In battle against the Philistines, how did God honor the prayer of Jonathan and his armor-bearer? Verse 1: “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. We have a difficult time admitting when we are in the middle of a crisis because of something that happened to us last night or because of a family argument we had in the car on the way to church this morning. But you would have us be passionate people, filled with the Spirit, possessed by memory. This morning, I want to highlight for us three truths about God here in chapters 35 and 36. A Study … Contributed by Scott Coltrain on Dec 5, 2001. based on 53 ratings. First, we have Job. Cloud Region, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/laughingindisbelief/2016/11/patton-oswalt-and-stephen-colbert-discuss-grieving/. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body. .”Then Genesis 5:1: “This is the book of the generations of Adam.” Then Genesis 6:9: “These are the generations of Noah.” Genesis 10:1: the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The book of Genesis is structured by ten genealogies. Job does this well. These are notes on the sermon, How To Be Unshakable In Times Of Crisis, preached by Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 5 April 2020, at The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore. But even then, Deuteronomy 2 will tell Israel to treat “the people of Esau” as “brothers” — not to take their land or disturb Esau’s descendants (Deuteronomy 2:4–8; 23:7). Love God | Love our Neighbor | Love First, First United Methodist Church of the St. That last line is a quote from Malachi 1:2–5, where we get what may be the clearest statement of Edom’s role as a nation, relative to Israel: “I have loved you,” says the Lord. So we cannot even be around ourselves. It has meaning to any tragedy. Jacob and his household journey south from Shechem to Bethel (v. 5), then from Bethel to Bethlehem (v. 16), and finally from Bethlehem to Hebron, where his father Isaac lived. God has shown himself to be the God who hears and answers in the time of crisis. One of my favorite lines in one of his songs is, “There’s a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.” (From the song, “Anthem.”) We do not often get the choice of what crisis comes our way. They don’t answer. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.”, “When you fled from your brother Esau.” Jacob had known danger before. Seeking the good of the Cities. Do not covet anything your neighbor has. How do the disciples recognize Jesus after he has been resurrected? OUR TEXT TODAY WILL REMIND US AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST, THAT THE LORD OUR GOD DESIRES & EXPECTS US TO BE A THANKFUL OR GRATEFUL PEOPLE IN ALL TIMES, IN ALL CIRMCUMSTANCES OR SITUATIONS IN LIFE. His sovereignty and his saving concerns extend beyond Israel. In the time of great crisis, Job’s wife encouraged him to curse God and die. Why bother with the unchosen sons? But the more you talk, the more you expose it to the air and to the light, then grief doesn’t get a chance to organize itself. That God offers us relationship through the crisis. I grew up in an era where my Grandmother would’ve seen it as blasphemy to yell at God, and yet that’s what the people of Scripture often do. 1 JONATHAN. In our walk with the Lord there will be times of Crisis. (This fulfilled what Balaam had prophesied in Numbers 24:18, that some day “one from Jacob shall exercise dominion” over Edom.). They are baby toys. He has gone off to be away from the crowds for awhile. Leaders do their very best to keep us calm, and rightfully so, but one cannot help but to become fearful in a time of crisis. But there’s one more piece to the story of Israel and Edom. Storms will confront us many times in our lives, expected and unexpected. What little we earn is go before we receive it. Those gods do not answer in the day of distress — literally, the time of crisis. The rest of the chapter gives us a succession of four major losses for Jacob. Joyful people tend to be thankful people. He has gone into a region of non-Judean people on purpose so that he won’t be bothered, and here she comes— a mother of a young girl who is sick. ), he faced the daunting prospect of encountering Esau. It didn’t make the pain any easier, but it sure was a gift he never knew he needed or wanted. In times of crisis like this one, the natural human response is for us to have great concern about our well being and to also worry and panic. Eleven times we find some form of the phrase “these were the generations of . May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!”. We don’t know when Rebecca died; perhaps she passed while Jacob was in exile. IN FACT, THIS IS ONE OF THE KEYS IN OVERCOMING CRISIS OR PROBLEMS IN OUR LIFE - HAVING A THANKFUL OR GRATEFUL HEART! There will be periods when our faith in God is tested. ... bishops and priests ascended the pulpit and delivered sermons that met the pressing needs of their own times, sermons which should be read and remembered by Catholics of all times. We discovered that in times of Crisis God is right there. As people of faith, one of the ways that we find God in times of crisis, is to acknowledge— not ignore— the pain. Then we get to v. 4, and it doesn't fit. As people of faith, one of the ways that we find God in times of crisis, is to acknowledge— not ignore— the pain. In fact, this is not the end of the story for Jacob’s and Esau’s descendants, the Israelites and the Edomites. There he had come to Bethel on his way from leaving his father’s house to go into exile at his uncle Laban’s. