25 January 2015 Sunday Morning Service
OT Genesis 28 : 10 – 22
NT John 1 : 43 – 51
28:10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran.
28:11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.
28:12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
28:13 There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.
28:14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.
28:15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
28:16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
28:17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
28:18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
28:19 He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.
28:20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear
28:21 so that I return safely to my father’s house, then the LORD will be my God
28:22 and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”
1:43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
1:44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.
1:45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
1:46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.
1:47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”
1:48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
1:49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
1:50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.”
1:51 He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”