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Conditional or Unconditional Allegiance?

Mar 3, 2013, Preacher: Pastor Matt Perkins

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Text: Genesis 28

Jacob got his name for a reason.  He was a trickster… always conniving and trying to get something for himself.  We find Jacob here caring about himself once again.

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

 Jacob’s allegiance to God depended on God doing all the things that Jacob had listed. God should have our full allegiance no matter what.  He is worthy.

Job said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, said, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Paul’s life was hard, “…in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;  In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;  In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.” Even though he went through all this he is quoted saying this, “I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.”