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/laughingindisbelief/2016/11/patton-oswalt-and-stephen-colbert-discuss-grieving/, 1107 Pine Cone Road SouthSartell, MN 56377, Photography by:ID 121559077 © Annjane M Dreamstime.comMembers of First UMC, Memorial GardenSermonsNewslettersRoom RequestFUMC Calendar. And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel (verses 9–10). Hauerwas prays in his prayer for courage, which he says is just another name for friends. But when we fail to acknowledge the pain, what it does is separate us from the people we love the most. When Jacob honored “the God who answers me in the day of my distress” (25:3), and when we remember our God as the one who answers us in our time of crisis, don’t think that Jacob meant, or that we mean, that God always answers how we want and when we want. In times of crisis we must walk in faith and not in fear. The second example Moses gives us here is that he experiences real Power when he prays. I didn’t say the manual was easy, all of these things are hard. Experiencing God in Times of Crisis From the series Finding God When You Need Him Most Crises are a part of life. She follows him, interrupts his peace, is persistent in tracking him down, and when Jesus finally does address her and tells her that what he has isn’t meant for her, she has an answer for that too saying to him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Her answer stops Jesus in his tracks. We see that in all of this God was pleased with his attitude. He is the God of the nations, and he is not done with all the families of the earth. But instead of making war, God instructed Israel “to go around the land of Edom” (Numbers 21:4). Joy does come in the morning. . In one of his prayers he speaks to this: Crucified Lord, your creation is full of pain. In his book, Reaching For The Invisible God, Philip Yancey points out that when it comes down to it, when crisis comes we have two choices: fear the crisis or fear God. His life had been in jeopardy previously. We have all known someone who has walked through a time of crisis responding in ways we can’t imagine. So today, as we come to end of the Jacob sequence, how does it end? And God doesn’t do that without a manual: What are the 10 commandments? This was the second painful episode in the national histories of the two brothers. Just to be clear, I want to say that I picked out these Scriptures, this sermon title, months ago. And God offers us each other to walk together and not be isolated and not let the grief and the despair settle in. Genesis 25:19, which reads, “These are the generations of Isaac.” And how will Joseph’s story begin next week? Sermons in Times of Crisis: Twelve Homilies to Stir Your Soul The Catholic Church today finds itself in the midst of a crisis. And it is not Jacob who makes his own legacy but his children, and especially Joseph. With an Introduction and Commentary by Rev. God promises to be in relationship with us. This would be like losing his mother, and it is the woman who has stood in for his mother in many ways over the years. The next two losses are the hardest. How many times have you known the Spirit because you were able to see your enemy’s humanity? That this would be devasting for Jacob is plain enough. God’s desire is to be in relationship with us, and that is truly a gift. But he will see you. The verses in Habakkuk 3:17-10 do not actually use the words thanks or gratitude, but it certainly could be implied. Genesis 11:10: Shem. I appreciate that so many of the people who wrote the psalms express their anguish and anger in such vivid imagery, even as I often recoil at the vengeful language that they use. Job’s friends are the worst. This mother is not of Jesus’ faith. Crisis can defeat us. ), he does so again. Then, when God had remembered her in his painful (but perfect) timing, and she bore her first son, “she called his name Joseph, saying, ‘May the Lord add to me another son!’” (30:24). “Great is the Lord beyond the border of Israel!” That’s one reason for this genealogy in chapter 36. Edom was never restored like Israel, though some did migrate into an area of Judah that became known as Idumea. We have a rough time admitting when we are in pain. Psalm 137, one of the most shocking imprecatory psalms, was written after this betrayal: “Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem, how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare, down to its foundations!” (Psalm 137:7). . Job does this well. God cries when we hurt, God laughs when we laugh, God celebrates with us when there is true joy. Note: “God had permitted matters to be … brought to a crisis that He might rebuke the