Part 1: A Culture of Deceit
The “First Family” of Israel had issues: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob's sons all had problems with lying & deceit. Deceit breaks relationships, it breaks families, and it breaks the heart of God. Lying always hurts other people; thus, it has a “trickle down” effect. Join us in part 1 as Pastor Dave looks at the “First Family” of Israel, God’s chosen people, and discusses the importance of breaking the chain of deceit.
Part 2: Reuben's Story
We continue to follow this dysfunctional family of Israel. Reuben made poor decisions, one after the other. He had a chance to be honest and make things right, but he caved under the pressure. At the end of the story, all the brothers are redeemed. They seemed to have learned their lessons and became honest men. Reuben even offers to protect Benjamin in exchange for his life if things go bad. Even in a dysfunctional family, God can redeem the worst.
Part 3: The Lion of Judah
Judah was a man who did some messed-up things. But then something shifted in him. The Bible doesn’t say what changed his heart. Perhaps it was love for his father; perhaps he learned his lesson. But the last act we know of Judah’s life is that he was willing to become a slave as a ransom to free his brother Benjamin, who was framed. The story of Joseph and his brothers is a messed-up story with a messed-up family. Yet God worked in and through them to bring the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus!