherit the land.
3) In a sense, Isaac’s blessing was also a prayer for his son. His desire was that God would truly be able to use his son.
4) As parents, we must pray for our children, but we must also interact with them. One author states, “Training your children to love God must occur within the context of close relationships. It must be part of your daily interactions with them – when greeting your kids at the breakfast table, sitting around the house, having spiritually rich conversations in the car or at dinner, [or] praying together before going to sleep each night.” S. & A. Kendrick, The Resolution for Men, p. 104
God Spoke Important Words
As Jacob slept under the sky, he dreamed of a ladder extending from earth to heaven (v.12). Angels were going up and down the ladder. Then above the ladder, God stood and spoke to Jacob.
a. God spoke about Jacob’s land (v.13)
1) God promised Jacob the land of Canaan.
2) He promised that Jacob’s seed would inherit it.
b. God spoke about Jacob’s seed (v.14)
1) Jacob’s seed (i.e., descendants) would be as many as the dust of the earth (i.e., without number).
2) His descendants would spread in all directions.
3) Through his seed, God would bless all the families of the earth. God first gave this promise to his grandfather Abraham (Gen 12:2-3; 17:8; 22:17). God repeated it to Isaac (Gen 26:3). Now Isaac passed it on to Jacob.
a) Years later, Christ would be born of the seed of Abraham. (Hebrews 2:16) “For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.“
b) Christ died and rose again to pay the debt of every human’s sin (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
c) People all over the world have placed their trust in Christ and now enjoy the blessing of His salvation.
4) We must not miss this! God kept His promise. Our God is faithful. His promises are sure.
c. God spoke words of assurance (v.15)
1) Note God’s fourfold assurance.
a) God assured Jacob that He was with him.
b) God assured him that he would keep him safe wherever he went.
c) God assured him that He would bring Jacob back again to this land.
d) God assured him that He would not leave him.
2) Jacob needed to hear these words. He was going through a time of great stress. He had deceived his father. He had stolen the family blessing from his brother. His brother vowed to kill him as soon as dad died. He just left home and his life as a rich kid. He would never see his mother alive again. He headed to a foreign land about 790 km to the northeast. As far as we can tell, he travelled alone and perhaps on foot. He had no idea what dangers lay ahead.
3) God’s words to Jacob were a great comfort. That was a dream Jacob never forgot!
4) As we face the unknown in this world that is becoming increasingly hostile to Christians, we must memorise and ponder the assuring promises of God (e.g., Ps 84:11; 100:5; Pr 3:5-6; Isa 40:31; Nah 1:7; Jn 3:16; Jn 5:24; Jn 14:1-3; Jn 14:27; Ro 8:32; Ro 8:37-39; Php 4:6-7).
Jacob Spoke Important Words