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Gen. 26:26–33

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INTRO
When I use the word forgiveness what do you think of?
If I asked you to define forgiveness what would you say?
What do you think… is forgiveness and forgetting the same thing?

The freeing of a person from guilt and its consequences, including punishment; usually as an act of favour, compassion or love, with the aim of restoring a broken personal relationship. Forgiveness can involve both the remission of punishment and the cancellation of debts.

Forgiveness is hard - but we must practice it !!
How Isaac did this.
What scripture tells us about forgiveness .
Why scripture says we must forgive others.
Question for you.
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Title & Text
True Forgiveness
Pray
God our Father in Heaven help us today to see what Isaac did and apply it to our lives! Some of us here today have been hurt LORD you know that. It is hard to forgive when we have been so badly wounded by another. God give us your wisdom as we seek to pursue a life characterized by the love and forgiveness that your Spirit brings and your Word commands! God help us we pray!
Amen
THE SERMON BODY
Genesis 26:26–33 ESV
26 When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army, 27 Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?” 28 They said, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.” 30 So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace. 32 That same day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well that they had dug and said to him, “We have found water.” 33 He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
26-27 = Isaac confronts his offender personally.
30-31 = Isaac accepts the terms of peace and shows grace and mercy to the one who offended him.
33 = Once the terms have been agreed and forgiveness given it is permanent.
26 When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army,
similar scenario to now
Ahuzzath = friend / adviser - new here
27 Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?”
Good Question
Have you ever felt this way?
v16 - sent him away
v16 - sent him away
Remembering the hardship
What now?
Talk about the burden of bitterness!!
28 They said, “We see plainly that the LORD has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you,
Again Same as Before = Abraham - author tying the narratives together
Again Same as Before = Abraham - author tying the narratives together
“We see plainly that the Lord has been with you” = come back to this later… HOW??
Therefore...
lets make a treaty
We ourselves would do well to connect ourselves with those who are walking with God!
discipleship!
29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.”
Wait, What?… excuse me perhaps I misheard you...
nothing but good
in peace
Isaacs point in his question!
wells = Esek & Sitnah
proper apology
Abimelech is not guilty!!
Isaac was not innocent
he lied!
Abraham, Abimelech & Ahuzzath
You are now the blessed of the LORD
“We see plainly that the Lord has been with you” = come back to this later… HOW??
Isaac’s Response!
30 So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
He feeds them
humble pie!
feast!
31 In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.
He hosts them
safety and protection
rest and accommodations
He aqueous to their request
aqueous to their request
they exchange oaths
they are sent in peace
The Flesh vs The Spirit
32 That same day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well that they had dug and said to him, “We have found water.”
This is finishing v25 from earlier
Genesis 26:25 ESV
25 So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the Lord and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.
this well was the well of his father
this well is a well of peace
this well is a well of the oath
33 He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.

Shibah sounds like the Hebrew for oath

= name of the well
Beersheba to this day = Beer Sheva
Beersheba also spelled Beer-Sheva is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Often referred to as the "Capital of the Negev" [Wikipedia]
MAIN SERMON HERE!!!!!
The freeing of a person from guilt and its consequences, including punishment; usually as an act of favour, compassion or love, with the aim of restoring a broken personal relationship. Forgiveness can involve both the remission of punishment and the cancellation of debts.
Forgiveness is hard - but we MUST practice it
Forgiveness is hard - but we must practice it
How Isaac did this
He showed mercy
He showed grace
He covered the offense permanently
Why we need it
How we get it
What happens when we receive it
Why we need it
We have sinned against God
Romans 3:23 ESV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
How we receive it
OT Method
Hebrews 9:22 ESV
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
NT Method
John 1:29 ESV
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
When we have it
Eternal peace with God
1 John 1:8–9 ESV
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 103:12 ESV
as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Forgiveness is hard - but we MUST practice it
Consider your debt which was paid
Consider their debt which they owe
Turn to
Matthew 18:21–35 ESV
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
Jesus makes this comparison because of the scripture in which says...
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
We received Mercy
Hebrews 4:16 ESV
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
We recieved Grace
Our offences have been covered permanently
Ephesians 1:7 ESV
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
1 John 1:9 ESV
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God’s question for you today...
God’s question for you today...
Romans 6:23 ESV
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
My question for you today...
Matthew 6:14–15 ESV
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
LOOG AGAIN
Genesis 26:28–29 ESV
28 They said, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.”
Gen 26.
Woman in Adultery =
How Isaac did this
Isaac shows mercy
Isaac gives grace
The offense is covered permanently
26-27 = Isaac confronts his offender personally.
26-27 = Isaac confronts his offender personally.
30-31 = Isaac accepts the terms of peace and shows grace and mercy to the one who offended him.
30-31 = Isaac accepts the terms of peace and shows grace and mercy to the one who offended him seeking a reconciled relationship.
33 = Once the terms have been agreed and forgiveness given it is permanent.
33 = Once the terms have been agreed and forgiveness given it is permanent.
How scripture tells us we should do this
Matthew 18:15 ESV
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
Notice:
brother = another professing christian
Sin = not opinion, not preference, not taste... - real biblical sin!
go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone
go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone = quiet & constructive confrontation
gained your brother = purpose of reconciliation
Matthew 18:21–22 ESV
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Luke 17:3–4 ESV
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
3. Why scripture says we should do this
Exodus 34:5–7 ESV
The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”
If we do not practice forgiveness we ourselves are not forgiven!
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
We received Mercy
Hebrews 4:16 ESV
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:6 ESV
Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience,
We recieved Grace
We recieved Grace
Ephesians 1:7 ESV
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Ephesians 1:7 ESV
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Our offences have been covered permanently
If we do not practice forgiveness we ourselves are not forgiven!
If we do not practice forgiveness we ourselves are not forgiven!
Question for you
GOAL
Main points should support the theme.
points should follow textual sequence unless good reason to change.
use simple and clear transitions to give structure to movement.
Use verse references before quoting so that listeners can read along.
Use personal observances to illustrate difficult concepts.
CONCLUSION
Be brief.
Don’t introduce new material.
narrow the focus don’t expand it.
Clinch the goal.
Give concrete applications.
Application
Seek God’s Forgiveness
Forgive Others
CLOSE
God help us to be men and women who not only seek to receive but seek to give forgiveness!
COMMUNION
What it stands for
Warning
Communion Verses
COMMUNION TOGETHER
Fellowship With Each Other
How Isaac did this
He showed mercy
He showed grace
He covered the offense permanently
What does scripture tell us about forgiveness?
Why we need it
We have sinned against God
We have sinned against God
Romans 3:23 ESV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
How we receive it
OT Method
Hebrews 9:22 ESV
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
NT Method
NT Method
John 1:29 ESV
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
When we have it
Eternal peace with God
Eternal peace with God
1 John 1:8–9 ESV
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 103:12 ESV
as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Why does scripture says we must forgive others?
Consider your debt which was paid
Consider the Debt Paid
Consider their debt which they owe
Matthew 18:21–35 ESV
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
God’s question for you today...
Will you receive forgiveness?
Romans 6:23 ESV
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Will you practice forgiveness?
Matthew 6:14–15 ESV
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Woman in Adultery =
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