His family has died, his home was taken away, he is poor and destitute; but probably worse than anything else, are his friends. We admit that we are grieving. . When we are hiding how we are really feeling from others and from God, we feel alone and isolated and terrified. The emphasis is on knowing the God who is the source of protection and rest in the midst of the storms. CHRIST OF EVERY CRISIS March 22, 2019 Save Article. God invites us to show up with all of who we are— to bring our pain and thus to be in relationship with God. And this mother doesn’t care. 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 doesn’t want us to hide how we are feeling. It is not Isaac alone who makes his own legacy. Stations of the Heart, Richard Fischer Do not lie. And he remembered Rachel in hers (30:22). They wrestle, they yell, they bargain, they try to persuade, they do all of the things that we do in times of crisis. 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. Crisis can defeat us. In a profound sense, our lives have been writing our parentsâ stories, and now our childrenâs lives will write ours. In Genesis 35, we come to the end of Jacob having center stage in the book of Genesis. âYet I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated. Because his friends keep telling him that it’s his own fault. In the time of great crisis, Jobâs wife encouraged him to curse God and die. That this would be devasting for Jacob is plain enough. He was of the royal house in Edom.â Why? Loving one another. But instead of making war, God instructed Israel âto go around the land of Edomâ (Numbers 21:4). Again, I ask, what do you do? 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. Some are global - tsunamis, earthquakes, or terrorism. Jacob wrestled Esau for his birthright (25:29â34), then wrestled his father, Isaac, for the blessing of Abraham (chapter 27). And now thereâs one new element: âkings shall come from your own bodyâ (verse 11; as God had promised Abraham in 17:6). What little we earn is go before we receive it. And while I don’t think that that is really true, I understand the perception. With an Introduction and Commentary by Rev. Because it’s honest. 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. 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. God will live on once Jacob has died, and God will extend his promises, even as death comes for Jacob. We have a rough time admitting when we are in pain. 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. Joyful people tend to be thankful people. And it is not Jacob who makes his own legacy but his children, and especially Joseph. His life had been in jeopardy previously. Everyone has troublesâbut sometimes youâre hit with a situation that leaves you reeling, helpless, even desperate. She is in 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. Why bother with Esauâs genealogy? A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body. This sermon is re-edited from Timothy Peckâs sermon about 9-11-01 to the Space shuttle Columbia explosion on 2-1-03. 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. In the first four verses of Ps. That God brings resurrection out of death over and over again so that we can be God’s joyous people. The story began back in chapter 25 with the birth of Esau and Jacob who struggled together in the womb (25:22), and God said to their mother, Rebecca, that the older would serve the younger (25:23). ), he faced the daunting prospect of encountering Esau. We see this in leaders within our nation and our world when they choose to respond with wisdom and love in horrible situations. As people of faith, one of the ways that we find God in times of crisis, is to acknowledge— not ignore— the pain. The Christian response to crisis begins with God! 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. The generation before him is dying off, transitioning Jacob into his elder years. 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. The valley of the So, first, the God ofJacob is the one true God, who answers in our time of crisis. In our passage from Matthew today there is a woman who is interrupting what Jesus is trying to do. 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. Verse 1: âArise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Already under Davidâs son, Solomon, according to 1 Kings 11:14, âthe Lord raised up an adversary against Solomon, Hadad the Edomite. The first, while in Bethel, is the death of Deborah, his mother Rebeccaâs nurse (verse 8). 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. But instead of giving up or blaming someone else, he yells at God. 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). Where is God in the Midst of Crisis?, Jen Booth - Read more Christian women spiritual life, faith, and growth. Edom shows what Israel might have been apart from Godâs covenant. Jacobâs time is coming, and it will not throw God for a loop; he will be just fine without Jacob. Growth in grace and opportunity for ministry follow Christians in the wake of crises. Which is why I planned a Sunday on finding God in times of crisis. We look to the future with worry and fear. Patton Oswalt, the actor and comedian, has been publicly grieving because his wife died about six months ago. There were Idumeans in Jesusâs time, the most famous being King Herod. individual crisis or a corporate crisis of some kind, but it will come. 