In this chapter we see God make promises, that from a human stand point weren't going to work...Abraham being the father of a great nation with NO children...Jacob being the one of
promise, but Isaac wanting to bless Esau. Doubt comes when we base God's ability to act on our own ability to understand how he will. In the end God overcame any doubt by working his ways to ensure his promise would be fulfilled. God challenges us to live by faith in his promises, even when we are tempted to doubt they will be fulfilled.
Ever since the fall into sin, a battle has been fought between the forces of good and the forces of evil. During the season of Lent, we follow Christ as he willingly takes up that battle as our substitute and representative. Today we see our Conquering hero battle the great tempter Satan in the desert. One little word can fell him.
The Story Sermon: Hope in the Darkness of Sin (Ch 1)
The opening chapter of the story sets the tone for God's interaction with his people. The perfection he created was corrupted by sin. Sin had its punish-ment and consequence, but it would not be overshadowed by the promises of God to continue the Story for the salvation of his people."
The story of Joseph is one for the soap opera. His ego got in his way of a relationship with his brothers. God gave him a lot of time to think...isolated in the pit, in the jail cell...he learned that, "what his brothers intended for harm was for his good." In the midst of isolation, he found the presence of God. Jacob mourned isolation from his favorite son, Joseph. His brothers felt the isolation of their sin as they traveled back to Jacob...what are we going to tell dad. Whether alone physically or alone because we are scared if someone finds out about our sin, God assures us of his presence and his forgiveness.