Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of The open Door. Part 7.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Whether it’s the kind of doors that Abraham faced when he went through the wrong doors, such as the door of selfishness and fear.

Or, the kind of doors that Sarah, Abraham’s wife, had to face and decide what to go through, when she faced the doors of bitterness, anger, or jealousy verses gentleness, love, or selflessness.

Isaac, who committed the same sin as his father Abraham, he lived in fear of losing his life and therefore he willfully lied and told the men of Gerar that Rebekah was not his wife but his sister.

We see God closing certain doors to protect His people.

God still blessed Abraham even when he went through the doors that God was shutting.

Do you fear what’s behind the doors of life?

What kind of people can God use and why should we always be available to the doctrine of the open door, because God can use those who even learn the hard way.

For the word from God is
ISA 29:24, They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

ISA 29:24, Those who got off-track will get back on-track, and complainers and whiners will learn gratitude. (MB)

Individuals like Isaac, God used a man filled with the fear of self-preservation.

This was all found in the book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible, perhaps to give every single one of us the hope and confidence from the forgiveness of our Creator, Jehovah Elohim, the Lord God.

Then we have Jacob, naturally crafty and sly, who stole the birthright from his brother Esau as he lied deceived his father Isaac.

Isaac is 137 years old according to
GEN 47:9; GEN 41:46; GEN 31:38; GEN 25:26.

As a reminder to you of that laughter and you standing at the door of the tent, when the child is born, you shall call him Yitschaaq meaning laughter.

GEN 18:15, Sarah denied it however, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

GEN 17:17, Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed,
GEN 18:12, and Sarah laughed to herself,
GEN 21:3 Sarah bore to him, Isaac.

The word for listen is a Qal imperative of shama meaning here to obey.

The word for smooth is the adjective chalaq which, although it refers to his skin, its basic meaning is to be smooth with the tongue.

We see Rebekah doing the same thing that Sarah did, trying to achieve the divine promise by human viewpoint.

Once again we learn the lesson that human viewpoint never can assist divine plans but merely complicate matters even more.

He could of overruled and changed his mind but doctrine resident in the soul wouldn’t allow him to,
By means of doctrine resident in the soul Isaac blessed Jacob, HEB 11:20.

Esau obeys his father, goes out hunting and brings back a delicious meal like Isaac loves. Jacob never leaves the house. Willfully lies and deceives his father, Substitutes a goat for the venison.
Lies to his father and even uses the Lord’s name to do so, and yet Jacob receives the blessing.

ROM 9:13, just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”…says the Lord!

He had this thought in the back of his mind anyway because he remembered what the Lord said to Rebecca in
GEN 25:23  And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples shall be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger.”

It takes a great man to learn from being deceived that something was the will of God and not to get bitter about it.

When you can learn from being deceived by someone without getting bitter or angry toward them, that’s an indication of the fact that you have grown up spiritually.

Isaac learned the lesson that the apostle gives in ROM 9:16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills [Isaac] or the man who runs [Esau], but on God who has mercy.

HEB 12:17, For you know that even afterwards, when he [Esau] desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

And in a sense this is a blessing which is why
HEB 11:20 says, By means of doctrine resident in the soul Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come.

Men even like Esau who forfeited the double portion blessing from God for the garbage and refuse for the cosmic system.

ROM 9:13, Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

HEB 12:15-17, See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that {there be} no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a {single} meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance or no opportunity to repair by repentance [what he had done, no chance to recall the choice he had made], though he sought for it with tears.

Joseph’s brothers and their jealousy was used by God;
GEN 50:20, “And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”

Then God’s grace was magnified when Joseph said in
GEN 50:21, “So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

ISA 45:7,  “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”
1SA 2:6-7, The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Lord makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts.

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