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March 31, 2019

Sermon: God’s Financial Plan: Loans

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Scripture Lesson

Exodus 22:25; Luke 6:34-36

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’ So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel; but the name of the city was Luz at the first. Then Jacob made 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 clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one-tenth to you.’

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
God’s Financial Plan: Loans
Exodus 22:25; Luke 6:34-36

I. Introduction: Frank and Earnest
II. Series: God’s Financial Plan
III. Loans to poor Israelites (Ex. 22:25)
     A. “You shall not exact interest” (22:25)
     B. This is not a normal practice (22:25)
     C. Profit is subordinated to compassion
     D. Why not just give them the money?
IV. Didn’t this practice fade away? (Lk. 6:34-36)
     A. Jesus assumes it is still practiced (6:34)
     B. Lend to your enemies (6:35)
     C. Expect nothing in return (6:35)
     D. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (6:36)
V. Is this applicable to us?
     A. Help the less fortunate
     B. Be compassionate like God
VI. Can we loan money?
     A. Habitat for Humanity
     B. Ms. Gonzalez


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