THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 7-1-12
LESSON TITLE: “BY FAITH JACOB…”
James said, “Who is wise and understanding among you?” I pray that we are all striving to have true wisdom and understand, which only comes from God!
Good morning! Thanks for joining us this morning in this service of God. The Living Word Program is committed to proclaiming the simple truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - which is confirmed for us in the Bible. I hope you all have your Bible’s handy and I hope you are ready to worship God together as we sing praises to His name and study from His wondrous word. Now let’s begin by talking to our Father in prayer!
It’s now time to join in our songs of praise as we together sing the first hymn of the morning. Won’t you join in with the congregation at this time as we sing, “Jesus Is All The World To Me.”
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Read with me this morning a text found in Job 28, beginning in verse 12! There it says, “But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know its value, nor is it found in the land of the living. The deep says, 'It is not in me'; And the sea says, 'It is not with me.' It cannot be purchased for gold, nor can silver be weighed for its price. It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire. Neither gold nor crystal can equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, for the price of wisdom is above rubies. The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, nor can it be valued in pure gold. "From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding? It is hidden from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the birds of the air. Destruction and Death say, 'We have heard a report about it with our ears.' God understands its way, And He knows its place.”
Job here is dealing with the great topic of wisdom. Job, a man who knew God and His will and who obeyed it in prosperity and in the face of adversity. Notice what this great man of God summarized wisdom as: He states that true wisdom is hard for mere man to comprehend, because of its great value and worth. Then he goes on to compare it to all the great precious stones of this earth, to show its great value in the eyes of God!
Then the question is asked, “so where does it come from?” The answer is obviously God. The reason that proper wisdom is so great is because it is founded in the Creator Himself!
That’s why Paul and other writers spend such a great deal of time talking about the need to have a Godly wisdom. Earlier we read from James 3, and verse 13, but notice with me the remainder of the verse. There we read, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” Here James begins comparing the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God. Then he clearly shows that the only wisdom that will benefit us and which is truly worth having is that of God. So consider today, what type of wisdom are you striving for in this world, Godly or fleshly? Only one will bring true happiness and eternal life! So why not turn to God and focus on the wisdom found through our Creator!
This morning, we have a guest speaker with us who is no stranger to you! It is great to have brother Jerry Sullins with us once again, and we look forward to him leading our main study of the morning from God’s Holy Word.
Today we will be continuing our discussion on Faith!” Our specific topic this morning is entitled, “By Faith Jacob.” So, please continue with us this morning, and after our next song together brother Jerry will return with our study from God’s Word. The name of our next hymn is, “Jesus Is Tenderly Calling!”
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By Jerry Sullins
Welcome again to the Living Word broadcast. We are so happy that you have chosen this hour this morning to be with us, to view this program, and to be a part of our worship and our Bible study together. Certainly, it is always a pleasure to have you with us we know that many of you view every Sunday and are tuning into this program, and we are so thankful for that. If you have any questions whatsoever concerning what is said on this program or any biblical questions feel free to contact us, Ray will give you the information at the end of the program. We would certainly love to hear from you as to how you enjoyed the program, or if you don’t enjoy it, how we might improve it because we certainly want to meet the needs of this audience. For over thirty years now this program has been on the air and we have sought to teach God’s word and his word only. So we are thankful for those of you who love and respect God’s word and continue to want to hear just the Bible preached, that’s what we are going to do.
Well, in these past few weeks we have been studying great men and women of faith, those who are spoken of in Hebrews 11. For as Hebrews 11 says, in verse 6, that it is impossible to be well pleasing unto God unless we have faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) So we look throughout the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament and we see great people of faith. For our discussion this morning we are going to look at the life of one who is mentioned in Hebrews 11, and that is the life of Jacob. Now Jacob was a great man in so many ways but he had two different natures. He had a nature just like we had, and like all men have, and that was a nature sometimes that was within him to not do what God wanted him to do and to Sercombe to a temptation just as we have. Then he had the nature within him to do what God’s will was.
