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Gen. 27:14–27

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Everyone struggles with the temptation to counterfeit.

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INTRO
TNCC Verse
Fake plants
TNCC Answer
the benefits
the dangers
Do any of these names mean anything to you?
Albert Talton
Wesley Weber
INTRO
Arthur Williams
Anatasios Arnout
Frank Bourassa
Anyone know what they are known for?
5 of the Biggest Money Counterfeiters From the Past 20 Years
What makes any counterfeiter successful?
a counterfeiters biggest goal is accuracy…
Do you know any counterfeiters?
Did you know I used to be a counterfeiter before I became a Christian?
I believe that all of us struggle with counterfeiting!!
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this is the issue in todays text...
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Title & Text
Real or Counterfeit
Instead of relying on God Jacob pretends to be someone he is not.
Text
There are certain characteristics of a true Christian.
Some of these characteristics can be counterfeited while others cannot.
You may be able to fool men but you can never fool God.
Application
Repent from counterfeit Christianity!
Theme
Instead of relying on God Jacob pretends to be someone he is not.
Pray
Father we live in world where packages matter. Advertisers pay millions of dollars every year to try and find what works to make us buy their products. We ourselves even try to dress ourselves up to present ourselves in a way as to make ourselves appear a certain way to people. You are the God of truth, as we come into contact with your living Word today please expose to our hearts where we are being false and fake. Renew our minds and create in us a new and clean heart oh God.
THE SERMON BODY
Text
Genesis 27:14–27 ESV
14 So he went and took them and brought them to his mother, and his mother prepared delicious food, such as his father loved. 15 Then 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. 16 And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 And she put the delicious food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. 18 So he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” 19 Jacob 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.” 20 But 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.” 21 Then 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.” 22 So 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.” 23 And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him. 24 He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.” 25 Then 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. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.” 27 So 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!
There are certain characteristics of a true Christian.
Some of these characteristics can be counterfeited while others cannot.
You may be able to fool men but you can never fool God.
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14 So he went and took them and brought them to his mother, and his mother prepared delicious food, such as his father loved. 15 Then 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. 16 And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 And she put the delicious food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. 18 So he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”
18 So he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” 19 Jacob 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.”
Rebekah the Master Counterfeiter and Puppeteer
She is the primary actor here
simulates the feel and smell of Esau
best garments
appropriate yet blasphemous
goat skins
delicious food / bread
his offering
Jacob was her puppet
Jacob was a counterfeit
There are certain characteristics of a true Christian.
Outward
appearance
communication
actions
religious faithfulness
Satan and our Flesh are Master Counterfeiters and Puppeteers
Pinocchio wanted to be a real boy!… do you?
Inward
love
joy
peace
patience
kindness
goodness
faithfulness
gentleness
self-control
19-23
18 So he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”19 Jacob 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.”20 But 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.” 21 Then 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.” 22 So 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.” 23 And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him.
Any Good Counterfeit Will Imitate the Real Thing
Isaac and Jacobs conversation
Irony - Jacob = my father Isaac - Abraham
trust / betrayal
lie of personhood
Esau - firstborn
done as you told me… = my game?
lie of deity
who He is and what He’s done = blasphemy!
How to Spot a Fake
Isaac was suspicious
Looks like a duck, walks like a duck, sounds like a duck… must be a duck!
Esau’s hair - [three little pigs… hair of my chinny chin chin]
Jacobs [one word] answer in v24...
Some of these characteristics can be counterfeited while others cannot.
24-27
24 He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.” 25 Then 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.26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.” 27 So 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!
Last Chance!
Isaac asks again...
outright lying from Jacob
outright lying from us?
Jacob affirms false identity 3 times… = Peter before the trial of Jesus
take / eat - take / drink
sealed with a kiss
You may be able to fool men but you can never fool God.
CONCLUSION
The Trouble With Counterfeiting
The allure of something for nothing
our propensity for counterfeiting
CONCLUSION
“The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”
Matthew 7:15–27 ESV
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
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Goal
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Application
Repent from counterfeit Christianity!
CLOSE
God help us to be real, give us a clean heart God. We are dead without you, you give us life, GIVE US LIFE OH LORD!
Alter Call
Baptism Offer
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COMMUNION
What it stands for
1 Corinthians 11:23–26 ESV
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Warning
1 Corinthians 11:27–29 ESV
27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
Communion Verses
Matthew 26:26 ESV
26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
Matthew 26:27–28 ESV
27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
COMMUNION TOGETHER
Fellowship With Each Other
Acts 2:42–47 ESV
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
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