Formations lesson for August 7, 2005: Repairing Relationships With God : Friday, July 15, 2005
July 15 2005 by Haven Parrott

Formations lesson for August 7, 2005: Repairing Relationships With God : Friday, July 15, 2005
Friday, July 15, 2005

Formations lesson for August 7, 2005: Repairing Relationships With God

By Haven Parrott
Focal passage: Genesis 27:41-28:22

Jacob's Dream Comes True

There's probably something to like about Jacob, but I'm missing it. I guess I can't help connecting the dots (spoiled, deceitful, conniving, ambitious, self-serving) in an attempt to piece together a mental picture of him.

Assuming my scripture-informed and imagination-inspired depiction is closer to character sketch than caricature, Jacob, for most of his life anyway, was a textbook example of self-centeredness. Which makes him at least relatable, if not likeable.

And even if I'm way off base in my estimation of his character, as I very well may be (after all, who can understand all the complexities and wrinkles originating from God's baffling, sovereign choice of Jacob over Esau?), it doesn't much matter, because what's most important about this story is God's character, not Jacob's.

Ever eager to repair the relationship fractured in Eden with Adam's children, even those of questionable character, God went so far as to construct a staircase connecting heaven to earth: Jacob's dream of a ladder linking God and man eventually came true in the person of Jesus Christ.

The Ultimate in Relationship Repair

And so Jacob's story is something of a parable of how God relentlessly, sovereignly, works His glorious, redemptive repair job across all times and even individual lifetimes.

First, there's the personal presentation of Himself to someone whose knowledge of Him is, at best, secondhand. At Bethel, Abraham and Isaac's God became Jacob's. Jacob's recognition of his visitation, "Surely the Lord is in this place!" is pre-reminiscent of the centurion's who, some 2,000 years later, stood at the bottom of the Stairway to Heaven and cried, "Surely this was the son of God!"

Recall the moment of His personal presentation to you, and I'll recall mine. The moment we each confessed some similar "Surely...!", the moment we accepted His invitation into the house of God, that was our Bethel. Like Jacob, heirs to the Promised Land and recipients of God's constant provision and presence, "And behold, I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go," we journey on.

Life happens. And, because He is always ruling and overruling, what may seem like a series of unfortunate, even unfair, events (like when Jacob got Leah when he'd bargained for Rachel) turn out to be the means by which Christ is brought forth from us.

In other words, the wonderfully encouraging, exceedingly intriguing truth is that our bafflingly sovereign Lord eventually brings forth Christ from us ("And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit." 2 Cor. 3:18) just as surely as He eventually brought forth Christ (through the tribe of Judah) from Jacob, through a marriage Jacob never meant to make.

Now that's what I'd call the ultimate in relationship repair: God using people, like Jacob and you and me, who have botched His image to somehow bring forth His Son's, for our good and His glory.

7/15/2005 12:00:00 AM by Haven Parrott | with 0 comments




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