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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. Amen. To start out with let me just tell a story that you might want to use as a part of your communication in this season, whether itâs for the Corona virus or other crises down the road: A small boy was watching a parade through his city one day. It has meaning to any tragedy. But you say, âHow have you loved us?â âIs not Esau Jacobâs brother?â declares the Lord. That if he would just be a better person, everything would be fine. The prophet Amos held out a veiled hope for Edom, not in what they would possess, but in who would possess them. Jacob then encountered Esau (chapter 33). First, we have Job. In our passage from Matthew today there is a woman who is interrupting what Jesus is trying to do. But verses 22â25 lists the sons by mother, which may reflect the fault lines in the family conflict. Edom shows what Israel might have been apart from Godâs covenant. Joyful people tend to be thankful people. He remembers. 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. Love your enemies. He will be with you, and keep you, and not leave you, wherever you go. About a century after Solomon, Edom was still under Israel during Jehoshaphatâs reign (1 Kings 22:47; 2 Chronicles 20:2 then 2 Kings 3:8â26). I Samuel 14:1â23. Those events are the primary emphasis of these chapters. ), he faced the daunting prospect of encountering Esau. The Bible emphasizes getting the facts before you take major actions in your life. Seeking the good of the Cities. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body. Those gods do not answer in the day of distress â literally, the time of crisis. The key statement is in verse 3: âLet us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.â, The God of Jacob is not like the false gods of the surrounding nations. Rachel was the daughter of Laban that Jacob had been so smitten over and worked not just seven years but, in the end, fourteen, to have as his wife. There will be financial crisis where we find ourselves out of work but not out of debt. 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 Godâs promises (which have driven the story since Genesis 12). Even in the book of Job as Job is yelling at God, letting God have it, wondering where God has been all of this time, God listens. They wrestle, they yell, they bargain, they try to persuade, they do all of the things that we do in times of crisis. And no matter who you voted for, I think we can all agree that our country is deeply divided in ways we can’t even always explain. 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. In battle against the Philistines, how did God honor the prayer of Jonathan and his armor-bearer? Which is why I planned a Sunday on finding God in times of crisis. We do have to decide how to respond to it and let our response be a gift to God. So I want to explore the Biblical approach to crisis this morning. Jacob spent twenty years under the tyranny of Laban, and as weâll see in the weeks ahead, Joseph spent thirteen years going down, down, down, before God raised him up. We have seen that our Godâs rule extends beyond Jacob, and that our Godâs promises outlive our heroes, and that our God answers in our time of crisis. When we experience a crisis, it is natural to be overwhelmed by negative feelings. And while it won’t do us much good to wallow in that pain, it is also the case that we so often miss out on being our true selves because we won’t even look at the pain— we always trying to put a pretty face on it so that we won’t embarrass ourselves or our friends. Do not commit adultery. Isnât Jacob the chosen son? Job does this well. Growth in grace and opportunity for ministry follow Christians in the wake of crises. When God defeats the Egyptians and brings Israel safely through the Red Sea, Edom is listed as one of the nations that hears, and trembles (Exodus 15:15). Again, I ask, what do you do? She had struggled to bear children and said to him, âGive me children, or I shall die!â (30:1). âBear one anotherâs burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.â â Galatians 6:2. 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. 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. They are simply made by human hands and imagination. And this mother doesn’t care. He didnât spare his death. Joy does come in the morning. God will live on once Jacob has died, and God will extend his promises, even as death comes for Jacob. God in Times of Crisis. In a profound sense, our lives have been writing our parentsâ stories, and now our childrenâs lives will write ours. That last line is a quote from Malachi 1:2â5, where we get what may be the clearest statement of Edomâs role as a nation, relative to Israel: âI have loved you,â says the Lord. So we cannot even be around ourselves. So much for Perspective. Whether Reuben, son of Leah, did this, in part, because of the household power struggle (Bilhah was Rachelâs servant), we donât know. Then we saw last week in chapter 34, how Jacobâs sons Levi and Simeon had deceived and slaughtered the village of Shechem as revenge for the defiling of their sister Dinah. DAVID â âHow to Live Through a Crisisâ 3 C. REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY TO OTHERS 1. This is the first of two painful episodes for Israel in dealing with Edom, and one they would not soon forget (Judges 11:17â18). 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. 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. Power Hauerwas prays in his prayer for courage, which he says is just another name for friends. The Christian response to crisis begins with God! And God offers us each other to walk together and not be isolated and not let the grief and the despair settle in. Even though, in the end, the nation of Edom would not be restored like Israel, there was a ray of hope for Edomites. Because it’s true. Love God | Love our Neighbor | Love First, First United Methodist Church of the St. The first, while in Bethel, is the death of Deborah, his mother Rebeccaâs nurse (verse 8). Already under Davidâs son, Solomon, according to 1 Kings 11:14, âthe Lord raised up an adversary against Solomon, Hadad the Edomite. After all, we know no one likes to be around people in pain. Where is God in the Midst of Crisis?, Jen Booth - Read more Christian women spiritual life, faith, and growth. . This mother is not of Jesus’ faith. The New Testament, the book of Hebrews encourages us âdraw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of needâ (4:16), then just a few verses later says, âIn 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 reverenceâ (5:8). Once born, the twins struggled against each other. Everything makes sense in our understanding of a shepherd leading his flock to green grass and calm waters. When we are hiding how we are really feeling from others and from God, we feel alone and isolated and terrified. He will hear you. 