God’s Presence revealed to Isaac –

 Genesis 28:10-13c…10 Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran.

 A distance of about 600 miles. Abraham’s father, Terah, moved to Haran with his family from Ur, now Iraq, (Gen. 11:31-32). Then Abraham, his wife Sarah, and his nephew Lot relocated to Canaan. By Jacob’s time, the family remaining in Haran were there to help him and ultimately to treat him with deceit.

 11 He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place.

On his journey, Jacob covered maybe 60 miles and stopped to rest.

12 He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

God revealed Himself to Jacob in a dream by the appearance of angels on a ladder to heaven.

13a-b And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac;

God spoke directly to Jacob in the dream and identified Himself as the Lord in all uppercase letters indicating the covenant name Yahweh and is God’s desire for a personal relationship with His people. [All sites do not support small capital letters, so when doubt of whether it is Lord or Lord go to your Bible.]

God further identified Himself as the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. This reminded Jacob of his ancestry, both physically and spiritually and Moses added Jacob’s name to this list in Exodus A.This all pictures the coming of the Messiah in a new way about 1800 years later; “they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” ” B

Today we have the Bible to show us His will, and the presence and glory of God, the Holy Spirit to teach, guide and convict us. The Omnipresent God is present in all believers at the same time!

Notes: A- Exodus 3:6,15-16; B- Old Testament prophecy Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23 New Testament fulfillment

Henry Luke

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 2018 Christmas Greetings from Henry & Barbara Luke

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We are thankful to Jesus for another blessed year in Jacksonville, Florida. There are new milestones in our lives:

  1. We have our 56th wedding anniversary on December 21.
  2. Barbara has been playing the harp at First Baptist Church since April 1983 or 35 years.
  3. Henry has been teaching Sunday School for 49 years at FBC and mentoring men One2Won since 2009.
  4. We are blessed to have daughter Linda Luke Lineberger and her 2 daughters and son David and wife Jennifer and there 2 sons in Jacksonville living within a 15-minute drive.
  5. Our grandsons were the cowboys in the children’s Christmas musical “Toy Store” at FBC Sunday evening December 2, 2018.
  6. Barbara, our daughter and both granddaughters were in the Symphony Presentation at FBC Sunday night at 12/9/2018 and will be in the choir and orchestra presentation at FBC 12/16/2018. You can watch live anywhere there is internet in the world Sunday12/16 at 6:00 PM EST here.
  7. We are thankful for our Senior Pastor Dr. Heath Lambert and his family. Here is a brief video 2018 Christmas at FBC with our Senior Pastor and family
  8. The 2018 Easter Passion Play was a blessing again this year; here is a video that could serve as an opportunity to see the entire redemption story from the Garden of Eden to the future 2nd coming of Jesus; 2018 FBC Passion Play. I believe you would be blessed by this Broadway quality presentation that involves over 400 people and animals.
  9. Barbara continues to teach piano or harp to children and adults and loves it.

Henry and Barbara Luke

4480 Deerwood Lake Parkway Unit 658

Jacksonville, Fl 32216

Henry 904-318-5266 Barbara 904-655-8644

email click here for Barbara or henrycluke1@gmail.com for Henry

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The blessing left for Esau and departure of Jacob –

Genesis 27:30-46

38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” So Esau lifted his voice and wept.

39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him,“Behold, away from the fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling, And away from the dew of heaven from above.
40 “By your sword you shall live, And your brother you shall serve; But it shall come about when you become restless, That you will break his yoke from your neck.”

41 So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”

42 Now when the words of her elder son Esau were reported to Rebekah, she sent and called her younger son Jacob, and said to him, “Behold your brother Esau is consoling himself concerning you by planning to kill you. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice, and arise, flee to Haran, to my brother Laban! 44 Stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury subsides,”

Esau was anger with Jacob and said when my father dies I will kill Jacob. But, Rebekah sent Jacob to Laban in Haran for what she thought was a few days. That was the last time Rebekah ever saw Jacob on earth because his stay in Haran was not a few days but 20 years. Interesting facts about Jacob.

“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”

 Memory verse – Genesis 25:8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to his people

Major points in Genesis 25-27:

  1. Abraham lived a long satisfied life. 25:8  I want to hear the Lord say “well done” Matthew 25:21 I love Him because He first loved me 1 John 4:19 how can I do less?
  2. IV & V. The Lord spoke to Rebekah 25:22-23 and to Isaac 26:2-6, 23-24. How does the Lord speak to you today? The Bible, Holy Spirit, the mind of Christ, sermons, meditating on scripture, and memorized scripture.
  3. Covenant of God – Eight Old Testament Biblical Covenants Fulfilled in Jesus.
  4. Deceitful son and wife. Did you tell any lies this week, even little white lies?
  5. Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.