Now as early as Genesis 25, we see an introduction to this young man. He was born to Isaac and to Rebecca and he was the last son to be born, that is, those two boys that were born were twins and the first one to come out of her womb was Esau and the second was Jacob. Now the Bible says there in Genesis 25:26, “Afterword his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.” Now he was taking hold of the heel which simply, probably is a figurative statement meaning he came out second and his name was called Jacob because it meant simply this, he who follows. But we know as was revealed to Rebecca before his birth that he would be the one who would rule over his elder brother, and so was the birth of Jacob. We see as the scripture reveals to us there in verse 28 that Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, evidently Esau was a hunter and went out and killed venison. But Rebecca loved Jacob. So we see a conflict from the very beginning, now Jacob was a mild mannered man and as the Bible says, “He dwelt in tents” and so he was a different type of guy altogether but yet we see that her Sercombe to some things that he should not have Sercombe to.
Now the lives of many of these great people of faith can be depicted in one word. Remember Abraham? When we think of Abraham we think of faith because he was said to be the father of faith. When we think about Joseph, who was one of the younger sons of Jacob himself, we think of purity because he was the young man who went to Egyptian slavery and kept himself pure from all of the pollution of the Egyptian empire and the Egyptian world. But yet as we said Jacob had two natures and we want to first of all begin to look at the bad side, the things that Jacob did in his life that weren’t necessarily in fact they were not things that brought God’s good pleasure upon him. He was a very selfish and covetous young man. From the very beginning we see this, now we don’t know exactly what the age was as you look at Genesis 25:29, when Jacob cooked a stew and Esau came in from the field and he was weary and so hungry that he was at the point of death. Now it has been very difficult for me to understand why he was at the point of death, you mean to tell me there weren’t other people around who could give him food? But yet I see an attitude here about his birthright, Esau was the oldest son and he would receive a double inheritance and Jacob as he was at this time was a very selfish young man. He wanted in some way to steal that birthright, so here he sees Esau coming in from a hunt, and he is very hungry and he is cooking Lintel soup, which is probably a red bean soup if you research it. And so Esau was willing to give his birthright away for just a bowl of soup and in the last verse of that chapter verse 34, it says, “…Thus Esau despised his birthright.” So Jacob again through a way that he should not have done and should’ve not wanted to steal the birthright, but he wanted to do that so basically he is a thief. And we know it is not right to steal, one of the commandments of Moses is you shall not steal, and throughout the New Testament we know that thieves are people who will not enjoy Heaven because it is a sin before God. So he was not supposed to be doing these things or wanting to do these things yet he did. Also he was a deceiver.
In Genesis 27, well we are not going to take the time to read this story because we just don’t have time to read this story, we see how Jacob evidently was not satisfied enough to have the birthright but he wanted the blessing, the special blessing, of his father Isaac. So he was willing to deceive. Now in lead with him on this, in fact encouraging him to do so, was his mother Rebecca. So it was through her plan and also the desire, the deception of Jacob himself, that as Esau had been sent out into the woods to gather this game that his father loved so much, that Isaac loved so much, that they contrived a plan. A plan where Jacob would go and get a couple of kids, or small goats, and bring them in and prepare that meat, I guess because goat meat tasted a lot like venison and I’ve tasted goat meat before and it’s not that bad but it is a little bit stronger than sheep or lamb. So he went out and got those two kids, he brought them in, and they were prepared and he went before his father. His father seemed to not believe it at first but then he was convinced as he felt his arms and there was the hair of goat skin there and on the back of his neck the same thing, so he finally decided this indeed is Esau. He couldn’t see him because he was almost blind if not all the way blind and so he considered well this is Esau although his voice didn’t sound like Esau. So he blessed Jacob because Jacob had deceived him. Jacob received the blessing and of course because of that Jacob had to flee, he felt for his life, because of the anger of his older brother Esau.
