His mother said to him, ‘My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.’ (Genesis 27:12, NIV)
As we continue our look at the life of Jacob, and his flawed faith, we start to see how much of mess Jacob and his family are. This is an account full of deception and self-centeredness. Even Rebekah’s offer to take a curse on behalf of her son is flawed. How can God’s plans possibly come to fruition, given how they behave?
The boys grew up, and Esau became a skilful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. (Genesis 25:27-28, NIV)
As Advent and Christmas approach, we're going to spend Sunday mornings looking at the life of Jacob, and how God used his flawed faith to bring about his plans. No-one is too flawed for God - not Jacob and not us.
I hope that this email is useful, and that you are able to spend a few minutes at noon each day, as we pray together as a church family. Please do keep sending your prayer suggestions to me, so that we can make sure we are praying around the needs, burdens and encouragements of our whole church family.
‘When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.’ (Luke 2:9, NIV)
It’s easy to look at what’s going on the world around us, and be frightened by what we see: wars, conflict and distress. Jesus points us to a time where there will be an end to all these things. You would be very welcome to join us at 10:50am in St Thomas, Northaw, or at 8:30am in St Thomas, Northaw, this Sunday, as we look at the the promised end to conflict.