 Henry Luke

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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The blessing of Jacob –

Genesis 27:28-29…28 Now may God give you of the dew of heaven, And of the fatness of the earth, And an abundance of grain and new wine;
29 May peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you; Be master of your brothers,
And may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be those who curse you, And blessed be those who bless you.”

The blessing of Isaac upon Jacob points us to Jesus. When Isaac gives the blessing that we find in vv28-29, the intended recipient is Esau, not Jacob. But Jacob is the descendant of Abraham through whom the covenant promises carry on and when read in light of God’s covenant promises, the blessing that Isaac speaks over Jacob is eternal.

Which one of Jacob’s descendants is it that people will serve, before whom nations will bow down, who will be lord over his brothers, and who will bring cursing to those who curse him and blessing to those who bless him? It is Jesus! Paul tells us that at His name “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” [Philippians 2:11].

Every person on earth who claims the promise in [Romans 10:9,13; Ephesians 2:8-9 on earth will be in heaven with Jesus but those who reject Jesus on earth will bow their knee at the judgment throne of God in Revelation 20:11-15 before being thrown into the lake of fire. Like Ishmel and Esau, everyone has a choice.

This blessing points us to the Lordship of Jesus. What does it practically look like for you today to bow down to your Lord Jesus Christ?

Henry Luke

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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 A deceitful son and wife and deceived father –

 Genesis 27:1-2918 Then he came to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”

Lie #1 19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn;

Lie #2 – I have done as you told me.

Lie #3 – Get up, please, sit and eat of my game, that you may bless me.” 20 Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have it so quickly, my son?” And he said,

Lie #4 – Because the Lord your God caused it to happen to me.” 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come close, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.”

Lie #5 – 22 So Jacob came close to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him.

Lie #6 – 24 And he said, “Are you really my son Esau?” And he said, “I am. 25 So he said, “Bring it to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, that I may bless you.” And he brought it to him, and he ate; he also brought him wine and he drank.

Lie #7 – 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Please come close and kiss me, my son.” 27 So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he blessed him and said, “See, the smell of my son Is like the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed;

Did you tell any lies this week, even little white lies? If so seek forgiveness.

Henry Luke

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The Lord spoke to Isaac –

 Genesis 26:1-35The Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;  So Isaac lived in Gerar.

Isaac is the child of promise. V. 6 Isaac obeyed the Lord’s command in v.2 and went to Gerar v.6. God repeats His promises of blessing, land, and offspring to Isaac in Vv.1-5, 23-25. Just as Abraham lies about Sarah’s identity to both Pharaoh and Abimelech to protect himself [Genesis 12:10-20; 20:1-18], so also Isaac lies to Abimelech in the same way and for the same reason Vv.6-11.

All the family of Abraham and his seed are sinners. Our Lord, Jesus–perfect and sinless comes from a long line of sinners on His mother’s side. Abraham Isaac and the Patriarchs needed the same grace of God and forgiveness of sin that we need. God makes His covenant promises to Isaac both before his sin [Genesis 26:1-5] and after his sin [Genesis 26:23-25]. God remains faithful to His covenant promises even though Isaac has been unfaithful.

God deals with us in the same way! The only difference is that while they looked forward to the future coming of the Messiah to see the hope of God’s faithfulness, we look back at the resurrection to see God’s faithfulness fulfilled. May we come to Jesus today with all our imperfections, all our sin, and all our inadequacies; may we bow our knee to Him as Lord and King, and may we experience the wonderful grace and forgiveness that is ours in Jesus.

Eight Old Testament Biblical Covenants Fulfilled in Jesus.

Where are you placing your trust today? Do you trust in your own ability,
strength, adequacies, or the righteousness of God? 

How does the Lord speak to you today?

Henry Luke

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Rebekah inquired of the Lord –

Rebekah inquired of the Lord – Genesis 25:12-34 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.”

Rebekah bears twins; Esau and Jacob. Just as there was a sharp conflict between Isaac and Ishmael, one being the child of promise and one not, so also God tells Rebekah of the rivalry there will be between Jacob and Esau v.23.

This rivalry is revealed through Jacob’s cunningness. One day Esau comes back from the field hunting famished. Jacob is at home cooking stew, and Esau asks Jacob if he would give him some. Esau made the decision to give up his birthright, since he was the firstborn, in return for a meal.

We see repeatedly in Genesis how God uses unlikely means to preserve and carry forward His promised seed. In Genesis 25 He uses a mother and father who show favoritism and a cunning brother, Jacob. It is Jacob, not Esau, who receives the birthright. Through Jacob the promises God made to Abraham result in Jesus. [Matthew 1:1:16] .

God uses broken sinners to carry forward His plans and purposes. How does this impact the way you think about your relationship with God and His plans for you in this world? How does God speak to you?

Henry Luke

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