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The Rev. Coty Pinckney: “Obedience and Tragedy” (Genesis 35-36)

May 14, 2017

Here is the next in a good series of audio sermons on the Book of Genesis from the Rev. Coty Pinckney of Desiring God Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Its title is Obedience and Tragedy and it is based on Genesis 35-36.  The sermon text introduces the topic as follows:

As we shall see, the story of Jacob’s obedience is followed directly by the stories of two tragedies, and bracketed by the deaths two elderly people.

Why does God do this? Doesn’t He want to encourage us to obedience?

If you want to teach obedience, don’t you tell stories in which disobedience is punished and obedience is rewarded? Did your parents tell you stories like that when you were young? So why doesn’t God tell us stories like that?

My friends, God’s goal is not to bribe us into obedience. If that were His goal, He could accomplish it easily. After all, He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. The whole earth is His.

And those of you who are parents know that bribing children into obedience works temporarily, but utterly fails in the long run, for it does nothing to change the child’s character, to change the child’s inner desires.

God doesn’t generally tell us such stories in the Bible because God is working out something different in the lives of his wayward patriarchs.

There is a lot more to think about in this sermon…give it a listen.

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