God’s Pursuit of the Runaway

Genesis 28:10-22

July 6-7, 2019

Libin Abraham, Campus Pastor, Missouri City

 

Genesis 28:10-18  Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel, d though the city used to be called Luz. (NIV)

 

1. A Runaway’s Reality

Genesis 28:10–11  Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.

A. Jacob is Isolated.

B. Jacob is in the Dark.

C. Jacob is alone with his own Thoughts.

 

2. God’s Gracious Revelation

A. God pursues the runaway with His Presence.

Genesis 28:12,13a  He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the Lord…

B. God pursues the runaway with His Protection.

Genesis 28:15  I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

C. God pursues the runaway with His Promise.

Genesis 28: 13–15  There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

 

3. Our Most Appropriate Response

A. Jacob worshipped God.

Genesis 28:16–17  When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this  place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

B.     Jacob rebranded his environment.

Genesis 28:18–19  Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.

C. Jacob trusted in God before things got better.

Genesis 28:20–22  Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God 22 and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.

John 1:52  Then he said, “Truly I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

 

Action Steps I will take in the weeks ahead…

  • I will identify what it is that I may be running from.
  • I will trust God before I see results.
  • I will list out and pray God’s promises over me as an encouragement in my dark days that He’s not done with me.