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Dying Grace (47 of 48)
Series: Creation or Evolution?
Dr. Stan Coffey
INTRODUCTION: The Genesis road now turns its final bend. Joseph is on the throne, the days of his rejection are over and the long day of his glory has come. But Moses is now instructed by the Spirit of God to write an appendix. The appendix deals with two notable deaths - the death of Jacob, chapter 47:27-50:21 and the death of Joseph, chapter 50:22-26.
Last words are extremely important. The prophecies that pour from Jacob's lips during his last moments on earth are among the most remarkable and detailed in the Bible. The poetic but prophetic stanzas flowed steadily from Jacob's lips as his eyes moved from son to son. Jacob's words demonstrate what Paul said when he said "my grace is sufficient for thee." God's grace is sufficient in life and when we come to die the Lord gives to his servants dying grace. This story tells us why the Bible says "precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
I. JACOB HAD A FORGIVING LORD WITH HIM - 48:1-3
A. Jacob's timing
B. Jacob's testimony - verse 3
1. At Bethel Jacob had been sentenced with death
2. At Bethel Jacob had been shrouded with darkness
3. At Bethel Jacob had been surrounded by desert
a. It was a place of alienation
b. It was a place of separation
c. It was a place of confrontation
C. Janab's triumph
1. He saw God's revelation - vs. 3 "A ladder that re ...
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