'Jacob' Tagged Posts (Page 3)

'Jacob' Tagged Posts (Page 3)

THE TRIALS OF THE GODLY

In Genesis 37 we are told that the young Joseph, favored son of his father, Jacob, was sold into slavery in Egypt by his own brothers.  The sacred text tells us how faithful Joseph was – to God and everyone around him.  How many 17 year old young men, betrayed and sold by his own brothers, kidnapped by slave-traders, sold into servitude in a land far from home, would…

DIVINE SERENDIPITY

Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell the story.  On the road to Jericho sit two blind men.  Mark and Luke focus on one of the men in particular.  Mark tells us his name is Bartimaeus.   The day for these two men began as all of their days must have begun.  They were led by some kind soul to their usual spot on the roadside to beg – the only form of social assistance in those…

“THOSE WHO HAVE PERSEVERED”

Satan himself was permitted to afflict the ancient sufferer Job in his very body. So it is with the “daughter of Abraham” we meet in the 13th chapter of Luke.  We are not told what God’s purpose was in allowing the poor woman to suffer.  A loving God does not always tell us. What we are told is how long she had suffered.  Jesus refers to her as one “whom Satan has kept…

A LOOK BACK

Fifteen years ago today, September 11, 2001, a day which ever since we simply call 9/11, we saw that the oceans could no longer protect us.   The following Sunday, we worshipped as usual.  We recited Psalm 46 and sang the hymn Luther took from it – “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  At the time, we were on a journey through the life of Joseph in Genesis. The sermon theme…

SERVING CHRIST

Christ’s parable of the sower and the seed centers on the planting of God’s word in the soil of human hearts.  On the front porch of Luke 8 we are told about a group of women in whose hearts the seed of the word sprouted up. We meet Mary Magdalene, a woman liberated by the Lord from seven demons that once possessed her.  There is Joanna, the wife of Cuza who was on…