The first step in Paul’s attempt to call the Ephesian church to an uncommon bond of unity is to make sure they know the ins and out of their mutual union with Christ. This weekend we look first at the work of God on our behalf in eternity past. These are mysterious things, but Paul considers them reasons to exalt and praise our great God. So too should we!
No one comes out looking very good in the text we will study today – if the phrase “dysfunctional family” existed in the day, Isaac and Rebekah’s would have definitely qualified. And yet this is the family that God chose, and this is the family through whom He would accomplish His mission. What does this account teach us about Him?
Have you ever asked God, “Why are you putting me in such a horrible situation?” Certainly Abraham may have asked this when God told him to sacrifice the very son through which the promise of God was to become a reality. What was God doing? Does God really test His people? If so, why?
But there are even bigger questions when we consider the place this story holds in the flow of Genesis. The original readers – Israel – were wandering through the wilderness, alone and vulnerable. Where is our God? Has He forgotten us? Can we still trust Him? Will He keep the promises He has made to us?
As we will see, this story is foundational in understanding that God is always 100% trustworthy, even in the dark. Even when we can’t see the light, our safest course is to find rest in His sovereign, providential care.