Sermon Notes January 29, 2023

The Opposite of Cursing  
  “Sins of the Father” 

Exodus 34:7, “…Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” 

1.  The opposite of cursing our children is __________________ them. 

Genesis 27:30-34, 38, “After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, ‘My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.’  His father Isaac asked him, ‘Who are you?’ ‘I am your son,’ he answered, ‘your firstborn, Esau.’ Isaac trembled violently and said, ‘Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!’  When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, ‘Bless me—me too, my father!’  Esau said to his father, ‘Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!’ … Then Esau wept aloud.”

2. The fundamental blessing — Children need to hear words of  _________________________________________ from their parents.

Matthew 17:5, “While He was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”

3. There are actually three blessings: 
    a. The Son ______________________________________; 
    b. The Son was _______________________________; and,   
    c. The Son was ___________________________________.

Thessalonians 2:11-12, “For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”

4. From a father, a daughter learns what to look for in a man, and the expectation of __________________________________________.