by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 7 and 8 of a 18 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 7: Esau-The Man They Called, 'The Red'
Series: God's Gallery
Stuart Briscoe
Genesis 25:27-34

Esau, the son of Isaac, was given the name Edom, meaning Red (Genesis 5:30). He was a red-blooded man, sanguine in temperament (cf. choleric, phlegmatic and melancholic).

I. He Despised His Birthright. Genesis 25:34

A. The significance of the birthright.
1. Specially consecrated to God. Exodus 22:29

2. Specially honored in the family. Genesis 49:3

3. Specially blessed materially. Deuteronomy 21:17

4. Specially endowed spiritually. Genesis 17:6-8

B. The insignificance of the birthright to Esau.
1. He preferred the SENSUAL to the SPIRITUAL. Genesis 25:30
a. Senses stimulate legitimate appetites.

b. These appetites produce and preserve life.

c. But appetites are opportunities for sin.

d. Spiritual values guard from these sins.


Part 8: Jacob-The Man Who Died Happy
Series: God's Gallery
Stuart Briscoe
Hebrews 11:20-21

Some men start well and finish badly. Jacob started badly and finished well. He attributed the change in his experience to El Shaddai (God Almighty).

I. The Revelation of El Shaddai. Genesis 28:11-22

A. The coincidence of meeting El Shaddai. v. 11
N.B. "Lighted" means "by chance" but no coincidence as far as God was concerned.

B. The confrontation with El Shaddai. vv. 12-13
1. Isaac had introduced him to El (strength) Shaddai (sufficiency). v. 3

2. Now he saw this God was reachable.

3. God spoke and Jacob knew He could become personal.

C. The covenant with El Shaddai. vv. 13-15
1. The promises of God.
a. Presence.

b. Preservation.

c. Power.
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