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Epiphany Sunday 18th January,2015

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sunday 18th Jan 2015 Epiphany 2 7:30am, 9:30am, 11am St A’s & 6:30pm St Pete’s

Jacob’s dream   1 Samuel 3:1-10, I Cor 6:12-20 & John 1:43-51


In my early Christian walk I had many giants of the faith who helped me along the way. One that particularly stands out is, singer/song writer, author and Biblical Scholar, Michael Card. Michael has the profound ability of cramming so much theological insight into a three minute song. The reason why I’m telling you this is because one of his many monumental songs, ‘Jacob’s dream,’ captures the essence of today’s Gospel, especially Jesus’ remarkable promise to Nathanael, along with the Old Testament passage it alludes to (Genesis 28 :10-22). It is best listened to, accompanied by Michael’s marvelous musical arrangement, so please, look it up, but for now, just take in the wonder of these words;


Are you dreaming Jacob’s dream?

Could that be why you’re smiling?

Could you not be someone like he

So wily and beguiling?

Do you see a ladder there

Reaching up to heaven?

Do the angels fill the air?

Could you reach out and touch them?

Jacob dreamed about Someone

The Way to heaven, God, the Son

Someday it’s my prayer for you

That in your heart his dream comes true.

You have a bed to lay in.

But, you and Jacob aren’t alone.

We all need dreams to seek Him.

Are you dreaming Jacob’s dream?


As Michael’s song indicates, Jacob’s dream envisioned the locus of revelation, the point of connection between heaven and earth. Jesus is this place. Jesus incarnates Jacob’s dream. The place where people now encounter God is in the person of his Son, and that it is through him, that God is now revealing his truth.


As Christians we have the most blessed privilege of knowing Jesus and making him known – the one who is the meeting point between heaven’s fullness and earth’s need.

John 1:43-51 – Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael                                     43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you,[a] you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

                                                                                                                                      1 Samuel 3:1-10 – Samuel’s Calling                                                                3 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3 the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!”[a] and he said, “Here I am!” 5 and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6 The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”