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. But as people of faith, we also know that there are other endings too. and Ezekiel (25:12â14; all of chapter 35) and Joel (3:19) and Amos (1:6â2:1) prophesied that it was just a matter of time until destruction would come to Edom as well (also Lamentations 4:21â22). And, what is always the most shocking and awe-inspiring, God offers us resurrection— both in this life and in the next. ), he does so again. That even in the middle of the darkness, God brings light and joy. As he prepared to do so, he was met at night by a man who wrestled him until day break (32:24). 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. So God offers us presence and compassion and patience and endurance during times of crisis. Practice hospitality. He is with us and dwells in us but when we walk in fear we cannot see His presence. And through it all, God is with us. 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). God keeps his peopleâs eyes on Edom to both show his power beyond them, but also demonstrate his special covenant love for them. 23, David takes the gentle picture of a shepherd with his sheep to describe the relationship God has with us and we with Him. He is the God of the nations, and he is not done with all the families of the earth. ... 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. Our lives are full of pain. 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. Hauerwas prays in his prayer for courage, which he says is just another name for friends. One remarkable truth this demonstrates for us is Godâs concern (and rule) beyond the boundaries of his covenant sons. The first is Genesis 2:4, during the creation story: âThese are the generations of the heavens and the earth . So Genesis 36 does have something vital to say to us about our God. They are baby toys. 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. .â (two are here in chapter 36 for Esau). And yet they are all transformative. She had struggled to bear children and said to him, âGive me children, or I shall die!â (30:1). It has meaning to any tragedy. This is the first of two painful episodes for Israel in dealing with Edom, and one they would not soon forget (Judges 11:17â18). 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 gave Edom a land, not in the promised land, but a neighboring territory to the southeast, and he preserved the nation for centuries. 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. 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. It hasn’t disappeared, he has moved through the pain and has been transformed through resurrection. 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. 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. And finally, in Genesis 37:2: Jacob. This is Romans 9:10â13: âWhen Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad â in order that Godâs purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls â she was told, âThe older will serve the younger.â As it is written, âJacob I loved, but Esau I hated.ââ. In times of crisis we must walk in faith and not in fear. And listens. Job’s friends are the worst. He will hear you. At times like this, we need to hang on to truths that donât change. We must appear happy, to be OK, to others and ourselves. First, we have Job. Even though it had been decades, God had not forgotten the vow. The verses in Habakkuk 3:17-10 do not actually use the words thanks or gratitude, but it certainly could be implied. Love God | Love our Neighbor | Love First, First United Methodist Church of the St. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Sermons in Times of Crisis : Twelve Homilies to Stir Your Soul by Paul D. Scalia (2019, Hardcover) at the best online prices at eBay! But it wouldnât last long. 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? 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. So, secondly, the God after Jacob outlives our heroes. But verses 22â25 lists the sons by mother, which may reflect the fault lines in the family conflict. This article is an edited excerpt from Dr. Reaganâs book, Living for Christ in the End Times. They donât answer. 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. In fact, this is not the end of the story for Jacobâs and Esauâs descendants, the Israelites and the Edomites. After all, we know no one likes to be around people in pain. They recognize him because of his hands— the place where he was speared— they recognize his pain. Free shipping for many products! But thereâs one more piece to the story of Israel and Edom. 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. 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. Believe the crisis is bigger than God or that God is bigger than the crisis. Care for Others. Forgive not just seven times, but seventy times seven times. He said, âThough he slay me, yet will I trust in himâ (Job 13:15). 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. Just like the genealogy of Ishmael in Genesis 25:12â18. In the book of Romans, when the apostle Paul is teaching Godâs divine prerogative in choosing whom he will for his blessing and favor, he turns to Jacob and Esau. 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). The Crisis. 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. God has promised his favor to his people, but his power is not limited to them. As Israel settled into the promised land, Edom was to be a border, not a foe to cleanse from the land (Number 33:37; 34:3; Joshua 15:1, 21). God has shown himself to be the God who hears and answers in the time of crisis. Although Job went through some very difficult days, he never gave up on God. IN FACT, THIS IS ONE OF THE KEYS IN OVERCOMING CRISIS OR PROBLEMS IN OUR LIFE - HAVING A THANKFUL OR GRATEFUL HEART! In our walk with the Lord there will be times of Crisis. When God says in verse 1, âArise, go up to Bethel and dwell there,â he is calling Jacob to fulfill a vow Jacob made back in chapter 28. 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