Saturday, June 17, 2017

An Unexpected Meeting

Rev. Dr. Diane M. Hoffmann
Message -- June 11, 2017

An Unexpected Meeting
(Adapted from “Songs in a Strange Land, by Charles R. Hembre)

Scripture Reading: Genesis 28:10-13
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
Key verse: Genesis 28:13 

May the Lord bless His words to your hearts this morning. . . 

In 1844, a man by the name of Charles Goodyear -- after whose name the Goodyear Tire company was named – was seeking to learn how to keep rubber from becoming soft when warm and brittle when cold.

He was an American self-taught chemist and manufacturing engineer who developed vulcanized rubber (for which he received patent number 3633 from the United States Patent Office on June 15, 1844. 

One night by accident, he left a piece of rubber smeared with sulphur near a hot stove. The next morning he found a remarkable change had taken place -- this was the solution he had been seeking…

This unexpected discovery ushered in a new industry called “vulcanizing”, which all happened unexpectedly by accident.  Many inventions have come along this way unexpectedly by accident.

One of the greatest experience of Jacob’s life was an unexpected meeting with God.

While fleeing from his brother Esau, he suddenly found himself in the very sanctuary of God.

There, God gave him a promise that he would never forget. This unexpected meeting would bless him for the rest of his days.

Today, Jesus Christ is our promise-giver, and promise-keeper, who came – not unexpectedly – but was prophesied all along throughout the Old Testament…

But, the thrilling thing about knowing Christ is that, often, He reveals Himself to us when we least expect it.  He gives us blessings greater than we anticipate.

These exciting meetings can happen during prayer, while walking down the street, while meditating, working, or any other time…

“And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon you lie, to you will I give it, and to your seed.” (Key v.13)

As our minds are stayed on Him, suddenly He is there, with us, and we feel a richness not known by those in the world who don’t know Him.

In closing, I would like to read from the book of Numbers, chapter 6:24-26. . .

24 The Lord bless you, and keep you:
25 The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you:
26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Let us sing our last song this morning, “I’ll Fly Away”

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