Approaching the Father

Sermon from CCM:Kingsway


This sermon was preached by Claire Biggs at the CCM Kingsway site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 13th September 2020.



This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Burnage in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on Genesis 27:1-38

Isaac Blesses Jacob

1When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, “Here I am.” 2He said, “Behold, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. 3Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me, 4and prepare for me delicious food, such as I love, and bring it to me so that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.”

5Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it, 6Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, 7‘Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the Lord before I die.’ 8Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you. 9Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves. 10And you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.” 11But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 12Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.” 13His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, bring them to me.”

14So he went and took them and brought them to his mother, and his mother prepared delicious food, such as his father loved. 15Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her older son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. 16And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17And she put the delicious food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18So he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” 19Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.” 20But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the Lord your God granted me success.” 21Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.” 22So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him. 24He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.” 25Then he said, “Bring it near to me, that I may eat of my son’s game and bless you.” So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.

26Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.” 27So he came near and kissed him. And Isaac smelled the smell of his garments and blessed him and said,

“See, the smell of my son
is as the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed!
28May God give you of the dew of heaven
and of the fatness of the earth
and plenty of grain and wine.
29Let peoples serve you,
and nations bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
Cursed be everyone who curses you,
and blessed be everyone who blesses you!”

30As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31He also prepared delicious food and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me.” 32His father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” He answered, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.” 33Then Isaac trembled very violently and said, “Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.” 34As soon as Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!” 35But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing.” 36Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has cheated me these two times. He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” Then he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” 37Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Behold, I have made him lord over you, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?” 38Esau said to his father, “Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.


We are not ‘Hiding’ in Christ

  • Do you ever feel inadequate coming before God, do you ever feel like you shouldn’t be getting his blessing, do you question your inheritance in Christ or feel like you really need to try harder to be good enough? It might just be that you need to come back to this simple truth – you are not deceiving God! God has not been fooled into giving you the blessing.
  • Our being ‘In Christ’ is not the same as Jacob hiding in the identity of Esau. We are not hiding from God, fooling him or deceiving him into blessing us.
  • When Jesus died and rose again what he did was make it possible for you and I to be changed completely. 2 Corinthians puts it like this;

    17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a New Creation: The old has gone, the new is here! ………. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 

    We are new creations, we are made new, we aren’t just clothed in righteousness we become it!

Who God Says You Are

  • God has put us in Christ, he knows we are there and he has completely altered who we now are so that what he sees and smells and touches as we come to him is pleasing and acceptable to him.
  • This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for us to sin, that we are now perfect human beings with no flaws. What it does mean is that we can approach God with confidence because he has chosen to credit us with the righteousness of Jesus. The biblical word for this is that we are justified, declared or made righteous in God’s sight. God himself has given us the identity of Christ.
  • “God’s answer to condemnation is justification. You cannot be condemned and justified at the same time. If the judge declares you not guilty there is no condemnation, and the promise plainly declares that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. God has spoken. Your acceptance in Christ is beyond argument.” – Terry Virgo

The Blessing

  • For Jacob it was all about the blessing he wanted to receive from his father Isaac. For us, its all about the blessing we receive from our heavenly Father!

  • It’s more than just our salvation. It is all the benefits that come from being ‘In Christ’. Ephesians tells us that our heavenly father has ‘blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places’. Our blessing in Christ is receiving his very identity, the authority he has and the freedom of access to the father he has. 

  • If we are to live in the fulness of the blessing of God on our lives, to fulfil his purposes we need to understand that we are not fooling or deceiving God when we come before him. We don’t need to hide behind Jesus because being ‘in Christ’ is not at all like it was for Jacob hiding in Esau.



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