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The Gospel In Genesis: Looking For Love Part 2: I Hate You

August 4, 2019 Speaker: Joe Walser Series: The Gospel In Genesis

Leah
Genesis 29:31–34 (ESV)
When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. 34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi.
Rachel
Genesis 30:1 (ESV)
When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!”
Genesis 30:6–8 (ESV)
Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8 Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister and have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali.
Then Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son.” Therefore she called his name Dan.
barak /baw·rak[ ָבּ ַרךְ Genesis 12:3 “I will bless you”
What is the “blessed” life?
The world’s view of blessed creates envy Here’s Christ’s exposition of “blessed”
Matthew 5:3–6 (ESV)
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
The Trajectory of Envy
1. Empty
2. Pain
3. Frantic “work” to achieve what you envy
Conquering Envy with Love
1 Corinthians 3:1–3 (The Message)
3 But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast. Well, then, I’ll nurse you since you don’t seem capable of anything more. As long as you grab for what makes you feel good or makes you look important, are you really much different than a babe at the breast, content only when everything’s going your way?
Conquering Envy with Love
1 Corinthians 13:4–6 (ESV)
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Conquering Envy with Love
1. Ruthless inventory of your envy
2. Encountering Love
Conquering Envy with Love
Genesis 29:35 (ESV)
And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.
Conquering Envy with Love
Philippians 2:5–9 (ESV)
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
Communion
Ephesians 2:8, 19-22 (ESV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.