How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 13 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #228)



TEXT: Genesis 28:10-22

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

20 And Jacob vowed 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 raiment to put on,

21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:

22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 13

Today, we continue looking at the experience of Jacob and the ladder from Heaven that foreshadowed God coming down to be with His people through His Son Jesus Christ. We are looking at three specific ways that Jacob responded to God as an example of how we should respond as we await the Lord’s Second Coming.

First, we saw that Jacob made a place for God and we ought to make a place for God as well. Jacob designated the place where God met him as “Bethel,” meaning “house of God.” This was a place where Jacob would return as a reminder of what the Lord had done for him. We ought to be

Second, Jacob made a commitment to God. He “vowed a vow” that the Lord would be his God. We ought to make a commitment that Jesus will be the Lord of our life no matter what takes place down the road.

Third, we see that Jacob determined to give back to God. As a part of his vow, Jacob told God, “of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.” This is, of course, the principle of the tithe. William Barcley writes: “The first explicit references to the tithe appear in Genesis 14, where Abraham tithes to Melchizedek, and here in Genesis 28, where Jacob promises to give God ‘a full tenth.’ Some have suggested Jacob was offering a one-time tithe. But as John Currid observes, the verb ‘to tithe’ describes frequent, multiple actions. Jacob appears to be ‘making a lifetime commitment to Yahweh in the matter of tithing.’”

In the Old Testament, the tithe was more than giving money as we often view it today. In fact, money was rarely given as a tithe. Instead, the Jews gave of their resources such as food, crops, and livestock to the Lord and later to the Levites who served as the ministers of God to the people.

We ought to follow the example of Jacob and the ancient Jews and commit to giving a tenth — or more — of our money, resources, and time directly to the Lord. Most of us think that we can trust our selves to give freely out of the good feelings in our heart. However, that does not always work. When we have something, selfishness kicks in and we want to keep it; that’s why the commitment is necessary. We ought to give to the Lord and the Lord’s work whether we feel it or not.

Jacob recognized that all of his blessings came from God. His safety in travel would come from God. Whatever success he would meet with in the land of his mother’s family would come from God. Jacob recognized all of this ahead of time, and determined that when he received his blessings, he would turn around and give back to God.

Statistics show that most Christians give less than 3% of their income to churches or Christian ministries. Not only ought we to give 10% or more of our monetary income, but we ought to give a large portion of our time and resources directly to the Lord’s work. As we are awaiting the Lord’s coming, we ought to want to be laborers in His vineyard, not just the vineyard of the world. And we ought to commit to showing our gratitude for what the Lord has done and will do for us by committing a portion of our time, money, and resources to His work in the earth.

Howard B. Grose wrote:

Give of your best to the Master;
Give of the strength of your youth;
Throw your soul’s fresh, glowing ardor
Into the battle for truth.
Jesus has set the example,
Dauntless was He, young and brave;
Give Him your loyal devotion;
Give Him the best that you have.

Give of your best to the Master;
Give Him first place in your heart;
Give Him first place in your service;
Consecrate every part.
Give, and to you will be given;
God His beloved Son gave;
Gratefully seeking to serve Him,
Give Him the best that you have.

Give of your best to the Master;
Naught else is worth His love;
He gave Himself for your ransom,
Gave up His glory above.
Laid down His life without murmur,
You from sin’s ruin to save;
Give Him your heart’s adoration;
Give Him the best that you have.

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Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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