STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY ALONE WITH GOD

GENESIS 32:22-26 Some battles must be fought alone. There are times when no one can help us. This was just such a time in Jacob’s life. Jacob’s trouble was himself—his self-will, self-purpose, self-defense, self- desire and self-righteousness. Jacob’s self-life had to be dealt with, and God chose to do so...

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STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY GOD KNOWS US THOROUGHLY

GENESIS 28:10-17 As Jacob lay under the stars while away from home that first night, he was alone with his own thoughts. No doubt he reflected on all that had happened. Perhaps he asked himself, Was it really worthwhile? Will I ever return to claim the birthright and blessing for...

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STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY BRINGING OUT THE BEST

GENESIS 28:1-5 After Rebekah’s plea to Isaac that Jacob not be allowed to marry a Hittite woman, Jacob was sent away with Isaac’s blessing. Isaac probably did not know that Esau had sworn to kill Jacob after Isaac’s death. However, Isaac lived several years after this time, and nothing ever...

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STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY SOWING AND REAPING

GENESIS 27:41-46 Rebekah urged Jacob to flee to her brother and stay there until Esau forgot about the stolen blessing. Notice that Rebekah said to Jacob, “That which thou hast done to him” (Gen. 27:45). Jacob was guilty of stealing the blessing from Esau, but Rebekah had devised the plan....

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STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY BAD ATTITUDE BRINGS SPIRITUAL LOSS

GENESIS 27:30-40 Esau was bitter toward his brother because he had taken advantage of him twice. Desperate to have something, Esau asked his father, “Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?” (Gen. 27:36). Isaac answered, “Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given...

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STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY DECEIVED BY A KISS

GENESIS 27:18-29 One lie always leads to another lie. Jacob kept adding sins to his previous ones. First, he impersonated his brother. Second, he lied to his father when he said, “I am Esau.” Finally, he even went so far as to bring the name of the Lord into his...

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STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY IMPATIENT TO WAIT ON GOD

GENESIS 27:1-17 One faithless act leads to another. Having schemed to secure the birthright, Jacob deceived his father in order to secure the blessing, which was a vital part of the birthright. Jacob needed not only the birthright from Esau but also the blessing from his father. One was of...

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