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Date: March 10, 2019

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Genesis

Scripture: Genesis 29:1–29:14

›Genesis 29:1-14


Genesis 29:1-3

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.

Genesis 29:4-8

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.”

Genesis 29:9-12

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.

Genesis 29:13-14

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.

Main Point

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

Application Points


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

Application Points

Mundane (2)

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?

Application Points

Mundane (3)

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

Application Points

Mundane (4)

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

Application Points

Mundane (5)

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

Application Points

Mundane (6)

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

Application Points

Mundane (7)

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

Application Points

The Gospel of Christ