Dan Morrison HOM II

Genesis 47:29-48:22 Sermon Manuscript

You must not lose sight of what God has promised you. Jacob was on the brink of death and all he knew was that God has made him a promise. Therefore, he chose to believe what God told him. Looking at your own life, what has God promised you? For some, it may be healing, for others deliverance. For some, it may be the baptism in the Holy Spirit. And you may wonder, “Will God’s promise ever come? Will I be healed? Will I ever walk in freedom? Will I receive what I have asked of God?” And I tell you, what you should do is take the attitude of Jacob. Though about to die, Jacob believed against his present circumstances and held strongly to the conviction he learned throughout his life – that God is faithful. Jacob, believing in the faithfulness of God, had his son Joseph make a sacred oath not to bury him in Egypt, but to bury him with his fathers. This oath didn’t just have to do with Jacob, it had to do with the promise God made and the future of the people of Israel. The scope of Jacob’s vision was bigger than he. Therefore, he held on to the promise of God. How strong is your conviction about what God has spoken to you? Are you willing to step out simply on God’s word when there is nothing you can naturally see that supports it? This is the question of faith. When you are in a situation like Jacob was in, you need to remember those things which God has promised you in the past. When you don’t see or understand just how the promise of God is going to be a reality in your life, you have to look back and remind yourself of what God has done. Jacob remembered the promise God made him and this gave him hope for the future. In verse 3 Jacob says to his son Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me.” The account of the Lord appearing to Jacob at Luz is found in Genesis 28. Verses 13-15 give account of what God promised Jacob. “I am the LORD the God of Abraham your father and

I am with you and will keep you wherever you go. The land on which you lie I will give you and to your offspring. Remembering what God has done in the past stirs your faith to believe Him for the future. The fact that I have known God as a healer gives me faith to believe He still heals. and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south. In this case.” Jacob was a deceiver. For Jacob the lesson of learning to trust God took him a lifetime to learn. but in this case. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth. you are about to see a blessing which parallels his own. it was the blessing intended for his brother Esau. The fact that I have known Him as one who baptizes in the Spirit gives me the faith to believe He is still the baptizer in the Spirit. When he received the blessing from his father Isaac. Your history with God should be good enough for you to believe God will come through for now and in the future. This was a specific promise to Jacob. the . he was able to say. “This is what the Lord said to me. nor forsake you.Dan Morrison HOM II Genesis 47:29-48:22 Sermon Manuscript the God of Isaac.” And this is one thing you have to keep in mind when looking at the promise of God. but in the end. The same way God told Jacob “I am with you and will keep you wherever you go” “I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. But through deception. he was able to take the place of his brother and receive the blessing of the first-born son.” Another way to put it is that his name means “one who takes the place of another through scheming. The fact that I have known God as a savior gives me faith to believe he still saves. Now God is no respecter of persons.” Jesus says to you “I will never leave you. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you”. Behold. and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. but there are principles in this passage apply to your life. and I will bring you back to this land.” And this is exactly what Jacob did. His very name means “he who supplants.

as Jacob had.Dan Morrison HOM II Genesis 47:29-48:22 Sermon Manuscript blessing was not obtained through scheming deception. the older son. his father. to trust God. Whether you see immediately what you are looking for or not. But I know what’s best. “I know it is not how you thought it would be. that God was the one before whom his fathers .” That’s what you need to hear. Read verses 13-20 with me please…. seemed quite unconventional in the blessing of his grandsons. Now. When Joseph saw what was taking place. Rather. Even as you’re about to see. you were displeased with what was taking place? You must learn. God does not always work the way you want Him to work. Joseph already had in mind how he wanted God to work. He had a plan in mind. His expectation was that Manasseh. like Joseph. because. it was done by the hand of the Lord. he took his father’s right hand in order to place it on Manasseh. from all people. For Jacob’s response to Joseph is much like God’s response to you and me today. you must depend on God’s faithfulness to see you through your situation. I know this is not what you had in mind.” He says. as we can see. Based on how Joseph had positioned his sons. but he quickly learned. he says a couple of things about God. But what you have to do is acknowledge the fact that God is God. and has His own agenda. that God had another agenda. that God knows what’s best – and He is faithful. For what Jacob did. So many times we have in our minds how we want God to move and we make that our expectation. In verses 15-16 he says. How many times have you tried to change what God was doing in your own life. I know this is hard for you to understand. receive the greater blessing. He knows all. Even in Jacob’s blessing. “I know. Israel took his right hand and placed it on the one on his left and the left hand on the one on the right.

and kind. Learn to trust God. And just as Jacob reported these things about the Lord. God is with you. And He was the angel who had redeemed him from evil. even when you don’t understand what is going on . Jesus said of himself for you. His intention for you is good. . God had been his shepherd all is life. I AM”. and resurrection that we are totally redeemed. Learn to do what Jacob did. “Before Abraham was. HE is faithful. and just.Dan Morrison HOM II Genesis 47:29-48:22 Sermon Manuscript walked. have faith in Him. “I am the good shepherd. and believe that he is one who does what He says.” It is by his life.even when things are not going according to your plan. death.

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