By Faith, Jacob

‘Toy Story 3′ Shows the Power of Blessing Others’ Gifts

In the movie Toy Story 3, Andy, the owner of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and other toys, is preparing to leave for college. At the end of the movie, he decides to give his toys to a young girl named Bonnie.

The scene starts with Andy entering the front gate of Bonnie’s home and showing her the box of toys. Andy tells her, “I’m Andy. Someone told me you’re really good with toys. These are mine, but I’m going away now, so I need someone really special to play with them.” Then as Andy proceeds to hand the toys to Bonnie, he introduces them by saying something special about each one.

He begins with his toy cowgirl Jessie: “This is Jessie—the roughest, toughest cowgirl in the whole West. She loves critters, but none more’n her best pal, Bullseye.”

Andy then hands Bonnie his toy Tyrannosaurus, Rex, “the meanest, most terrifying dinosaur who ever lived.”

For the Potato Heads, Andy says, “The Potato Heads—Mister and Missus. You gotta keep em together cause they’re madly in love.”

Slinky the Dog “is as loyal as any dog you could want.”

Andy blesses Hamm, the Pig, by saying, “He’ll keep your money safe, but he’s also one of the most dastardly villains of all time, Evil Dr. Pork Chop!”

Buzz Lightyear is “the coolest toy ever. Look, he can fly, and shoot lasers. He’s sworn to protect the galaxy from the evil Emperor Zurg!”

Finally, for his pal Woody, Andy says, “He’s been my pal as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special? Is he’ll never give up on you—ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.”

Toy Story 3, Scene 33, “Goodbye Andy,” 1:28:55 to 1:32:05; Submitted by Derek Chin, Portland, Oregon

Today, we continue our walk through Hebrews 11 and we come to verse 20. For the next two weeks we will look at blessings. Today, we look at Isaac and his blessings of Jacob and Esau. This is an insightful passage and it is a passage that gave me more insights the longer I looked at it. I have read this passage again and again, but until now it never stood out to me how God’s sovereignty came through and how Isaac had faith.

As we look at these two passages we will see that

Isaac blessed his two sons in faith.

Isaac’s blessings are prophetic.

Application:

God is sovereign we can trust Him. This means that we can have faith in Him.

Read with me Heb. 11:20:

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

  1. Now, I must start by summarizing this event in the Old Testament.
    1. If you want to follow along, which I recommend you do, please turn to Genesis 27.
    2. It can be so very easy to get bogged down with the story line of how the blessing came about, but the reality is that in these blessings we see a great God. God was, and is over everything. God’s will came about. God had determined that the older will serve the younger (Gen. 25:23), and the blessings show that.
    3. We have four main characters in this narrative.
      1. We have Isaac and he is the dad. He is the son of Abraham and Sarah.
      2. We have Rebekah and she is the mother and Isaac’s wife.
  • We have the two sons and they are Esau, the oldest.
  1. And we have Jacob the youngest.
  1. We have some back story that you must be aware of:
    1. In Genesis 25:23 Rebekah is told that the older will serve the younger.
    2. In Genesis 25:25 we see the birth of the two
  • In Genesis 25:33-34 we see Esau very hungry so he sells his birthright to his brother. This meant that now his younger brother has the right to the first born blessing.
  1. In Genesis 25:28 we see that Esau was loved by Jacob because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
  2. In Genesis 26:34-35 we see that Esau took wives from foreign women and this made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.
  3. In Genesis 27 There is a major deceptive account of Jacob stealing the blessing from Esau. Now, Jacob has already paid for the blessing, but now he actually takes it. I guess Esau was not really going to give it to him. In reality, as I shared, Isaac should have known that the blessings of the firstborn belonged to Jacob, the younger God declared that, yet, Isaac was not obeying God. Do you see how God works? Do you see that God’s will comes about in the end?
  • Let me break down chapter 27:
    1. Verses 1-4: Isaac calls Esau and tells him to go hunt some game and they will eat and he will give him the blessing.
    2. Verses 5-17: Rebekah had overheard Isaac’s plan, but she loves Jacob more. So she has her own plan. Jacob is to take a few of the young goats and have them slaughtered and Rachel will prepare them. Jacob will go into his father, Isaac, and pretend to be Esau and steal the blessing. Isaac’s eyesight is failing so this should not be an issue. Jacob will wear Esau’s clothes and use goat skin to make him feel hairy like Esau.
    3. Verses 18-29: the plan works and Jacob is blessed.
    4. Verses 30-38: Esau returns and is upset that the blessing was stolen. Isaac and Esau are beyond upset. Esau gets the secondary blessing.
  • The blessings are prophetic:
  1. Verse 28: May God give you:
    1. Dew of Heaven
    2. Fatness of the earth
    3. Plenty of grain and wine

