There he had come to Bethel on his way from leaving his father’s house to go into exile at his uncle Laban’s. They don’t answer. Sundays at 10:00am & 5:00pm 1524 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105. 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! Verse 1: “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. The God of Jacob, and after Jacob, and beyond Jacob who we celebrate here at the Table is a God too real and too big and too glorious to work according to human expectations and timetables. How do the disciples recognize Jesus after he has been resurrected? 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. One remarkable truth this demonstrates for us is God’s concern (and rule) beyond the boundaries of his covenant sons. Jacob and Esau were twins. And he is the kind of God who welcome foreigners to join in the covenant love of his Table. And while I don’t think that that is really true, I understand the perception. I Samuel 14:1–23. As he prepared to do so, he was met at night by a man who wrestled him until day break (32:24). The prophets Jeremiah (49:7–22) and Obadiah (whole book!) And God offers us each other to walk together and not be isolated and not let the grief and the despair settle in. And then in the New Testament it got expanded: Love your neighbor. We are living in the midst of a global pandemic. But as people of faith, we also know that there are other endings too. Jacob wrestled Esau for his birthright (25:29–34), then wrestled his father, Isaac, for the blessing of Abraham (chapter 27). 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. Because it’s honest. Sermons in Times of Crisis: Twelve Homilies to Stir Your Soul Hardcover – February 15, 2019 by Reverend Paul D. Scalia (Author) 4.6 out of 5 stars 42 ratings See all formats and editions God promises to be in relationship with us. He is the living God who wants us to turn to him, to wrestle with him (Genesis 32:22–28), not just our circumstances, in our time of crisis. It hasn’t disappeared, he has moved through the pain and has been transformed through resurrection. Sermons in Times of Crisis: Twelve Homilies to Stir Your Soul. What lesson does Edom teach God’s people? Chapter 35 is a journey. However, in the midst of this section in which Jacob loses three significant people in his life, and is betrayed by his firstborn son, we do have one last revisiting, and extending, of God’s promises (which have driven the story since Genesis 12). This is especially the case with the Jacob story. First, we have Job. Jacob’s time is coming, and it will not throw God for a loop; he will be just fine without Jacob. When we are hiding how we are really feeling from others and from God, we feel alone and isolated and terrified. Genesis 25:19: Isaac (Abraham’s promised son).Then Genesis 36:1, 9: Esau. In the time of great crisis, Job’s wife encouraged him to curse God and die. That God offers us relationship through the crisis. 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. Storms will confront us many times in our lives, expected and unexpected. The rest of the chapter gives us a succession of four major losses for Jacob. In the first four verses of Ps. We admit that we are grieving. After the period of the judges, once Israel finally had a king, named Saul, he fought against all the surrounding nations, including Edom (1 Samuel 14:47). She had struggled to bear children and said to him, “Give me children, or I shall die!” (30:1). Genesis 47:13-26. But there’s one more thing we need to say about what it means for God to answer in our time of crisis. When we experience a crisis, it is natural to be overwhelmed by negative feelings. CRISIS MANAGEMENT. They are baby toys. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body. May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!”. Amidst the Pestilence – Coronavirus Sermon. God’s desire is to be in relationship with us, and that is truly a gift. And not like the Canaanite gods Jacob’s sons would have found as they plundered Shechem (34:29). 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. What do we do, as people of faith, when we are facing a time of crisis? Because this woman, in her courage to do whatever it takes to help her daughter in her time of crisis, prayerfully and determinedly calls Jesus out on how far God’s grace will extend. Jacob’s nomadic household is not native to the land, and now Levi and Simeon “have brought trouble on me,” Jacob says, “by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land” (34:30). He rails at God. They are simply made by human hands and imagination. He’s at a point where there’s really nothing to lose. Just like the genealogy of Ishmael in Genesis 25:12–18. We discovered that in times of Crisis God is right there. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” — Galatians 6:2. 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). 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. Crisis can defeat us. As David leaves Jerusalem, he speaks with one of the military leaders traveling out of the city. He was of the royal house in Edom.” Why? It has meaning to any tragedy. This is a crisis unlike anything recent generations have ever experienced. Even joy. And God had been with him. 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. 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. He said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). Job has been through the ringer. And listens. So Genesis 36 does have something vital to say to us about our God. And then, seemingly on the heels of losing Rachel, Jacob is dealt the blow of learning that his oldest son has slept with his concubine, Rachel’s servant Bilhah, who had borne him Dan and Naphtali (30:3–8). 