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Sometimes we feel like we are in exile from God and that we cannot ever return home. What does God say about that?

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Caught up in Sin and forsaken by God
INTRO
Israel’s sin / exile
Jacob’s sin / exile
Your sin / exile
Connect illustration to present day hearers.
Transition = Show this need or similar issue was also the question behind the biblical text.
Clearly state the theme of the text/sermon.
Title & Text
Home
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Theme
The LORD brings a message to Jacob while in exile.
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Pray
God our Father there are those hearing this today who are broken and ashamed. Some are listening to this and feel as if there is no coming back to You. They have connived, cheated, stole, slandered, rebelled and rejected all Your ways. We are left broken and defeated feeling as if we are in permanent exile from Your Holy presence. LORD we are all here with baggage. We beg therefore that You might give us a message today! Speak to us we pray oh God.
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THE SERMON BODY
Text
He is with you.
He will keep you.
He will bring you home.
Genesis 28:10–22 ESV
10 Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” 18 So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”
Genesis 28:10–15 ESV
10 Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
Genesis 28
First Dream Narrative in OT
Context = Significance
Jacob - leaving promised land
fugitive
toward Abrahams land...
lost? / down and out? / nothing?
Dangers on the journey?
v10 - left Beersheba and went toward Haran.
Parental obedience
reason
400 miles north
a months journey
40 miles this day
v11 - And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep.
Certain Place
Does not know the significance
place = repeated
place = repeated
stayed the night - why?
Jacob is in a hard place! Exhausted! Have you ever been there?
Emotional day
Long hours
Cold
Uneasy
Exposed
“rock bottom”
Where will he Sleep?
Who will protect him from the dangers of the night?
v12 - And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!
Bad Bed / Great Dream!

It was the best night’s sleep he ever had in his life

Any Israelite indeed would be willing to take up with Jacob’s pillow, provided he might but have Jacob’s dream

Abrahams Vision = Jacobs Dream
Interesting Topics
Angels ascending and descending
watching / protecting / reporting
Heaven and Earth Connect
The Ladder
Jesus
John 1:51 ESV
51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
1 Timothy 2:5 ESV
5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
v13 - And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac.
God Above All
Commentators struggle with interpretation
The Majesty of the LORD!
God of His Forefathers
Sidney Greidanus =
Jacob is not looking for God, yet God meets in a dream. Jacob has never met this God. He had heard his grandparents and parents talk about Yahweh, the Lord, but Jacob has personally never met him.
Jacob is not looking for God, yet God meets in a dream. Jacob has never met this God. He had heard his grandparents and parents talk about Yahweh, the Lord, but Jacob has personally never met him.
Is that you today?
Have you heard of Jesus and yet never met him yourself?
Do you want to know Jesus as your own personal saviour?
Will you trust Him today!
What did God want with Jacob?
Context...
Punishment?
The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring.
Patriarchal Promise Land
v14 - and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south
Gen 13.16
Genesis 13:16 ESV
16 I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted.
Genesis 15:12–16 ESV
12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. 14 But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
Exile of God’s People
Reconciled through Christ!!
v15 - Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
Pinnacle of Dream / Climax of Passage
What Jacob needed to hear!
I am with you
I will keep you
I will bring you home
What Israel needed to hear!
Exodus 3:12 ESV
12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Deu 31.6
Joshua 1:5 ESV
5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.
Isaiah 43:2 ESV
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
400 Years of Silence
Matthew 1:23 ESV
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Matthew 28:20 ESV
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
John 15:26 ESV
26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
Matt 28
Act 2.33
Acts 2:33 ESV
33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
Revelation 21:3 ESV
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
What we need to hear!
We = Like Jacob
Fugitive
Guilty
Wandering
Alone
v15 = Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
For you Today!!
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v16 - Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.
God looks for us even in while in exile.
v17 - How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
John 10:9 ESV
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
John 14:6 ESV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
Jacobs Response / Israel’s Response = Our Response?
Worship & Dedication
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v18-19 - So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.
Worship
Building an altar
altar = sacrifice
altar = worship
worship = sacrifice
Oil of dedication
oil = anointing
oil = consecration
Renamed Bethel
Bethel = house of God
Jacob’s land = God’s house
v20-22 - “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”
Dedication
Making a vow
If / Then …
God’s Promise
Giving Goods
A tenth
Himself
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Text
He is with you.
He will keep you.
He will bring you home.
CONCLUSION
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use simple and clear transitions to give structure to movement.
Use verse references before quoting so that listeners can read along.
Use personal observances to illustrate difficult concepts.
Exodus 3:12 ESV
12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Deu
Joshua 1:5 ESV
5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.
Isaiah 43:2 ESV
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Isa 43.2
Matthew 1:23 ESV
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Matthew 28:20 ESV
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Acts 2:33 ESV
33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
Matt 28
Acts 2:33 ESV
33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
Revelation 21:3 ESV
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
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John 1:51 ESV
51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
John 10:9 ESV
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
John 1:49–51 ESV
49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Jhn
1 Timothy 2:5 ESV
5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Tim
John 14:6 ESV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Jhn 1.
CONCLUSION
We like Jacob were living as fugitives, guilty before God seeking shelter wherever we could. We faced a journey in the wilderness seeking rest but finding none, continuously outside of the Will of God. We were living lives characterized by fear, loneliness, and anxiety seeking companionship, protection and a place to belong. A place to call home! We like Jacob desperately need to hear these words from God:
Don’t introduce new material.
narrow the focus don’t expand it.
Do you feel disconnected from God?
“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
Clinch the goal.
living as a fugitive
Is today the first time you have heard God say this to you? If it is will you please respond as Jacob did as he said:
Give concrete applications.
“the Lord shall be my God... and of all that you give me I will give… to you.”
If you like Jacob have made that commitment to God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son then you can apply this scripture to your life today in this way...
Goal
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Application
Commit yourself to God and take comfort in the promise of Christ to be with you wherever you go, to keep you and to eventually bring you home.
Hebrews 11:13–14 ESV
13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
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Chris Tomlin - Home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twL3v5r8s6o
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CLOSE
God our Father we rejoice in Your power of reconciliation. You make an enemy a friend, You adopt the foreigner into a family, You give the dead a new life, and You bring the exile home! God we commit ourselves to You knowing as Jacob did that You will be with us, You will keep us, and eventually You will bring us home! For that we praise You!
Amen
Phillip Phillips - Home
Chris Tomlin - Home
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