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Genesis 25:19-34

Wait in Faith

  • Samuel Wilson
  • Weekend Messages
  • November 22, 2014

The story found in Genesis 25 involving Jacob and Esau shows how Jacob takes the will of God into his own hands and Esau falls right into the trap due to impatience. Both Jacob and Esau were unable to wait for God’s best. They struggled to be patient. God wants to bring about blessing, character and fruit from your life. There is a process where God will shape you, whereby blessing will come to your life, but remember to wait in faith, as his plan is higher than our own.

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Wait in Faith

Genesis 25:19-34 


Illus. I should have waited…

This morning, we are going to look at a story involving Jacob and Esau. Jacob takes the will of God into his own hands and Esau falls right into the trap due to impatience. Both Jacob and Esau were unable to wait for God’s best.

Read: Genesis 25:19-34

Jacob and Esau were at each other before they were even born. One key portion of this scripture is in verse 25 where the Lord says to Rebekah, “Two nations are in your womb; and two peoples will be separated from your body; and one people shall be stronger than the other; and the older shall serve the younger.”

God had made a prophesy to Rebekah, that birthright would go to the younger. In this story, we see Jacob take the mantle by manipulating to get it. We also see Esau, who willingly gives up his birthright as the firstborn for a bowl of Jacob’s stew.

You have to remember, God wants to bring about blessing, character and fruit from your life. There is a process where God will shape you, whereby blessing will come to your life, but remember to wait in faith, as his plan is higher than our own.

I. Trust in the Lords Timing

  • Jacob knew that God had said Esau would serve him as he had promised Rebekah. How that would play out, he did not know, so he decides make it happen in his own strength.
  • Jacob sets a trap in order to get Esau to sell him his birthright. He knows what Esau likes. This may not have been the first time he saw Esau’s love of food; Esau was a hunter, a rugged man.
  • “Hey Esau, do you smell that?” This is my best pot of stew yet!” He had him at the smell of the stew.

Illus. - They always put up a picture of someone eating with a smile on their face.

  • Jacob is ready for Esau, and as Esau requests some stew, he asks him for his birthright.
  • Jacob asks Esau to swear to him and Esau does.
  • There are many ways in which God wants to bless His people. However, Jacob goes ahead of God, he’s determined to bless himself.

A. Let God bless your future

  • When you take God’s blessing into your own hands, you can rob your future.

App. - There are many blessings God wants to give, how are you going about the pursuit of those blessings? Those promotions?

Galatians 5:19-23

  • The Lord had already said to Rebekah, “The older will serve the younger.” Jacob felt the need to help the Lord out.
  • Jacob’s grandparents had a similar need to help God out. Abraham and Sarah were promised children. Sarah thinks she is too old and Abraham ends up trying to fulfill God’s promise with Hagar. Many of the problems in the Middle East exist in this world today as a result. 

Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

  • God’s will is perfect, it also requires waiting in faith.
  • It is important that you go about godly things in a godly way; pursue His best in your life.

B. Wait for God’s perfect will

Matthew 6:25-27

  • Jacob wasn’t able to trust God’s word and keep matters in the Lord’s hands.
  • The Lord had a plan, but it was not happening when Jacob felt it should happen.
  • It is critical to trust the Lord, trust that what his word says is true and to wait in faith. God’s perfect will is better.

Isaiah 40:31 “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired they will walk and not become weary.” 

  • The Lord will renew your strength; you can run this race and not grow tired. There is a building up of faith in waiting. A place where you are being strengthened.

App. - As we drove around the Washington D.C. area we used our GPS a great deal. We began having a conversation about simply plugging in the address and just turning where the computer tells us to…

“go here” or “go there”.

  • New strength is built when you wait on the Lord and pursue His will. Scripture will point you towards waiting on God’s will.

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…”

  • Wait in faith for God’s perfect will, He will build incredible character inside of you.
  • Jacob ended up pursuing his own blessing; Esau on the other hand, gives up his birthright for a bowl of stew. Both of these brothers were focused on what they felt was best.

II.  God’s Best is Better

Psalm 34:8 “O Taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”

  • Esau didn’t seem to value his birthright and gave it away to satisfy the desires of his fleshly hunger.
  • In a moment of hunger, in want of this great smelling stew, Esau gives up what is rightfully his and was of great value.
  • There is a personal application in this part of the story because we can easily trade God’s best for what we see with our eyes, smell with our noses or desire with our flesh

App. - Follow your nose.

A. Seek God’s perspective

App – If this were a scene in a play between Jacob and Esau, we would all be shouting, don’t do it!! We may also be shouting if we’re counseling a friend in this situation.

  • There was a great value associated with the birthright. This birthright would belong to Esau as the firstborn. This birthright would be a blessing to his life. He would receive a double portion in the inheritance; he would take on the priestly duties for his family after his father’s passing as well as judicial authority.
  • Esau was hungry, impatient and without perspective. It did not matter to him; all he was concerned with was how he felt in that moment.

App. – That stew, at the wrong time, would prove to be quite costly in his life. Good stew, but not the right time for him to eat it. This reminds me of “Acke” fruit.

  • Esau paid a price by giving up his birthright. I am sure the stew smelled good, but it was not the right time to eat it.
  • This is typically how sin can take place in your life.
  • Think about it, right from the first couple and the forbidden fruit, it started to look very good. So much so, that they ate it.
  • There can become a willingness to give into sin for a moment or a season. We need God’s perspective.
  • The enemy comes but to steal, kill and destroy.

Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Illus. – Jacob ends up receiving the birthright. He even takes it another step by asking Esau to swear to him.

  • God’s perspective will remind you, by faith; you do not wait in vain.
  • There are many great biblical examples of waiting on the timing of the Lord; there are also some that aren’t so great. From God’s word we can gain perspective and recognition of life’s challenges.

Illus. - I love the story of David, who after being anointed king served the king who was before him. David was anointed of the Lord and did not question it. Are you questioning your birthright in the Lord? 

  • What you have in God is more than momentary, however, the inability to pursue God’s perspective will result in the pursuit of momentary pleasures or gain.

App. - What would you do for money? Or for love?

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

B. Let your heart take courage

Psalm 31:24 “Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.”

  • Your faith is key and as your courage increases, your faith increases as well.
  • There is a building up while you wait. Allowing your heart to take courage, your faith to arise.
  • It is at that point, when you have received so much from God, you can then also be used of God to bless others. To encourage them while they wait.
  • Esau gave in to momentary satisfaction. He ate, drank and went on his way. The result was being full for a few hours, trading his birthright and inheritance, for a bowl of stew.

Psalm 37:34 “Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.”

  • God’s perspective will tell you that His best is worth the wait. Allow your heart to take courage. God will make a way for you, even if mistakes have been made, but I know there is peace for your life if you will wait in faith. You will inherit the land God has in store for you.

In what area are you waiting today? I encourage you to wait in faith!

Genesis 25:19-34    NASB

19 Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham became the father of Isaac; 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. 21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If it is so, why then am I this way?" So she went to inquire of the Lord.
23 The Lord said to her,
"Two nations are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people shall be stronger than the other;
And the older shall serve the younger."
24 When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.
27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; 30 and Esau said to Jacob, "Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished." Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 But Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright." 32 Esau said, "Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?" 33 And Jacob said, "First swear to me"; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

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