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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"TOUGH FAITH FOR TOUGH TIMES"
CT# 706141 (235)
"JACOB.. FAITH REFLECTIONS AT LIFE'S SUNSET"
Hebrews 11:21; Genesis 47:31-48:21
Dr. A. B. Simpson, one of the great old patriarchs of the faith, a
wonderful Christian, was on his deathbed. Some of his friends were there
with him and one of them said to him, "Dr. Simpson, you know you could try
to lean over on the breast of Jesus, as John did at the Last Supper."
The great old patriarch said, "Well, I don't know if I could do that
or not, but I think I'm getting hold of the hem of His garment."
There comes a time when the physical life as we know it comes to an
end. Some people call it "the sunset of life." Of course, no one knows
when that sunset may come. Sometimes it comes at a very early, tender
age, or in youth, and for others at older age. It can come at any time.
In this particular incident, we have the sunset of Jacob's life, and he is
looking back, reflecting, and it says that when he was dying, he worshiped
God and blessed Joseph's sons, his grandsons.
Jacob had quite a life. He left home when he was young, after he had
tricked Esau and his father, Isaac, and when he returned, he was old.
- He left home poor, and came back wealthy.
- He left home single, and came back married.
- He left home unreconciled with his brother, Esau, but he came home
- He went away healthy, but came back as a lame man.
- He went away lost, but came back saved.
- When he left, his mother was alive, but now she was dead.
- He went away as a contender with God, and came back as one contented
Twelve chapters in the Bible mention him and some of the great
struggles this man survived:
...at Peniel, when he wrestled with God,
... his fourteen years working for Laban in order to be allowed to
marry his beautiful and sweet wife, Laban's daughter,
...when he saw the angels ascending and des ...
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