perversity of Saul and teach His people a lesson of humility and faith. Even as Jacob’s heroes die — his mother, her nurse, his beloved wife, and his own father die — God lives on and his promises do not die. We fear that if we remember, the pain will return and kill our present. As David leaves Jerusalem, he speaks with one of the military leaders traveling out of the city. They recognize him because of his hands— the place where he was speared— they recognize his pain. He is with us and dwells in us but when we walk in fear we cannot see His presence. The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.” (11–12). They are simply made by human hands and imagination. Once born, the twins struggled against each other. We have been delving into the Biblical story and how we enter into God’s story. Ever since I began planning this series last spring, I wanted to make sure that we had a Sunday where we explore what a Biblical response to crisis looks like. There he had come to Bethel on his way from leaving his father’s house to go into exile at his uncle Laban’s. Verse 7 mentions the past danger again: Jacob “built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.” And just as God had rescued Jacob from Esau’s pursuit, and from Laban’s (31:22ff. There will be financial crisis where we find ourselves out of work but not out of debt. This is especially the case with the Jacob story. More than 200 years later, when Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and carried off her leaders to exile, Edom not only stayed aloof and did not help his brother, Israel, but conspired against him and gloated over his destruction. We have seen that our God’s rule extends beyond Jacob, and that our God’s promises outlive our heroes, and that our God answers in our time of crisis. How often have you been a witness for what God can do because someone dared to tell the truth? There were Idumeans in Jesus’s time, the most famous being King Herod. Give us courage, which is just another name for friends, to stare down the terror in our own and our neighbors’ lives, that we may be your joyous people. We hope these sermon notes will be an encouragement to you! Do not lie. We look to the future with worry and fear. The Christian response to crisis begins with God! The prophet Amos held out a veiled hope for Edom, not in what they would possess, but in who would possess them. Chapter 35 is a journey. The narrator has already said enough about Jacob’s love for Rachel (29:18, 20, 30) that we know what a blow this must have been to him. And in that moment Jesus turns and sees her for the first time and he says to her, “Woman, great is your faith.”, Even when Jesus got it wrong, he was able to turn, to repent, if you will, and to make it right—immediately. God also invites us into community. The Crisis. And in Christ, he will answer, not necessarily when and how you want, but he will provide all you need. Where is God in the Midst of Crisis?, Jen Booth - Read more Christian women spiritual life, faith, and growth. In a profound sense, our lives have been writing our parents’ stories, and now our children’s lives will write ours. And through it all, God is with us. Once we become parents, the most important work we have to is not our own grades and achievements and awards but the investment we make in our children. It hasn’t disappeared, he has moved through the pain and has been transformed through resurrection. 1) Our God answers in the time of crisis (35:1–7) When God says in verse 1, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there,” he is calling Jacob to fulfill a vow Jacob made back in chapter 28. God answering his own Son didn’t mean that Jesus didn’t go to the cross, but it did mean God raised him from the dead. He brought life into a situation where there was only pain and soon to be death. But during his son Jehoram’s reign, Edom revolted successfully from Israel (2 Kings 8:20–22; 2 Chronicles 21:8–10). It has meaning to any tragedy. Then, the final loss â€” and this one, like Deborah, would have been expected — we get the report, to end chapter 35, of the death of Jacob’s father, Isaac. How true that is that our courage most often comes from community— people who remind us of who we are and how God is calling us. God walks with us all along the way and never gives up on us. God had told Adam to be fruitful and multiply (1:22, 28) and Noah (8:17; 9:1, 7) and Abraham (17:20). All Jacob’s striving and wrestling — with his brother, with his father, with his uncle, with his wives — all that striving had ultimately been a wrestling with God, the kind of wrestling God wants. So God offers us presence and compassion and patience and endurance during times of crisis. And he is not alone. Joseph, gospel, Jesus, The sovereignty of God, faith, faithfulness of God, Abraham, Christian life, sin, faith, faithfulness of God, covenant, truth, youth, The sovereignty of God. The flock is scattering, and while some shepherds bravely set off in search of those lost and wandering sheep, others drive them, and many more, further from the fold. And God had been with him. Contributed by Terry Laughlin, pastor at