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Our Vulnerability and God's Sovereignty

Genesis 33:1-20

June 9, 2019 • Matt Simpson

We regularly attempt to hide our weaknesses from God, but as Matt Simpson points out, God's sovereignty is often best revealed to us when we are most fragile. Jacob is fearful and wounded as he encounters his brother Esau, but he knows his ability to save himself is nothing compared to God's purpose and plan. The story of vulnerable Jacob facing his brother Esau challenges us in our own lives: What does it take for us to approach God with open and honest vulnerability today?

Forgiveness is Final

September 15, 2019 • Jeff Noble

Joseph becomes overwhelmed with sadness following the realization that his brothers have not been enjoying their relationship with him due to the fact that they did not truly believe they were forgiven. He then reassures them that despite the circumstances he faced in regards to his brothers, God transformed it for his good. He later passes away and asks his brothers to take his bones to the promised land. Joseph's weeping mirrors the time when Jesus wept. We are reminded in Genesis 50 that Jesus died on the cross once to wipe away our sins forever. We are reminded of how much of a blessing God's commitment to forget is.

Future Grace

September 8, 2019 • Jeff Noble

Jacob addresses his sons in birth order and blesses them appropriately. When he gets to Joseph, he bestows a blessing that would continue onward to his sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Jacob also acknowledges Joseph's unwavering allegiance to the Lord. In the midst of this, Jacob pauses to recognize his own need for God and declares an announcement of faith saying, "God I wait for your salvation."

Surprising Blessing

September 1, 2019 • Jeff Noble

As Jacob's life comes to an end, he reminds Joseph of God's promise to Abraham. He then blesses Joseph by including his sons in his birthright. These blessings demonstrate Jacob's faith rooted in the trust of God's promises