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Date: March 10, 2019
Speaker: Sean Grossman
Scripture: Genesis 29:1–29:14
1 Then Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the east. 2 As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep lying beside it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well's mouth was large, 3 and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place over the mouth of the well.
4 Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, “We are from Haran.” 5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.” 6 He said to them, “Is it well with him?” They said, “It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!” 7 He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.” 8 But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”
9 While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 Now as soon as Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, Jacob came near and rolled the stone from the well's mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's kinsman, and that he was Rebekah's son, and she ran and told her father.
13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister's son, he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, 14 and Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month.
›These verses describe Jacob coming to Haran
› He immediately encounters some shepherds, as well as his cousin Rachel
› He helps Rachel water the sheep, then meets his uncle Laban
– This story seems pretty straightforward
– We find a meeting of relatives…fairly mundane event
– Let’s call it a day!
– While this is certainly a fairly mundane story the truth is there something behind the scenes
– There is something which makes this extraordinary
– What is it?
– Jacob is wandering around trying to find Haran
– He finds Haran and Laban
– It seems less coincidence and more providence
– That is the great point of the story
– How many are feeling the daily grind
– Waking up, going to work, coming home, working more, have dinner, spend some time with family, go to bed, do it all over again
– What if the mundane is also important?
– That through the mundane can come wonderful things
– One time I was going to class
– Drew and I were taking Spanish together and to my right sat Drew and on my left was a red-headed girl whom I had never met before
– Who would have thought that this red-head girl would become my wife and I her husband?
– So many times mundane events are only mundane at first, yet in reflection we find them transform our lives
– Another couple here today…she went in for an interview to work for a local forester…
– Now we have the Hales
– It’s not only in relationships
– A song I heard a hundred times before stopped me in my tracks
– Some mundane…listening to a song…becomes something more
– Perhaps you’ve experienced it Sunday
– A hymn, a Scripture, a sermon, seizes your affections
– Something which can be so mundane, having extraordinary consequences
– Sometimes we can get so fixated on things being so dreary and mundane that we can forget out of the mundane comes extraordinary events
– Seemingly simple stories, lead to spectacular stories
– Jacob isn’t the only on in this situation
– We are surrounded by extraordinary stories all the time
– How life itself is amazing
– How we are unique individuals experiencing this same world differently
– It is ordinary, yet it is extraordinary
– This is especially true with Christ
– He is making all things new…including us!
– We can look at the ordinary and find more because of Christ
– We can see how Christ sanctifies our lives
– We can look at the nighttime sky and be filled with awe, for the stars, but more so, for God who created such beauty
– We can consider our work and how it can be more than making money
– It can glorify God by giving Him the glory for your work
– If God is in it, then it is no longer ordinary
– Every moment from when we come to Christ to our final breath is in His presence
– When we look back on the stories of our lives, we might just find there was purpose in this everyday stuff
– We’ll learn…God is there even in the every day
– Maybe we’ll see that these mundane things have purpose
– I look at the story today and see little more than a runaway
– I see God in it, who kept Jacob on his journey
– As such, I see myself in God’s great grace, as I take each step in further reliance to Christ
– That you would not worry about your life being ordinary, instead recognize if you are in Christ everything has changed
– To recognize every breath you breathe in Christ is holy, other, and different
– Every moment is holy if you are in Christ
– How great is our God, and how wonderful are His ways
› The Gospel of Christ