Pastor’s Letter – July 24, 2020 – Jacob’s Ladder

And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

Genesis 28:16

Dear Church and Friends,

Isn’t it amazing how some images capture our attention and imagination. Jacob saw what he said looked like a ladder and ever since we have been re-imagining that ladder. The thing that is significant isn’t the ladder or the angels but the Lord who is at the top.

Jacob didn’t know it yet but he needed the Lord to be at the top. He apparently didn’t know that the Lord is over things. His confession in verse 16 tells us that. Sometimes we pass along the routine of our day-to-day living and forget that the Lord is watching over us.

We see a very familiar pattern here; distress/suffering, revelation, promise, confession, and vow/promise. It is wonderful to see this in Jacob because we have the opposite in Esau’s story. Wherever there is a Jacob there is always as Esau. Wherever there is an Abel there is always a Cain.

Let’s take time today to pause during our everyday routine and look for the Lord, who is watching over us.

Music: Thy Mercy, My God by Sandra McCracken.

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Prayer Request: Please pray for the following.

  • Pray for Emma Gouch who continues to recover from her bone marrow surgery.
  • Rick Burnett, Alan Barker’s cousin, is in the hospital with infection after hip replacement.
  • Robert Jarrell family who is grieving his passing.

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [The Second Part of God’s Honor.]

Question 115: Why then are we called the sons of wrath?

Answer: Because of our natural state through sin.

Question 116: When are we assured that we are His sons?

Answer: When we believe in His fatherly love.

Question 117: Why do we mention here His power?

Answer: To assure that He can and will save us.

All my best.

So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:

Genesis 28:21

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Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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