There are two kinds of texts that are very hard to exegete and preach.
The first are those that you have read so often, you think you already know what it is about.
The second are those from obscure portions of scripture where you don’t often read them.
You know the ones, where you barely know who wrote the book and you have very little idea of the historical context of the text.
Abram’s folk were on a trip from Ur of the Chaldeans to Canaan.
But they stopped on the way…
They didn’t get to Canaan because they stopped in Haran.
The Bible says they settled there. (Genesis 11:31)
They were on their way to Canaan but they settled in Haran.
They took up residence there…
“It’s their loss…”
You ever heard any preacher say that when folks didn’t want to hear them preach?
Have you ever said or thought it?
The preacher who says this thinks that he is delivering the goods and that the people who don’t want to hear the preacher and who get up and leave are about to miss a powerful message that could have helped them.
We all have found ourselves in the position of wondering why our ministry hasn’t gone forward in the way that we thought it aught…
Many of us have gotten some training only to find that the door we wanted to be open was as closed as before we made such efforts.
You may have ministered faithfully as a lay leader for many years…only to find that that didn’t open the door either….
And perhaps you have given up in despair and have come close to give up ministry….or maybe you have…