Sunday, 13th December 10.30 am Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN     Rejoice the Lord is King 

1 Rejoice, the Lord is King;

your God and King adore;

rejoice, give thanks and sing,

and triumph evermore.

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;

rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

2 Our Lord and Saviour, reigns,

the God of truth and love;

when he had purged our stains,

he took his seat above;

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;

rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

3 Rejoice in glorious hope,

Our Lord and Judge, shall come,

and take his servants up 

to their eternal home;

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;

rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) based on John 1 v49

PRAYER

READING  – Genesis 36: 1-10 & 31-43

This is the account of the family line of Esau (that is, Edom).

Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan: Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite— also Basemath daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth.

Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, Basemath bore Reuel, and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the sons of Esau, who were born to him in Canaan.

Esau took his wives and sons and daughters and all the members of his household, as well as his livestock and all his other animals and all the goods he had acquired in Canaan, and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob. Their possessions were too great for them to remain together; the land where they were staying could not support them both because of their livestock. So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir.

This is the account of the family line of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir.

10 These are the names of Esau’s sons:

Eliphaz, the son of Esau’s wife Adah, and Reuel, the son of Esau’s wife Basemath.

The Rulers of Edom

31 These were the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite king reigned:

32 Bela son of Beor became king of Edom. His city was named Dinhabah.

33 When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah succeeded him as king.

34 When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him as king.

35 When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, succeeded him as king. His city was named Avith.

36 When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as king.

37 When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as king.

38 When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan son of Akbor succeeded him as king.

39 When Baal-Hanan son of Akbor died, Hadad succeeded him as king. His city was named Pau, and his wife’s name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-Zahab.

40 These were the chiefs descended from Esau, by name, according to their clans and regions:

Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 41 Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 42 Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 43 Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their settlements in the land they occupied.

This is the family line of Esau, the father of the Edomites.

SERMON – Esau

1-8 The separation of Jacob and Esau is similar to the separation of Abraham and Lot (ch. 13). The possessions of the two brothers were too great, and the land was not able to sustain both of them (cf. 13:6); so just as Lot parted from Abraham and went eastward, so Esau parted from Jacob and went to Seir. The heirs of the promise remained in the land, and the other sons moved eastward. The parting of ways was beneficial to both Jacob and Esau.

    In the remainder of this chapter, the writer shows the progress and well-being of the line of Esau. He is particularly careful to note that Esau is, in fact, “Edom”. The repeated identification of Esau as “that is, Edom” throughout the chapter prepares us for the future importance of Edom during Israel’s later history.

Esau here shows that he has cut himself off from God’s covenant of blessing – two thing show us this: 1 – he marries Canaanite wives (as did Ishmael before him);  2 – (like Lot) he left the Promised Land in search of greater wealth.

However, Jacob remains faithful to God by marrying from Terah’s family and by remaining in God’s Promised Land.

vv. 10-14. (Genealogy 2)

10-19 Sons & chiefs of Esau to the 3rd generation

10 – these are the names

15 These were the chiefs

20-30  (Gehealogy 3)

Sons & Chiefs of Esau – the Horites of Seir

31-42 (Genealogy 4)

The kings and chiefs of Edom

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This second account of Esau’s line shows that God is faithful to His promises – Edom does become a great nation – and yet in spite of his greatness – the elder will serve the younger.  We see the grace of God that blesses even Esau and his descendants – they do have a future – and a long one too!

Now, if kings come from ESAU, how much more will God’s promise come through Jacob – and the Kingship in Israel – culminating with the coming of King Jesus.

We should notice the contrast between 36:8 Esau settled in the hill country of Seir – WITH 37:1 – Jacob LIVED. There is both a geographical and a spiritual divide between these brothers.

What are we to make of all this? Well, it is clear that it is possible to prosper in this world, even though you are not one of God’s elect – your family may become strong and prosperous. But we also need to see that there is an alternative – and although it does not often seem an attractive alternative, it has an infinitely better end – indeed and eternally better end – for one day the saints will judge the world (1 Cor 6:2)

Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?

Are we prepared to settle – or do we want to really LIVE?

There are many kings throughout the world – but there is only One KING of kings – He is the One Whom we come to worship – not least at this season of Advent, when we remember the coming of the King of kings into the world. 

Our final hymn/carol usually has the chorus – Come and worship – Christ the new-born King – but in this version it is Gloria in excelsis deo – Glory to God in the highest.

PRAYER

Hymn     Angels from the realms of glory

1 Angels, from the realms of glory,

Wing your flight o’er all the earth;

Ye who sang creation’s story,

Now proclaim Messiah’s birth:

Gloria In excelsis deo.

2 Shepherds in your fields abiding,

Watching o’er your flocks by night,

God with man is now residing,

Yonder shines the infant Light:

Sages, leave your contemplations;

Brighter visions beam afar;

Seek the great Desire of nations;

Ye have seen his natal star:

Gloria In excelsis deo.

Gloria In excelsis deo.

3 Though an infant now we view him,

He shall share his Father’s throne,

Gather all the nations to him;

Every knee shall then bow down:

Gloria In excelsis deo.

Gloria In excelsis deo.

James Montgomery (1771-1854)

Benediction

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