This sermon is part of the sermon series "A Messy, Blessed Life". See series.
Do you live a blessed life? I did a Google search on the phrase, "I live a blessed life." I stumbled upon one guy who wrote, "I live a blessed life. The people that I keep close are worthy, spontaneity governs my path, and luck is always on my side. I have no responsibilities and I am defined by freedom. I have known great love. On a superficial level, I like who I am." That's how he would describe a blessed life. How would you describe the blessed life? And is your life blessed?
Everything in our passage revolves around "the blessing." The blessing is God's promise to bring certain benefits into the life of the holder: prosperity and peace; a permanent homeland and descendents blossoming into a great nation; the promise that throughout life those who bless him will be blessed and those who curse him will be cursed; and best of all, that the Lord will be his God. That's a blessed life, and everyone in our story wants a piece of that blessing.
What we're talking about is God's blessing to Abraham. It is the centerpiece of the Book of Genesis, and the drama in Genesis is what people do when that blessing is threatened. Our story is about what four people do for that blessing: Isaac, Rebekah, and their twin sons, Esau and Jacob. All four manhandle God's blessing, and because of that, all four are case studies we need to examine. As Christians, we also have a God-blessed life. We put our faith in Jesus. He is our friend and advocate, our Savior and Lord. The Bible says he has made us "rich in every way." We have a "peace that passes all understanding." We enjoy and convey the love of God. We have been given a purpose for life. We are part of a great holy nation of God's people. We have the hope of eternal life. But ...
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Lee Eclov recently retired after 40 years of local pastoral ministry and now focuses on ministry among pastors. He is the author of Feels Like Home: How Rediscovering the Church as Family Changes Everything and Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls (Moody Publishers), as well as being a frequent contributor to Preaching Today and CT Pastors. To learn more about his Pastors' Gatherings visit www.leeeclov.com.