Rodney Herra Talks About Food
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 17, 2015 began with Clifton Brandt having the Personal Ministries Corner, encouraging each person to share the Gospel with those he/she meets. Rich Sutton followed with the announcements. Laurelbrook graduate Samuel Wehrli from Switzerland requested transfer of membership; it was so voted. Rich Sutton then had prayer for Samuel.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Open My Eyes That I May See”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Valorie Underwood then called for the offering, which was for local church budget. Haniel and Benjamin (ESL students) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Valorie Underwood prayed for the offering. Clayton and Clifton Brandt then sang “Be Still and Know” as a vocal duet for special music.
Rodney Herra then told the children a story about two young boys, aged 5 and 6. Rodney was five-year-old boy. He was taught never to “no” to his mother. That day his six-old-year brother didn’t have to go to school. Rodney said “no” to his mother’s request and ran out the door to escape a spanking. As the morning went on, the boys got hungry – and their mother was preparing potatoes. So the boys ate potatoes cooked on an old car top. The boys then went to the school and played on the playground. His older brother tied the two to his bike and took the two home. Their mother fed them, and they went to sleep. Rodney and his brother got the consequences of their actions.
Rich Sutton read Mark 1:12-13 “12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.”
Rodney Herra discussed the topic “Food”. The congregation sang “I Surrender All”. Rodney Herra had the closing prayer.
Samantha (elementary student) accompanied the service on the piano.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Clayton Brandt - local church elder / works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s boiler, water, and sewer systems / local church elder / local head church deacon
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Rodney Herra – works with Laurelbrook’s auto body program / local head church elder
Valorie Underwood – works in the nursing home laundry
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rodney Herra:
- Genesis 3:1-6 “1 ¶ Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
- Food and disobedience ties in with the children’s story.
- The main temptation here was food.
- Genesis 25:27-34 “27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob [was] a plain man, dwelling in tents. 28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of [his] venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 ¶ And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he [was] faint: 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red [pottage]; for I [am] faint: therefore was his name called Edom. 31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 32 And Esau said, Behold, I [am] at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised [his] birthright.”
- What was Esau willing to give for a little food? What are we willing to give or steal even for food?
- Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
- God honored Daniel’s request to remain undefiled.
- Daniel 1:11-14 “11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. 13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. 14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.”
- Daniel was on the same day before this, and God honored their request to effect a noticeable change.
- Matthew 4:1-4 “1 ¶ Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
- It is important to surrender our appetite to God. If we do so, we will have better health.
- Jesus went hungry for 40 days. Luke 4:1-2 “1 ¶ And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” He was probably close to starvation.
- He went through this experience for each of us.
- Ellen White in Desire of Ages says that each of us have to encounter the assaults of Satan as we turn from evil.
- Christ had to overcome the love of appetite and display and the world, basically self-indulgence, because man had become debased by disease that he could not overcome these evils by himself.
- During those forty days, Christ fasted and prayed. Isaiah 52:14 “As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:”
- Satan approached Christ, his first words expressing doubt of Christ as the Son of God. Thus it is important that we know what the Scripture and the Lord teach for ourselves.
- If Christ did what Satan suggested, Christ would have accepted the tempter’s doubt.
- When you get hungry, your mind doesn’t work right. But the words from God “This is My Beloved Son” carried Jesus through the experience.
- Jesus chose not to use His power to change stones into bread because He loved us so much.
- Ellen White says that Christ was not to prove His divinity to Satan, not to exercise divine power for His own benefit. Jesus did no miracles to help Himself throughout His ministry on earth.
- When the first suggestion of wrong is heard, say a prayer to God and firmly resist the temptation.
- Jesus overcame with the Word of God, and Satan could not overcome Him as long as He held to that position.
- In all ages, temptations appealing to the physical nature of mankind have been the most successful temptations of Satan.
- Our only hope is to bring our appetites and passions under the control of God. Let’s work together to let God control us.