From Orphan to Heir [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — January 12, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
The story of the people of God is a move from being blessing grabbers to blessing givers.
Today’s text: “Jacob said, “No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me. Please accept my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” Thus he urged him, and he took it.” (Genesis 33:10–11, ESV)
Jacob was a schemer, a conniver, and a liar. He deceived his father, Isaac, into giving him the birthright that belonged to Esau, the firstborn. Afraid he would be forgotten, Jacob stole the blessing for himself.
But God wasn’t finished with Jacob. In Genesis 32, Jacob wrestled with God and limped away a changed man. After years of enmity with his brother, Jacob met Esau on the road, and pled with him, “Please accept my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough” (Genesis 33:11). Jacob, who had stolen his brother’s blessing, now urgently wanted to give him the blessing. This conniver moved from being a blessing grabber to a blessing giver.
Jacob’s is the story of moving from orphans to heirs of the kingdom. The orphan holds on to any little scrap he can find, unsure of his provision, but the heir knows he has all things because he belongs to the Father. While I may not have it all right now – in fact, it may look like I lack many things – I know I am wealthy because my inheritance is waiting for me. I can love according to the promise of what is to come. When you accept Christ, your spirit is born anew, and the Holy Spirit is given to you as a deposit of your inheritance. The Holy Spirit whispers to you, “You are a child, not an orphan!” That truth changes everything.
And that’s the Gospel!