C.S. Lewis said, “And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred – like the Moon seen through a dirty telescope. That is why horrible nations have horrible religions: they have been looking at God through a dirty lens.”
I am looking forward to seeing everyone tonight. We have some good things to share with you.
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Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 47:1-12. The title of this sermon is: Your Life Is A Journey. This is part of our Genesis series.
The Bible teaches in Ecclesiastes that life is made up of different seasons. Another way of looking at this is that your life is a journey that is made up of smaller journeys. From where you are in your life now, you can look back and see most of the smaller journeys that make up your overall journey. Some journeys (seasons) were more intense than others. Some you never want to forget and there are some that you wish you would never remember.
School is one such temporary journey. Elementary school is a journey, Middle school is a journey, High school is a journey. After high school is over, you may journey into the workforce or you might journey into further schooling.
Whatever decision that you make, it is still a temporary decision.
Every decision that you make is temporary but the consequences of those decisions can have lasting impact.
Genesis 47:1-2 Joseph went to Pharaoh and told Pharaoh that his father and brothers had successfully moved into the land of Goshen.
Joseph introduced five of his brothers to Pharaoh.
Genesis 47:3-4 The events started to transpire as Joseph said they would. Pharaoh asked his brothers what they did for a living.
Genesis 47:5-6 Pharaoh really liked and trusted Joseph or he would not have made the offer that he made for Joseph’s family.
Genesis 47:7-12 Joseph gets his father and his brothers settled in to the new land. They are given the best of the land in Goshen. Joseph provides for his family for the remaining time of the famine.
There is something that takes place that I want us to focus on. In the middle of this section of the Scripture, a very important conversation happens.
The conversation takes place in verses 8-9.
Jacob does not respond to Pharaoh’s question like we are accustomed to think. He equates his life with being on a journey. He does not consider this world to be his permanent home. He says that he is sojourning.
Sojourn: a temporary stay // a period of time when you stay in a place as a traveler
The Bible is very clear that this world is not our home:
Psalm 119:19 – I am a sojourner on the earth
Philippians 3:20 – Our citizenship is in heaven
Hebrews 13:14 – For here we have no lasting city
1 Peter 1:17 – Conduct yourselves with fear during the time of your exile
1 Peter 2:11 – sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh which wage war against your soul
When you are in a place but you don’t live there, you live differently.
- You still obey the laws of that city
- You only pack for the purpose of that journey
- There is an urgency to your journey
- You can live like the missionary that the Bible already says that you are
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