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A bowl of red stew

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-07-15 (월) 10:39 조회 : 58
설교일 : 2019.07.14
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : Genesis 25:27-34

July 14, 2019

 

A bowl of red stew

Genesis 25:27-34

 

Rev. Eungyong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

There are some events that make big differences in a person’s life, and for Jacob’s life, serving ‘the red lentil stew’ to his older brother Esau was such an event. Born as the younger of the twin brothers, Jacob had schemed to take the birthright from Esau and this event changed Jacob’s life dramatically. This turned out to be the most important and crucial event of his life.

 

< One day while chatting with my mother, I learned about the life story of my maternal grandmother. As she was the wife of the oldest grandson of the family, her married life was really tough. At every meal, she had to serve her grandfather-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law and various members of the large family. She had to set three separate tables; one for grandfather-in-law and father-in-law, another for her brothers-in-law, and another for mother-in-law and sisters-in-law. After serving them, she barely managed to feed herself in the kitchen with whatever food she could find, sometimes only with the scorched rice from the bottom of the pot. What a hard life, day after day! How did she survive?

 

My maternal grandfather was aware of her difficult life and thankful for her hard work. He wanted to save some good food for her, so at every mealtime, he would put water into his half-eaten rice bowl with little bits of all the side dishes and cover it with the lid, and then send it out to the kitchen. Knowing his intentions, my grandmother would eat the leftovers in his bowl gratefully and endured the hard life at the parents-in-law’s home. >

 

The story of Jacob’s lentil stew had a very important meaning and played a big part in his life.

 

How about us? Do you have an event like ‘lentil stew’, which is the turning point in your life? Do you have a confession to make about such an event?

 

What does Jacob’s bowl of lentil stew tell us about him?

 

1.  What Jacob loved and cherished

 

A bowl of lentil stew was not just a bowl of food, but it was filled with Jacob’s love and expectations. Most people think that today’s passage is about Jacob’s desire to win the birthright of the first-born son of Isaac, as in their society at the time, the first-born son was entitled to receive two times of the amount of inheritance of other sons, and that Jacob must have coveted this birthright.

 

But the Bible shows a different point of view. The birthright Jacob so desired was in reality the close relationship that his family had with God ever since the time of Abraham, even though Abraham’s descendants didn’t have any claims to the Promised Land of Canaan yet. The Bible describes the wealth of Abraham and Isaac, but Jacob was not so interested in his father’s wealth.

 

What Jacob loved and desired were the blessings of God. He expected great things from God’s plan.That was the reason Jacob received so much attention in the Bible, because he loved and cherished the blessings of God.

 

On the other hand, Esau had a completely different attitude.

 

This is verse 30 of today’s passage.

‘He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)’

 

‘Edom’ means red and his nickname was due to his reddish skin, but also for ‘the bowl of red stew’. In other words, Esau exchanged God’s spiritual blessings for the first-born son for a bowl of red stew, as he didn’t think the birthright and the blessings of God were very precious.

 

“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said, “What good is the birthright to me?” (verse 32)

 

Obviously, Esau didn’t think much of his birthright, but he also thought Jacob was just playing a practical joke on him. And he could have had these thoughts:

 

1)  How could anyone buy someone’s birthright?

2)  Who is going to acknowledge this purchase of the birthright?

 

The chapter 25 of Genesis had these descriptions about the different characters of Esau and Jacob.

‘Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents.’ (verse 27)

 

The chapter 27 of Genesis says that Esau took the Hittite women of Canaan as his wives and made his parents very sad. On the other hand, Jacob obeyed the command of his father Isaac for him not to marry a Canaanite woman.

 

These two men are so different from each other. One wants to live according to his own temper and his own will, while the other wants to live in accordance with the wishes of his parents and the will of God. That was why one didn’t think much of his birthright, while the other cherished the birthright.

 

Are you more like Jacob, or more like Esau?

What do you treasure and cherish in your life?

 

< In my ministry, I sometimes run into people who say to me, “Pastor, I don’t think my prayers will make any difference. Also, will my worship on every Sunday or my tithing to church make a difference? >

 

What you love and cherish will make a big difference in your life. Even when it was just a bowl of red stew, it made a big difference in Jacob’s life, because he loved and treasured the birthright. A small bowl brought a big blessing to him.

