Summary: In uncertain times can we depend on God? God is present with us, God knows all about us; including our strengths and weaknesses, God continues to call us forward

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September 2, 2012 Jay Robison GEN 28:10-17 PS 91:1-11

Though he’s remembered as hero, Jacob was surely a scoundrel

He was not kind of person you’d want to go in business with

Or the kind of man you’d want to marry your sister

Jacob=heal grabber one who wanted to get ahead from womb

Born grabbing heal of older twin Esau to get out first

Swindled birthright from his brother for pot of stew

Deceived his father into thinking he was Esau oldest boy

Wanted father’s blessing more than anything and he got it

As is case with all who get ahead at all costs He was clever,

with quick mind, successful and great talker but in Gen 28

see something else about Jacob longs for more than material

We are invited into intimate scene from Jacob’s life

He is missing something, $$ and his wits could not supply

Missing peace of mind

No matter how much he has still feels unlovable

Jacob’s life was out of control many people feel that way

He is alone estranged from his family left father’s death bed,

conspired with mom to cheat brother is threatening to kill him

He is carrying guilt, life falling in on him

Read that Jacob was between two cities he is nowhere

Shakespeare being banished is a fate worse than death

Jacob thought being on run only hope for survival

Can we depend on God when we’ve made mess of life

Because we all feel life is a mess sometimes

1. We can depend on fact that God is present

Greatest surprise in story was he could sleep w\stone pillow

Every sound in wilderness represented a threat could be Esau

If you love $$ more than people sooner or later will be alone

While asleep has dream angels are moving up & down ladder

Ziggaurat ANE folks built ramp\staircase to get God here

Ancient religions had highly developed realm of angels

Christians recognize angels as messengers of God

Message to J from God is I am here, know your life situation

God is committed to empty handed fugitive

Creates wonder shock and amazement

Note J’s response when wakes up Surely the presence of Lord

in this place & did not know it confidence hope surge

God’s presence changes everything, now he is somewhere

We may miss God’s presence does not mean God absent

Biblical message from beginning to end; God is with us

Genesis God as creator, prophets law on inward parts

To ultimate revelation Jesus Immanuel God with us

Hell is to be banished from the presence of God

Could have happened to Jacob loneliness was unbearable

Not to late God still present & will be forever reach to God

When enter worship reminded of the presence of god with us

God has not thrown in the towel world is not Godforsaken

We do not have to do it alone

God is with us today

God’s presence in our lives changes everything!

2. We can depend on God’s promises

God renews Abraham covenant with Jacob Vs 14

Jacob the scoundrel crook rogue and rascal

God says my word is still good

Still doesn’t seem fair Esau eldest good to family not chosen

In reality none of us are worthy of being used by God

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