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). 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. That God calls us into community so we don’t have to live in the hell of being alone. Finally, once Jacob got free from Laban (after twenty years! Sign up to receive news and updates via email. God had appeared to him at Bethel and personalized the blessing of Abraham to him: âBehold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go[note that phrase], and will bring you back to this land. Now her nurse, whom Jacob has known as a family member his whole life has died as well. And then maybe you can move on a little easier and a little better.” (The Late Show). As people of faith, one of the ways that we find God in times of crisis, is to acknowledge— not ignore— the pain. What lesson does Edom teach Godâs people? ... 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. They recognize him because of his hands— the place where he was speared— they recognize his pain. 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. Under Saulâs successor, David, Israel finally subdued Edom and took spoil from them and stationed garrisons there (2 Samuel 8:12, 14; 1 Chronicles 18:11â13). And for all of us who have mothers, we know— there is nothing a mother won’t do for her child. When Jacob went into exile, his father had blessed him, âGod Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. 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. Edom was never restored like Israel, though some did migrate into an area of Judah that became known as Idumea. How many times have you known the Spirit because you were able to see your enemy’s humanity? Storms will confront us many times in our lives, expected and unexpected. Intro: As I read the story of Joseph, I am convinced that he had his act together.He is a man who knows how to handle himself in all kinds of situations. Job has been through the ringer. He has gone off to be away from the crowds for awhile. First, we get a quick summary of Genesis 32 and the man wrestling with Jacob at night, the climactic moment of Jacobâs story: God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram [where Laban lived], and blessed him. That this would be devasting for Jacob is plain enough. We are, in many ways, in a crisis of trying to figure out who we are going to be and how we can move forward together. He is the living God who wants us to turn to him, to wrestle with him (Genesis 32:22â28), not just our circumstances, in our time of crisis. And the way these genealogies often work is that they lead the way for focusing on the personâs children. 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. Jacob plays just as much a part, if not more, than his father. Love yourself. Amos 9:12: âI 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.â. Pastor, you know these truths. And it is not Jacob who makes his own legacy but his children, and especially Joseph. And heâs not yet done with Esauâs tribe, called Edom â which is good news for us Gentiles. And then in the New Testament it got expanded: Love your neighbor. We admit that we are grieving. And God will live on when our heroes in the faith die. This is the God of Jacob â and the God of Nahum (Nahum 1:7), Obadiah (Obadiah 12, 14), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 16:19), and Hezekiah (Isaiah 37:3). You can think of these as the God of Jacob (25:1â7), the God after Jacob (25:8â39), and the God Beyond Jacob (chapter 36), and with each weâll find a specific truth. Just as God saw Leah in her crisis (29:31). Because it’s honest. (This fulfilled what Balaam had prophesied in Numbers 24:18, that some day âone from Jacob shall exercise dominionâ over Edom.). Our lives are full of pain. God answering his own Son didnât mean that Jesus didnât go to the cross, but it did mean God raised him from the dead. 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: âI am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. 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. 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. Leonard Cohen, a singer/songwriter died this past week. He said, âThough he slay me, yet will I trust in himâ (Job 13:15). We see that in all of this God was pleased with his attitude. And even though Jacob leaves center stage after this chapter, when will his death come? God has shown himself to be the God who hears and answers in the time of crisis. When Jacob honored âthe God who answers me in the day of my distressâ (25:3), and when we remember our God as the one who answers us in our time of crisis, donât think that Jacob meant, or that we mean, that God always answers how we want and when we want. 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 is not like Labanâs household gods. We have been examining our stories in our Sacred Stories series. This is a process which can take time, and time is often in short supply when crisis comes. 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. Which has something important to say to us as a young church. 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. First, his beloved wife Rachel dies giving birth to another son, Benjamin, as the family journeyed south from Bethel. It hasn’t disappeared, he has moved through the pain and has been transformed through resurrection. Responding to a crisis pastorally in the pulpit requires the preacher to exercise discernment drawn from their knowledge of the congregation and the crisis itself. God invites us to show up with all of who we are— to bring our pain and thus to be in relationship with God. We have all known someone who has walked through a time of crisis responding in ways we can’t imagine. Psalm 46 offers us a foundation for trusting God in times of crisis. We have been delving into the Biblical story and how we enter into God’s story. In the first four verses of Ps. He rails at God. And while I don’t think that that is really true, I understand the perception. His family has died, his home was taken away, he is poor and destitute; but probably worse than anything else, are his friends. The first is Genesis 2:4, during the creation story: âThese are the generations of the heavens and the earth . 