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The Failure of a Father (25 of 32)
INTRODUCTION: Early Friday morning an 8.9 Magnitude Earthquake suddenly and violently shook Japan, sending building crumbling and massive Tsunami's on shore over 1700 are feared dead. There's no way to really be prepared for that sort of thing. It hits when you least expect it. The bible speaks of a day where everything that can be shaken will be shaken so that that which cannot be shaken will remain. That is the day of great tribulation. Until that day every individual and every family will experience mini-tribulations. Mini-earthquakes.
They serve to reveal what your true foundation is.
ILLUSTRATION: For our family it was the suffering of a miscarriage a few years ago. We didn't see it coming, we didn't expect it. But suddenly we all had to face a sudden, unexpected loss. Thankfully, we pulled together, mourned the loss together and were able to come out of it stronger than before.
• For some it is a sudden loss of a job
• Bad news from a doctor
• A tragic accident that leaves lasting affects
• Disappointment from someone you respected
• For some it's a couple of military officers at your door with a serious look on their faces.
Those things shake you to the core. It seems that most of us can expect at least a couple of those days in the course of your life. Where everything that can be shaken will be shaken.
CONTEXT: That is the kind of day we are looking at in the life of the Patriarch Jacob. This is one of the most horrible stories in the Old Testament. It is very difficult to find any redeemable qualities in any of the characters. It is the story of the brutal assault and abuse of Jacob's only daughter Dinah.
This is the kind of story that revolutionizes your view of God's Word. This book is not like many suppose. God does not view the world through rose colored glasses. This is a very real, hard, difficult look at life and frankly it's heartbreaking. But ...
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