Text: Genesis 37: 3-4, 26-28; 42: 1-7a; 45: 1-7 & Romans 8: 29



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Parenting: The Perfect Need Not Apply

Text: Genesis 37:3-4, 26-28; 42:1-7a; 45:1-7 & Romans 8:29

Todays text presents a story of a family from a long time ago and we can sometimes miss the impact of the story due to the trouble we have with their customs. If the barriers of time are bridged we will find much God is teaching us from these scriptures.
Today Jacob’s World

Modern Western Ancient Eastern
Technological/Industrial Agricultural/manual labor
Small families common ; Large families dominate;

children are an economic children are essential for

burden and government labor and in caring for programs care for elderly. parents and grandparents

as they age.
Names are based on sound Names have meaning
Jacob has more written about his family life than almost any other Biblical character. It is a complex story of God’s blessing, deceit, sibling turmoil caused by Jacob’s having favorites among his children, and finally healing and God’s protection and provision carried out through Jacob’s son Joseph.

Early in their home life Jacob’s two wives and children competed for his favor and later they began to reconcile. Look at how the names of their children reflect this.

Leah’s children: firstborn Reuben “see, a son” or “he will love me”, second born Simeon “he has heard.” Rachel’s first born Joseph: “may Yahweh add” a desperate plea for more children. Finally Leah’s last child: Zebulun: “gift”. The strife was ending and God’s restoration was taking hold.


Parenting: The Perfect Need Not Apply

Text: Genesis 37:3-4, 26-28; 42:1-7a; 45:1-7 & Romans 8:29

Todays text presents a story of a family from a long time ago and we can sometimes miss the impact of the story due to the trouble we have with their customs. If the barriers of time are bridged we will find much God is teaching us from these scriptures.
Today Jacob’s World

Modern Western Ancient Eastern
Technological/Industrial Agricultural/manual labor
Small families common ; Large families dominate;

children are an economic children are essential for

burden and government labor and in caring for programs care for elderly. parents and grandparents

as they age.
Names are based on sound Names have meaning
Jacob has more written about his family life than almost any other Biblical character. It is a complex story of God’s blessing, deceit, sibling turmoil caused by Jacob’s having favorites among his children, and finally healing and God’s protection and provision carried out through Jacob’s son Joseph.

Early in their home life Jacob’s two wives and children competed for his favor and later they began to reconcile. Look at how the names of their children reflect this.

Leah’s children: firstborn Reuben “see, a son” or “he will love me”, second born Simeon “he has heard.” Rachel’s first born Joseph: “may Yahweh add” a desperate plea for more children. Finally Leah’s last child: Zebulun: “gift”. The strife was ending and God’s restoration was taking hold.

How to cope with shortcomings and errors in parenting: 1) Learn from failure; do not be ruled by it. 2) Commit to each other; Jacob, Rachel and Leah, and their whole family stayed together allowing God to restore and heal. 3) God’s grace is sufficient when our efforts are insufficient. This concept is explained in 2nd Corinthians 12:9 and illustrated in the life of Joseph.

2nd Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Genesis 45:4-7 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
How to cope with shortcomings and errors in parenting: 1) Learn from failure; do not be ruled by it. 2) Commit to each other; Jacob, Rachel and Leah, and their whole family stayed together allowing God to restore and heal. 3) God’s grace is sufficient when our efforts are insufficient. This concept is explained in 2nd Corinthians 12:9 and illustrated in the life of Joseph.
2nd Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Genesis 45:4-7 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.



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