Verse 29:

  1. Let people’s serve you,
  2. And nations bow down to you
  3. Be Lord over your brother’s and may your mother’s sons bow down to
    1. à He should have never given this to Esau since he knew what God has said at the birth in Genesis 25:23
  4. Cursed be everyone who curses you and blessed be everyone who blesses you.
    1. This is from Genesis 12:3 given to Abraham.
  5. Esau:
    1. He will be away from the fatness of the earth and away from the dew.
      1. àThis is a contrast to Jacob.
    2. By your sword you shall live and you shall serve your brother.
      1. àIn contrast to Jacob.
    3. But when you grow restless you shall break his yoke from your neck.
  6. Everything in this chapter is a mess, but God’s will came through. His will was that Jacob was the chosen one.
  7. Some insight that Tim Keller gives:

Many years ago, when I first started reading the Book of Genesis, it was very upsetting to me. Here are all these spiritual heroes—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph—and look at how they treat women. They engage in polygamy, and they buy and sell their wives. It was awful to read their stories at times. But then I read Robert Alter’s The Art of Biblical Narrative. Alter is a Jewish scholar at Berkeley whose expertise is ancient Jewish literature. In his book he says there are two institutions present in the Book of Genesis that were universal in ancient cultures: polygamy and primogeniture. Polygamy said a husband could have multiple wives, and primogeniture said the oldest son got everything—all the power, all the money. In other words, the oldest son basically ruled over everyone else in the family. Alter points out that when you read the Book of Genesis, you’ll see two things. First of all, in every generation polygamy wreaks havoc. Having multiple wives is an absolute disaster—socially, culturally, spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, and relationally. Second, when it comes to primogeniture, in every generation God favors the younger son over the older. He favors Abel, not Cain; Isaac, not Ishmael; Jacob, not Esau. Alter says that you begin to realize what the Book of Genesis is doing—it is subverting, not supporting, those ancient institutions at every turn.

When I read Alter’s book, I then reread the Book of Genesis and loved it. And then it hit me: What if when I was younger, I had abandoned my trust in the Bible because of these accounts in Genesis? What if I had drop-kicked the Bible and the Christian faith, missing out on a personal relationship with Christ—all because I couldn’t understand the behavior of the patriarchs? The lesson is simple: Be patient with the text. Consider the possibility that it might not be teaching what you think it’s teaching.

Tim Keller, in the sermon “Literalism” (available on PreachingToday.com on 5-17-10)

  1. Did you notice God’s sovereignty in these events?
    1. Some of you need to read this and be encouraged.
      1. Be encouraged that God’s will always comes about.
      2. Be encouraged that you are never too far gone for God to use you. God wants to use and will use you if you give Him the chance.
  • You may think I am afraid that I will mess up what God is doing, listen: NO YOU WON’T.
  1. Look God worked in all of this mess and He wants to work in your life.
  1. Some of you have been refusing to let God work in your life. You need to read this, repent and turn to God.
    1. I am not saying that you are or are not a Christian. I am saying that you are running from God.
    2. Listen, God’s will will come about We see this in this chapter. God works in messy situations. You will not thwart God’s plan. However, you ought to be a part of God’s plan.
  • Quit running from God. Quit telling God no. Let God, in His sovereign plan use you. Look, He will He absolutely will, use you anyways. So, are you going to go along willingly or begrudgingly.
  • Apply the faith of Isaac to your life.
    1. How was Isaac faithful? Let me get back to this. Isaac was faithful in that he trusted God to fulfill His promises.
    2. These promises come from the Abrahamic Covenant. The original promise of the Abrahamic Covenant began in Genesis 12:1-3 and then in Genesis 13:14-18 and then 15:18-21 and then 17:6. These promises had to do with blessing the descendants to be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Isaac trusted God in the blessing.
    3. Do we trust God’s promises?
    4. God’s promises are found in His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17), do we trust them?
    5. Do we trust the promise of the Gospel: 2 Cor. 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
    6. 2 Cor. 5:21: 21 God made him who had no sinto be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Close:

Trust God’s Word which contains His promises, Isaac did. In trusting we have faith.

Don’t run from God and don’t think you are too far Gone. God is working through you and wants to. You will not thwart God’s plan.

God created us to be with him. (Genesis 1-2)

Our sin separated us from God. (Genesis 3)

Sins cannot be removed by good deeds (Gen 4-Mal 4)

Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again. (Matthew – Luke)

Everyone who trusts in him alone has eternal life. (John – Jude)

Life that’s eternal means we will be with Jesus forever. (Revelation 22:5)

Pray

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