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. God promises to be in relationship with us. One remarkable truth this demonstrates for us is Godâs concern (and rule) beyond the boundaries of his covenant sons. Forgive not just seven times, but seventy times seven times. Note: âGod had permitted matters to be â¦ brought to a crisis that He might rebuke the perversity of Saul and teach His people a lesson of humility and faith. 23, David takes the gentle picture of a shepherd with his sheep to describe the relationship God has with us and we with Him. CRISIS MANAGEMENT. In our walk with the Lord there will be times of Crisis. With the death of Isaac, not Jacob (35:29). The original commission to humanity and the promises of Abraham are here clearly applied and renewed to Jacob. 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, Rachelâs servant Bilhah, who had borne him Dan and Naphtali (30:3â8). It is honest, at least. His son taught him how to be patient, how to be intentional, how to love the people around you really well. 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. So God offers us presence and compassion and patience and endurance during times of crisis. 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. He is the living God who wants us to turn to him, to wrestle with him, in our time of crisis. Believe the crisis is bigger than God or that God is bigger than the crisis. That God brings resurrection out of death over and over again so that we can be God’s joyous people. I mean really rails at God. The One who created us and redeemed us also sustains us throughout life - including times of crisis. God has promised his favor to his people, but his power is not limited to them. And he remembered Rachel in hers (30:22). He is with us and dwells in us but when we walk in fear we cannot see His presence. Because his friends keep telling him that it’s his own fault. And yet they are all transformative. And not like the Canaanite gods Jacobâs sons would have found as they plundered Shechem (34:29). The next two losses are the hardest. The Signs of the Times, July 26, 1905. 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!â (28:3â4). But he didnât let the cup pass. As he prepared to do so, he was met at night by a man who wrestled him until day break (32:24). The rest of the chapter gives us a succession of four major losses for Jacob. This sermon is re-edited from Timothy Peckâs sermon about 9-11-01 to the Space shuttle Columbia explosion on 2-1-03. God had told Adam to be fruitful and multiply (1:22, 28) and Noah (8:17; 9:1, 7) and Abraham (17:20). We must appear happy, to be OK, to others and ourselves. Even joy. We admit that we are grieving. The generation before him is dying off, transitioning Jacob into his elder years. We donât know when Rebecca died; perhaps she passed while Jacob was in exile. | 4,206 views. I was not focused on what crisis we may or may not be in this specific week depending on who was elected last Tuesday. Chapter 36 may seem oddly out of place. Sermons in Times of Crisis: Twelve Homilies to Stir Your Soul Hardcover â February 15, 2019 by Reverend Paul D. Scalia (Author) 4.6 out of 5 stars 42 ratings See all formats and editions God answered Jesus in his 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. Patton Oswalt, the actor and comedian, has been publicly grieving because his wife died about six months ago. Contributed by Terry Laughlin, pastor at CrossRoads â¦ I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.â If Edom says, âWe are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,â the Lord of hosts says, âThey may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called âthe wicked country,â and âthe people with whom the Lord is angry forever.â â Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, âGreat is the Lord beyond the border of Israel!ââ. As Hauerwas so eloquently put it, “we are to stare down the terror in our own and our neighbors’ lives so that we may be God’s joyous people.”. So today, as we come to end of the Jacob sequence, how does it end? .âThen Genesis 5:1: âThis is the book of the generations of Adam.â Then Genesis 6:9: âThese are the generations of Noah.â Genesis 10:1: the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 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. CHRIST OF EVERY CRISIS March 22, 2019 Save Article. Everyone has troublesâbut sometimes youâre hit with a situation that leaves you reeling, helpless, even desperate. Practice hospitality. And he is not alone. But even then, Deuteronomy 2 will tell Israel to treat âthe people of Esauâ as âbrothersâ â not to take their land or disturb Esauâs descendants (Deuteronomy 2:4â8; 23:7). A Study â¦ It didn’t make the pain any easier, but it sure was a gift he never knew he needed or wanted. For the last while, we have been occupying ourselves with the details of Josephâs relationship with his brothers and his father. And they are not able to go âwherever I have gone.â Which is what God had promised Jacob back in 28:15: âBehold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go.â, Jacob has had his moments of crisis and God has been with him. How often have you been a witness for what God can do because someone dared to tell the truth? Eleven times we find some form of the phrase âthese were the generations of . His sovereignty and his saving concerns extend beyond Israel. There he had come to Bethel on his way from leaving his fatherâs house to go into exile at his uncle Labanâs. Experiencing God in Times of Crisis From the series Finding God When You Need Him Most Crises are a part of life. Esau was so furious Jacob had to go into exile. Job does this well. This is a crisis unlike anything recent generations have ever experienced. This completes the southward journey of this chapter from Shechem in the north, down to Bethel, then Rachel dies on the way to Bethlehem, then down to Hebron. 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