Rodney Herra Discusses God's Timing
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 23, 2016 began with an introit by Samantha (9th grader) on the piano. Clifton Brandt had the Personal Ministries Corner, talking about the restrictive situation coming soon for Adventists in Russia. He asked for prayer that this situation may be turned around. Bob Gustafson read the list of prospective church officers for the 2017 school year. The church then voted them into office.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Tis Almost Time for the Lord to Come”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Haniel Garcia (2016 graduate) then called for the offering. Clifton Brandt and Isai (senior) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local conference budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
James (9th grader) then told the children present a story. Chelsea (junior) then read Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Sophia Shaw sang a vocal solo without accompaniment for special music. Rodney Herra discussed the topic “In His Time”. The congregation sang “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder”. Rodney Herra had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook vice-president and farm manager / incoming
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler program / local head deacon
Rodney Herra – outgoing head church elder / men’s work coordinator / heads up the auto body program
Sophia Shaw – visitor
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rodney Herra:
When the time was right, the events we studied took place. When the time is right, the Lord will return.
- Note what “in His time” has to do with the following texts.
- Exodus 14:13-16 “13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. 15 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry [ground] through the midst of the sea.”
- God leads Israel to the Red Sea with the Egyptians right behind. God tells them to go through the Red Sea. They did all in their power – and God did the rest.
- Exodus 14:21-22 “21 ¶ And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go [back] by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry [land], and the waters were divided. 22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry [ground]: and the waters [were] a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.”
- It took faith to walk through the sea with walls of water on either side. God kept the Israelites safe, the Eygptians destroyed.
- Joshua 6:3-5 “3 And ye shall compass the city, all [ye] men of war, [and] go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. 5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long [blast] with the ram’s horn, [and] when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.”
- Joshua 6:10 mentions that total silence prevailed until the command was given to shout. God said to do this.
- When the people did shout, the walls fell flat. Obedience to God took the city.
- Daniel 6:13 “Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which [is] of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.” Daniel was praying, worshipping the only God worth worshipping.
- The governors found no fault with Daniel except for his religion.
- Daniel 6:22 “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.”
- The lions were hungry, and the governors and their families had not God’s protection.
- Joshua 10 says that Joshua asked for the sun to stand still so Joshua could finish the job God asked him to do.
- Numbers 24: “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.”
- A Star would come out of Jacob. Matthew 2:2 “Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Jesus came at just the right time.
- Jesus was always in the right place at the right time every time. His parents had to be obedient for this to happen. God used human instruments to fulfil His purposes
- Matthew 8:25-26 “25 And his disciples came to [him], and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” Jesus calmed the sea when the boat was sinking despite the disciples’ fear of sinking.
- Matthew 28:2 “And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.” The angel rolled away the stone because Jesus was ready to come from the tomb; the tomb could not hold Him. It was time for Jesus to come out.
- Luke 24:51 “And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.”
- “In His time” Jesus went back to heaven.
- Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” What is this future? Eternal life without sin.
- Jesus is coming very soon “in His time”. John 14:1-3 “1 ¶ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.” He promises He’s coming and a special home for each of us.
- Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
- Jesus doesn’t know when He is coming back.
- Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
- Jesus may not be coming because some of us are not really showing others His love and not fulfilling our mission.
- God is looking for an army of young people to finish the work. Are you ready?
- Every member of this campus is here for a special reason, sent here by God.
- How do each of us prepare for His coming? Matthew 24:42-44 “42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
- The signs are fulfilling. Be ready because you might not leave this church alive. Your time might come right now.
- Titus 2:11-13 “11 ¶ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
- We know how to live soberly, righteously, and godly by following Jesus’ example. We each have to spend time with Jesus alone every single day. He will make the needed corrections in our lives.
- James 5:7-8 “7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
- We also have to be patient in waiting for Jesus to come or do what He has promised. God is in control, trying to save every person on this earth if possible.
- 1 John 2:28 “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.”
- We have to live in Jesus all the time, never leaving His side.