Biblical themes give us an understanding of the world in which we live. Looking at the theories of Psychology, theories in science, theories in education one thing is clear... when it comes to determining what is true, we humans have a hard time. Truth is something that we cannot get to, or obtain, without it being revealed to us. We are just too finite in our being. We have too many blindsides, prejudices, limitations, and our brains are too small. God knew this. He is the one who made us like this. But God doesn't leave us on our own to determine what truth. He has chosen to make Truth known to us, by revealing it to us. God shows us, in His Word what truth is, and what reality is like. Our text Sunday gave us a glimpse of truth and reality. The story is the story of two brothers, one hating the other because of the favor the other had found with their father. Because of the father's favor and blessing on this one son, the other became angry and desired to kill him. This narrative is found in a string of narratives in Scripture that showcase the enmity between brothers. The enmity though is not arbitrary. The enmity follows a course that flows from those who are not blessed, toward those who are blessed. In other words, those brothers who are not blessed by their fathers get really angry at those brothers who are blessed. This enmity was actually promised in Scripture as a part of fallen humanity. There would always be enmity between the offspring of Satan and the promised offspring of the woman. This enmity is seen in many stories, none though as paramount as the story of Jesus being rejected and crucified by his own kinsmen. Brothers and sisters, as children of promise, we can expect this same enmity. We can expect the world to hate us. They will hate us because of the favor we have found with God. We will be hated, not for what we have done, but because of the blessing we have received by grace, through faith. In fact, John reminds us in John 15:18–19 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. We will be hated, but we must not hate in return. We must love the world (i.e. the people of the world), and the only way we can do this is to see that this is all part of God's plan for our lives and that He is working to make us like Jesus, through the suffering that will come from the world's hatred of us. When we see that truth, that reality, we will be empowered to love those who hate us, knowing that God is doing something remarkable through their hatred of us, to make us more like His Son.
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