So he lied and he was a deceiver, and you know we can also be those who lie and deceive others. It seems like in our society today there are many people who feel nothing wrong whatsoever in telling someone else a lie. Have you felt yourself in such a position in life where it is very difficult for you to believe what anyone says is true? I know you have been in that position many a time. There are some young people, and some people have told me before and maybe this is not right to say this, who seem like lying is their business. They won’t tell the truth even if they told the truth and it was something good for them they will still tell a lie. Let me remind you that lying is sinful. In Revelation 21:8, the scriptures says that, “…all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone…” It is not right; it is a sin before God for one to lie or to deceive. Deception is a lie. When you are leading people away from the truth, although you say well I didn’t really tell a lie, yes you did! If you deceive them and they believe something that was not the truth because of your deception you have actually lied to them.
But can that be forgiven? Well, certainly. Is that the only sin that man has? Well, certainly not. Is that the only sin that you or I have ever committed? Well, no there are other sins that you and I have all committed. They are all sins, they are all transgressions of God’s Law but the important thing is the step that we take as it relates to our sin. Jacob took the right steps. That’s why he is put in heroes’ hall of fame there in Hebrews 11, because he took the right steps toward God. It was God himself as his father had sent him to his in-laws to find someone to wed. It was God himself who appeared to him at a place that later on was called Bethel by Jacob, which means “House of God”. He sent him there for this purpose, that is his father sent him, and on the way Jacob came to this place and fell asleep and God appeared to him. Basically what God told him was the same promise that he had given to Abraham, through your seed all nations of the earth will be blessed. And it was through a vow that Jacob made toward God at that time that we see Jacob basically repenting of the sins that he had committed and dedicating himself to God and to the work of God.
As we see in the book of Genesis 28:20, Jacob said, “Then Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.’” So what did Jacob do? He committed himself to God, he repented of his sins. And although we see how he had sinned in the past he was willing to make a commitment to God and to change his life totally around. We see a man who learned to love although he was a deceiver. He was sent to the household of Laban to find his mate, he found a beautiful young lady there who’s name was Rachel. He made a plan with her father that he would work seven years for Rachel and that at the end of the seven years he was deceived and Rachel was not given to him but her sister Leah was. So he made another commitment to work another seven years and he worked fourteen years for this girl. Some people say that it was payback time as he had deceived so was he deceived. Well, ok that may be true but the fact is not only had Jacob sinned when he had deceived but Laban also sinned when he deceived Jacob. But eventually, Jacob received that girl in marriage. It was a real blessing to him because he loved Rachel dearly.
He did God’s will and he decided that he was going to live for God, he learned to work hard, he made restitution with his brother and this is one of the most touching stories that I know of in all of the book of Genesis for sure. That is when Jacob in fear was to meet his brother, he found within his brother an attitude which we wouldn’t find in many people who had, had his birthright stolen and had his blessing stolen. We had found within his brother Esau a loving attitude and a wonderful spirit and Jacob and Esau made things right together once again. They loved each other and their families seemed to come together in mutual love and respect for each other.
So it doesn’t matter what you have done in this life how you have lied, deceived, or done any other sin. It is through Jesus Christ and through the plan of God that we can receive the remission of our sins and really learn how to live for him. And so this morning will we be like Jacob? Well, we are like Jacob in many ways because we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23, we know that we have done that. So are we going to be like him as he repented and as he made his life toward God? Well, a simple confession that Jesus Christ is the son of God starts you in that proper confession; after you believe that he indeed is the son of God. A decision in your mind and soul and spirit that you are going to turn away from sin, that’s what Jacob had to do. He had to recommit himself to God and decide “I’m no longer going to be a deceiver and a liar.” That’s what we have to do, we have to get away from sin, we have to turn away from sin, that’s what repentance is. We have to confess the precious name of Christ for with the mouth confession is made unto salvation and we need to be baptized into Christ for the remission of our sins. Now my friend, what more would we want to do than to do the will of God. For it is within God that we find that great hope as is stated in Romans 15:4. These stories are written for our encouragement, that we can look into these stories and we can see how these people act, are related to God, and how they please God. We can do the same we can have that hope of eternal life. And so this morning let’s be like those great people of faith because they had the faith that was a saving faith, it was an obedient faith and I plead with you this morning to do what is necessary to bring your life in the proper realationship with the God of Heaven. May you do that so that we can enjoy Heaven together some day.
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