by Donald Cantrell

The Great Switch
Donald Cantrell
Genesis 48:1-19

Theme: ‘‘Considering God grafting the church in’’

The odds of having a twin are 1 in 33 or 3 percent of all births. In 2006 there would have been just under 46,000 twins born. The older the age of the mother, the greater odds of having twins. It is fun to hear various stories of twins tricking people on dates, skipping school, or even taking test. In the bible we read of a famous set of twins, Jacob and Esau. If we read the story of these two brothers we quickly realize that they were not identical twins, but Jacob was the trickster and the conniver.

In our sermon today we find that Jacob is now coming to the end of his journey and life is still repeating itself. When he was a young man he pulled of one of the greatest switches known to mankind. Jacob and his mother Rachel schemed together to dupe Isaac and steal the birthright and the blessing of being first born from Esau. If you know the story, then you are aware that due to Isaac being old and his eyes were dim, he was tricked by his mother and his son. The great switch had been invoked and the younger was going to be blessed rather than the older.

I - The Matter of the Hour ‘‘The Setting’’

The aged patriarch is now 147 years old. He was 130 upon entering Egypt and he has now been there 17 years. I find it amusing that Joseph was around 17 years old upon being sold into slavery, and upon being reunited with his son, Jacob gets another 17 years.

Gen 47:9 KJV - And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.

Gen 47:28 KJV - And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.

A) Jacob’s Dying Hour (1a)

Gen 48:1 KJV - And it came to pass after t ...

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