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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Genesis 42:36

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"ALL THINGS ARE AGAINST ME"
Intro: Jacob's sons have just returned from Egypt with report of rough treatment. Accused of being spies, brother Simeon being held as hostage. Benjamin must go with them on next trip to verify their story. As they open their sacks of grain, there are bundles of money in each sack.
I. JACOB'S CRY, "ALL THINGS ARE AGAINST ME."
A. Despair can cause us to do foolish things.
1. Lash out at our friends.
a. "Me have ye bereaved of my children."
2. Exaggerate the problem.
a. "Joseph is not, Simeon is not."
3. Make rash statements.
a. "All things."
b. Benjamin shall not go down with you.
B. Despair shows loss of faith.
1. Faith hopes for the best, despair expects the worst.
2. Jacob got his eyes off God and onto the problem.
3. Just looking at the world could cause despair.
4. Just looking at our situations can cause despair.
5. "They endured as seeing the invisible."
a. Faith is not blind.
b. Man of faith sees more than anyone.
6. "We look not at the things that are seen..."
C. The cry came from imperfect knowledge.
1. If he only knew the whole truth, he would not be in despair.
2. That rough man in Egypt is his beloved son, Joseph.
3. Instead of great sorrow awaiting you, there is a great joy.
D. It is a false cry.
1. All these things have been ordained by God for your preservation.
a. Later Joseph assures his brothers of this fact (45:7).
b. Joseph now had advantage of hindsight. "All the way my Savior led."
II. "ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE."
A. This is not a promise, it is a fact.
B. It is a fact upon which to place our faith.
1. Faith should not be founded in feelings. "I felt chills," warm.
2. Faith must be founded in facts of God's word.
3. Feelings can vary, the Word remains.
C. We, like Jacob, often look at obvious, visible circumstances and cry rash accusations.
1. "God has forsaken me."
2. "How can I believe in God anymore?"
3. "God has failed me."
4. We lash out at friends who are trying to encourage us.
D. If we could see beyond today as God does see, then all our tears we'd wipe away, our sorrows flee, or present griefs we would not fret each sorrow we would soon forget.
E. One more verse that deals with "all things." Romans 8:35, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"
Sermon Notes for Genesis 42:6 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Genesis 45:5-8 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Revelation 1 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Exodus 3:1-4 Next Book →
CONTENT DISCLAIMER:

The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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