Sermons on Genesis
The Sabbath in Jesus’ day had lots of rules. God’s heart for Sabbath wasn’t rule keeping, but restoration. It was a gift pointing to a person: Jesus.
We have an epidemic that comes from a lack of rest. But this isn’t God’s design. God created a divine rhythm that includes the gift of rest. Be sure not to miss it.
The birth of Moses was in the middle of a painful and difficult season for the Hebrews. Yet God was not absent from them. He was already unfolding a plan to deliver them.
How will faith be passed to the next generation? Talk to your kids and grandkids about your life and your faith. Don’t rob the next generation of your testimony to God’s faithfulness and work in your life. Speak it into them. No one should be praying for your children and grandchildren more than you. You are the primary prayer warrior in their lives.
To be a Christian means we recognize our need for forgiveness can only be met by what happen on the cross. Just like Joseph did with his brothers, Jesus released us of our debts before we could even ask. His sacrifice canceled our debts. He doesn’t just forgive us, but he blesses us and provides for us. Is there someone in your life you need to do the same for?
You’ve not only thought it, you’ve probably said it. “The world is against me.” But reality can often be far from it. Joseph (and Jacob) have every reason to think that. But they learn that God is actually working through those very struggles for thier good. He is doing the same thing in your life.
Many of us are guilty in asking “Why me?” when something goes wrong or out of plan. We can tend to view it as a personal attack. Joesph felt that same way when he was victimized by the very people who were to protect him the most. That is only when Christ came and revealed himself more valuable than what he had lost. More valuable than that attack.
Life has a way of forcing us into new seasons and stages of life. Sometimes we go willingly and other times we go with a fight and in those times God meets you in that moment and is speaking over you.
Dysfuction doesn’t eliminate you from God’s purposes, it qualifies you.
It would be great if we always knew the best decision to make. Many times the choices aren’t so clear. Sometimes the best we have is God’s general direction. In Genesis 24 Abraham is learning to lean into God’s leading in the decisions he faces that affect the covenant generation.
Abraham has waited several decades from the promise of God to come true. When it does it seems like it will all be stripped away in a radical call of obedience. Does Abraham just love God’s promises or does he love God?
When you entered into covenant with God through Jesus, you may not have changed your name, but you got a new identity. God wants people who will live for him and in relationship with him even when “rituals” are broken.