The sons of Israel are born out of the conflict of two sisters which will continue with this family all the way to Egypt. However in the most puzzling moment of this text we can already see the great promise of God, that those who are grieving will be rewarded.
God promises to be present among his people for their comfort and also their transformation. In this week’s text we witness Jacob experience God’s presence and promises in a remarkable way and we explore how God’s people can experience him today.
The Christian life is not meant to be lived in isolation. Rather, the Christian life and persevering in our faith is a team effort. If you are a Christian, you have been brought into the family of God and it is precisely in that family that you are to exercise love, sacrifice, good works and bear one another’s burdens. Together we are called together to fulfill the law of Christ, namely, to love each other as ourselves. So fulfilling the law of Christ cannot be done alone. It must be done in the context and crucible of Christian community.
Today we commission our brothers and sisters who comprise the Redemption Church Plant team. This is their last Sunday with us. Together we send them out with our love, with our prayers and a word from the Apostle Paul. Paul’s instruction for Timothy, ‘Continue in what you have learned’ and ‘Preach the Word’ is our charge to Redemption Church.