February 6, 2018

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Sportsbooks get crushed on Super Bowl Betting thanks to and Eagles victory.

The outcome of the Super Bowl was a nightmare not just for the New England Patriots and their fans, but also for most sportsbooks. There was so much money bet on the Philadelphia Eagles either via the point spread or the moneyline that most books were hoping for a Patriots win.

Of note, there were several huge seven-figure bets placed on the Eagles that gamblers were able to cash on.

William Hill sportsbook took a lost of over $4.6 million on three massive bets on the Eagles alone. 54 percent of their bettors were on the Eagles side of the spread, and 75 percent of moneyline bettors were on the Eagles and received favorable odds.

Jay Rood of MGM sportsbooks says they lost over $4.5 million on one individual ticket where a better placed $3 million on the moneyline on the Eagles and cashed with odds of at least 3:2.

Treasure Island in Las Vegas says the outcome was “horrible” and “disastrous.”

Whenever an underdog wins a major event, sportsbooks tend to lose money because of the liability they face due to the long odds. In this case, the Super Bowl did not go their way, though we doubt anyone will shed a tear for them.

The sportsbooks gave odds that the Patriots would win and they were wrong. Again they were wrong because no human being is sovereign only God. This comes to light in our reading for today.

Romans 9:10–16 (NLT) — 10 This son was our ancestor Isaac. When he married Rebekah, she gave birth to twins. 11 But before they were born, before they had done anything good or bad, she received a message from God. (This message shows that God chooses people according to his own purposes; 12 he calls people, but not according to their good or bad works.) She was told, “Your older son will serve your younger son.” 13 In the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau.” 14 Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not! 15 For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” 16 So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it.

God is always fair when it comes to the outcome of life. He basis his choices on his own wisdom and sovereignty and goodness not on man’s performance. Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t choose us based on our works? If that were the case no one would be chosen because we are all selfish to the core.

I mean if we had the choice of choosing Esau or Jacob to carry on the godly line we probably would have chosen Esau. After all he was a good hunter, he was an outdoorsmen, he was savvy in the ways of the world, he could cook and he could grow hair! He was a man’s man. Jacob on the other hand was not an outdoorsman, he chose to stay inside, he was a mamma’s boy, he was a conniver, a schemer and he couldn’t grow hair!

So God picks Jacob. The odds makers would have lost again.  It really doesn’t amaze me that God rejected Esau. What amazes me is that he loved Jacob and this makes me glad because I know that he loves me even though I am just as selfish and conniving as Jacob.

Did God make a good choice?  Did God choose correctly? Well read your bible Esau would have nothing to do with spiritual things he was more into satisfying the desires of his flesh. Jacob on the other hand was attracted to God. God chose correctly. He always does. 

So we can live for God with great confidence that what he chooses for us in this life will be good for us and good for Him. We sing that song: He’s a good, good Father. Do we sing that song because we like the music they are set to? Do we sing because everyone else is singing?  Do we sing because we want to believe those words? Or do we sing because we know that he is sovereign and that he is good?

What are you going through right now that doesn’t appear to you to be good? Are you confident in the sovereignty of God? Are you confident that he has chosen well? How you handle the situation will show how much confidence you have in the Lord.

Joseph believed in the Sovereignty of God. Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave. Joseph went through many tough times but listen to what he says to his brothers when he was reunited to them many years later:

Genesis 50:20 (NLT) — 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

Don’t focus on your trouble now. Instead believe that God has intended it for good no matter what the odds makers around you might say. Look for a good outcome that may be used to encourage other people as they live under the sovereign hand of God.

Be Inspired Hilltop!