26 April 2015 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
OT Genesis 35 : 16 – 29
NT 2 Corinthians 1 : 3 – 11

Genesis
35:16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty.
35:17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t be afraid, for you have another son.”
35:18 As she breathed her last–for she was dying–she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin.
35:19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
35:20 Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb.
35:21 Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder.
35:22 While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. Jacob had twelve sons:
35:23 The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.
35:24 The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
35:25 The sons of Rachel’s maidservant Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali.
35:26 The sons of Leah’s maidservant Zilpah: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram.
35:27 Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.
35:28 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.
35:29 Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

2 Corinthians
1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
1:4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
1:5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
1:6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
1:7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
1:8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.
1:9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
1:10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,
1:11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.