Joni Eareckson Tada; you'll hear about her this morning. So much to be learned as we consider Jesus delaying before going to raise Lazarus from the dead.
This week is the first effort of VIDEOING the sermon. It wasn't planned, obviously, as you will see. So please don't let that distract you as Nancy continues in our post-Easter subject matter. This week focuses on God's sometimes delay in meeting our requests. Sometimes love requires an unanticipated delay.
Jesus, willing to give His life as a sacrifice for all of mankind, has always been Plan A.
Quite frequently Christianity is criticized for being male dominant and chauvinistic. If you're willing to spend even a modicum of time reading the accounts of the resurrection, you'd be hard pressed to make that argument. If it weren't for the women, we'd all still be stumbling around in the dark feeling the wall to find the light switch. Here's this Easter's message; it's a good one.
You know, Israel's kings were not to accumulate horses, a key instrument of military might. They were instructed to ride a donkey. And here is the King of kings, riding into Jerusalem the week of His laying down of His life for us, being born not by just a donkey, but the foal of a donkey. He could have the power of the universe at His command, but no. When He arrived as a babe in a manger, where I'm sure there were sheltered donkeys, the heavens opened and a choir of angels appeared giving praise to the newborn King. And now, at the end, riding in on a foal, praises for this man-God-king explode from the crowd. Praising God; a good lesson for the day.
In this week's discussion of Jacob, we look at a slightly different slant of Jacob's encounter with the Lord.
Not so fast! We're still discussing Jacob's deceit. The whole situation was, as the expression goes, a hot mess. But, in spite of it all, God's plan is not going to be deterred. Salvation is going to happen through Jesus, regardless of the mishaps and weaknesses of the players along the way. What's the ultimate blessing? Jesus. Never confuse "life is good" with the notion that we're in line with the Lord at all times. Heart checks are good. Assumptions are tricky.
As we continue in our series on Jacob, we finally arrive at Jacob and Rebecca's deceiving Isaac. Just about every sermon we've ever heard regarding this event leads to an interpretation of the mother and son's guilt regarding truthfulness. Hmmm. Have you ever considered......well, let's listen.
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