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. Times will come when an unpredictable event or the unforeseen consequences of some event will require us to make decisions quickly, if only to avoid the negative effect or damage brought about by such an event. About a century after Solomon, Edom was still under Israel during Jehoshaphat’s reign (1 Kings 22:47; 2 Chronicles 20:2 then 2 Kings 3:8–26). Although Job went through some very difficult days, he never gave up on God. 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. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:15), “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house.” (Genesis 28:20–22), God was with Jacob and kept him wherever he went, and yet Jacob had returned to the land and found safety (33:18) and settled in Shechem, and had not yet returned to Bethel. For Israel’s life as a nation, Edom served as a kind of control, or point of comparison, to show the electing love of God. Seeking the good of the Cities. In times of crisis we must walk in faith and not in fear. IN FACT, THIS IS ONE OF THE KEYS IN OVERCOMING CRISIS OR PROBLEMS IN OUR LIFE - HAVING A THANKFUL OR GRATEFUL HEART! Which is why I planned a Sunday on finding God in times of crisis. 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. Now, God answers her prayer for another son, even as she dies giving him life. 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). He promised Abraham he would bless them through him. 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. Some are global - tsunamis, earthquakes, or terrorism. Patton Oswalt, the actor and comedian, has been publicly grieving because his wife died about six months ago. 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. 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). His sovereignty and his saving concerns extend beyond Israel. Genesis 25:19, which reads, “These are the generations of Isaac.” And how will Joseph’s story begin next week? They recognize him because of his hands— the place where he was speared— they recognize his pain. The New Testament, the book of Hebrews encourages us “draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (4:16), then just a few verses later says, “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence” (5:8). Job does this well. God keeps his people’s eyes on Edom to both show his power beyond them, but also demonstrate his special covenant love for them. Chapter 36 may seem oddly out of place. Once born, the twins struggled against each other. For example, William Carey, the father of modern missions, left us a legacy of faithfulness to God. Worshiping Jesus. So we cannot even be around ourselves. And now there’s one new element: “kings shall come from your own body” (verse 11; as God had promised Abraham in 17:6). May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!” (28:3–4). 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. Which has something important to say to us as a young church. Even though, in the end, the nation of Edom would not be restored like Israel, there was a ray of hope for Edomites. God has promised his favor to his people, but his power is not limited to them. But instead of making war, God instructed Israel “to go around the land of Edom” (Numbers 21:4). He wants us to wrestle with him by faith, not apart from him in unbelief. God cries when we hurt, God laughs when we laugh, God celebrates with us when there is true joy. What little we earn is go before we receive it. Just as God saw Leah in her crisis (29:31). These times of crisis in our lives are most likely not what we would’ve chosen for ourselves, but we can make a choice to use the manual God has given us in how to treat one another. We have been examining our stories in our Sacred Stories series. You’ll see that key word “journeyed” in verses 5, 16, and 21. And it is not Jacob who makes his own legacy but his children, and especially Joseph. Stanley Hauerwas, an author and theologian, wrote a book called Prayers Plainly Spoken. We take the time to be courageous enough to talk about what’s ailing us. Sermons in Times of Crisis: Twelve Homilies to Stir Your Soul The Catholic Church today finds itself in the midst of a crisis. So God offers us presence and compassion and patience and endurance during times of crisis. When his son was diagnosed with cancer, Richard Lischer, preaching professor at Duke Divinity School, a man who was used to offering people hope and light in times of difficulty, was astonished to find that his son taught him how to die well. 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. That God calls us into community so we don’t have to live in the hell of being alone. God loves us; nurtures us; and when we’re ready or sometimes when we’re not but need to be, God nudges us, pushes us, and empowers us to get up. The first, while in Bethel, is the death of Deborah, his mother Rebecca’s nurse (verse 8). And through it all, God is with us. Be sure to sign up to get updates on the latest sermon notes by Team JP. This is about preaching and leading in times of crisis and some ideas and principles about that. As people of faith, one of the ways that we find God in times of crisis, is to acknowledge— not ignore— the pain. “Yet I have loved Jacob  but Esau I have hated. 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. 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. . ), he does so again. We fear that if we remember, the pain will return and kill our present. Communities don’t often know their own ability to offer grace, their own strength to stand up, their own power to partner with God until they face a time of crisis. Whether Reuben, son of Leah, did this, in part, because of the household power struggle (Bilhah was Rachel’s servant), we don’t know. To decide how to respond to it and let our response be a gift he never up... 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