 

2.  What God sees in a person

 

Jacob’s bowl of red stew was not just a bowl of stew, but was a tool for him to change his life. How did it happen? It was because God saw beyond the bowl of red stew.God saw what Jacob loved and hoped to accomplish.

 

Even though people couldn’t see it, God saw through Jacob. God provided a place for Jacob throughout his life.

 

What kind of place did God have in mind for Jacob?

Later on, after living in Egypt for a long time, nearing his death, Jacob makes a request to his sons; Carry him out of Egypt and bury him with his ancestors in Machpelah cave. This request shows that even while enjoying the luxurious life as the father of the prime minister in Egypt, Jacob’s heart was always in the Promised Land of Canaan. God saw through Jacob and knew his heart.

 

On the other hand, what about Esau?

Esau didn’t think much about selling his birthright for a bowl of red stew. He never imagined that it had anything to do with God. He just wanted to fill his hungry stomach. That is why God never provided a place for Esau.  

 

Why did God see so much in Jacob’s bowl of red stew? Because Jacob had put so much of his life into the bowl of red stew.

 

1)  He chose the best time.

 

Jacob didn’t have much hope for his future, so to win the birthright from his older brother, he did his best to find an opportunity. He must have calculated the time for Esau to come home really hungry. He prepared his stew according to Esau’s schedule and waited for him.

 

God was watching Jacob’s meticulous preparation for winning the birthright. God gave him 12 sons, from whom 12 tribes of Israel were raised up later, because of Jacob’s best effort in making the red stew.

 

2)  He endured hardships and sufferings.

 

Jacob was a smart man, as described in the Bible. He should have known the risk in buying the birthright with a bowl of red stew. Afterwards, to escape the wrath of his older brother Esau, he had to flee to his uncle Laban, whom he had never seen before. He served Laban for 14 years, all because of the consequences from the bowl of red stew. But he never gave up and was determined to endure all the hardships during the 14 years.

 

Like the bowl of red stew that Jacob served to Esau, we have to make some risky moves in our lives, even if we are aware of the danger.

 

As Christians, we are expected to do our best, much more than what others in the world do. Our best is doing the best before God. Seeing our dedication, God will bestow His blessings upon us. Jacob did his best, hoping for the best before God, and God fulfilled all of his wishes in the end.

 

3.  What is the turning point in your life?

 

Just as Jacob’s turning point in his life came when he served the bowl of red stew, we all face our turning point in our lives to work for God and expand the kingdom of heaven on earth.

 

To name a few crucial turning points in the Bible; Joseph’s two dreams, Moses noticing the burning bush, the anointing of David, a burning coal from the altar touching Isaiah’s lips, and Peter’s boat towing the net full of fish.

 

< A story about resisting the pull of the former life.

 

In our life of faith, we sometimes feel the urge to go back to our former life. This deaconess lived an exemplary life of a Christian, but one day, when her husband was away on a business trip and her children were not at home, she felt the urge for a drink of beer. To buy beer, she chose to go to a store farther from her home and her church in order to avoid running into any church members. After 10 minutes’ walk, when she reached the store, which is usually open for 24 hours, it had a big sign of ‘Closed for today’ on the door. She was really surprised, but very thankful; “God loves me and protects me from temptation!”

 

She shared this story at our discipleship training class and all of us had a good laugh. Then, we were touched by her confession; “Pastor, I will overcome any temptation with the help from God who is watching me every day.” >

 

Our turning point may look like accidental and nothing spectacular to others, but from Jacob’s case, we have learned the following things about our turning point.

 

1)  The things we love and expect eagerly.

2)  The things we wait for and prepare for the best outcome.

3)  The things that bring drastic changes to our lives.

4)  The things that enable us to accomplish our work for God.

 

But there are two types of people.

One type of people forgets the amazing event soon after it happened and then go back to the old ways.

The other type of people holds onto the amazing event that happened in their lives, even though the event may be nothing special in the eyes of others.

 

Are you the type who soon forgets the event, or the type who holds onto the event throughout your life?

 

Who would have imagined that the 12 tribes of Israel would be raised up from the 12 sons of Jacob? Even Jacob’s father Isaac wouldn’t have expected it. But Jacob dreamed of winning his birthright and served the bowl of red stew to buy it, and that changed his life completely.

 

Let us reflect upon the turning point in our lives and what we are doing to make it happen.

 

 

 


   

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제목 : The eager expectation of God
설교일 : 2019.08.18
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 9:11-27
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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