Rejected, but Still… – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Rejected, but Still

Genesis 37

Intro: One of the most painful feelings in the world is rejection.

Parents reject their own children. – abortion, put them up for adoptions, abandonment…

Since abortion was legalized on January 22, 1973, over 63 million pre-born babies have been killed in abortion.

Over 125,000 babies are adopted each year in America. Parents that for whatever reason didn’t want to keep their own child.

People just want to be loved and accepted.

But rejection is a reality for many people.

Maybe they are rejected by their family.

They may be rejected by their friends.

No matter how bad rejection is, you don’t have to let it define you and determine your path.

Some of the greatest people in the Bible faced rejection and still overcame the pain and hurt.

I. Joseph was Rejected, but…

Genesis 37

3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

Joseph was Rejected, but…

  • He still lived right.
  • He still kept dreaming.
  • He still believed God.
  • He still worked hard and got promoted.
  • He still became Prime Minister of Egypt.

II. David was Rejected, but…

  • 1 Samuel 17:33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

He was rejected by his father, by his brothers, by the King…

David was Rejected, but…

  • He still was anointed by God.
  • He still fought the giant.
  • He still defeated the enemy.
  • He still became king.

III. The Little Lad was Rejected, but…

John 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

The little lad was Rejected, but…

  • He still gave his lunch
  • Jesus still took it
  • God still blessed it
  • People still were fed

IV. Jesus was Rejected, but…

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Jesus was Rejected, but…

  • He still loved people.
  • He still helped people.
  • He still kept a good attitude.
  • He still did God’s will