CrossRoads … We do have to decide how to respond to it and let our response be a gift to God. And what he said, when asked how it is that he has had the courage to share his feelings of grief and crisis, is, “If you don’t talk about it, then grief really gets to set up and fortify its positions inside of you and begin to immobilize you. When we are hiding how we are really feeling from others and from God, we feel alone and isolated and terrified. There he wrestled his uncle Laban (chapters 29–31), who tricked Jacob into marrying both of his daughters (29:25), who then wrestled against each other for their husband’s affection (29:31–30:24, especially 30:8). And then maybe you can move on a little easier and a little better.” (The Late Show). This is Romans 9:10–13: “When Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad — in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls — she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.””. And when the people of Israel march from the desert to the promised land, “Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory” (Numbers 20:14–21). How often have you seen a glimpse of God’s presence — a thin space— because you were able to finally let go and forgive someone? And even if it wasn’t for our nation, we all know what it is like to face personal crisis and communal crisis, to have something happen in our lives or in the lives of those we love and to be faced with our own mortality and our own ugliness. Our greatest legacy will be the lives of our children. While these practical practices are all difficult, and some would say impossible at times, when we do them, we come to realize that our faith deepens with each opportunity. Even though, in the end, the nation of Edom would not be restored like Israel, there was a ray of hope for Edomites. We admit that we are grieving. But as people of faith, we also know that there are other endings too. As much as we may not like it in times when we disagree or are awful to each other, God’s best most creative and loving plan is to put us all in this world together. So, first, the God ofJacob is the one true God, who answers in our time of crisis. Psalm 50:15: “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”Psalm 20:1: “May the Lordanswer you in the day of trouble! He promised Abraham he would bless them through him. Everything makes sense in our understanding of a shepherd leading his flock to green grass and calm waters. Verse 5: “As they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.”, Jacob trusts that God will protect him, tenuous as things are, and so he obeys. So much for Perspective. When Jacob went into exile, his father had blessed him, “God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. Amos 9:12: “I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name.”. For the last while, we have been occupying ourselves with the details of Joseph’s relationship with his brothers and his father. God again and again and again brings resurrection to places of death; brings light to places of darkness; brings laughter to places where we have been weeping for so long. And not like the Canaanite gods Jacob’s sons would have found as they plundered Shechem (34:29). Praying in times of crisis is all about Perspective: practical planning, yes, but matched with a bit of distance, away from the tumult of battle so we can hear the still, small voice of God a bit more clearly. And God is with us through the night and is with us when we are able to see the dawn again. We take the time to be courageous enough to talk about what’s ailing us. Pastor, you know these truths. So I want to explore the Biblical approach to crisis this morning. Already under David’s son, Solomon, according to 1 Kings 11:14, “the Lord raised up an adversary against Solomon, Hadad the Edomite. It didn’t take long for Babylon to return to wipe out the Edomites. How amazing it is to see people in our lives choosing to use their response in a time of crisis as an opportunity to share a gift with God, with the community, and with themselves. It is not Isaac alone who makes his own legacy. But it wouldn’t last long. And at the end of the Joseph story, when Jacob blesses his sons, he says to Reuben, his firstborn, “You shall not have preeminence, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it—he went up to my couch!” (Genesis 49:4). And they are not able to go “wherever I have gone.” Which is what God had promised Jacob back in 28:15: “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go.”, Jacob has had his moments of crisis and God has been with him. Then we get the final and cumulative word of promise from God to Jacob, which affirms and extends what God has promised him so far: “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. God keeps his people’s eyes on Edom to both show his power beyond them, but also demonstrate his special covenant love for them. I was not focused on what crisis we may or may not be in this specific week depending on who was elected last Tuesday. Receive it Stir your Soul ) was not Jewish but rather was a foreign under. 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