It’s a shame we only think of Jeremiah as “the weeping prophet.” While he did bring a message warning Israel of God’s judgement there was a constant plea to repent and turn back to God. There is hope and encouragement in the book of Jeremiah as well as words of warning for those who continue to reject and refuse.
Isaiah 53 is a well known passage describing the crucifixion. Careful analysis of the text reveals that Isaiah is prophesying the birth, death and resurrection of God’s servant. We know that God has a plan, and his plans are sure, because he reveals what he is going to do ahead of time.
Even if we overlook birth prophecies is chapters 7 and 9 (we will return to those the first week of Advent) Isaiah 11 describes the shoot that will come up from the roots of the stump of Jesse.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
Isaiah is an Old Testament prophet. While he lived and wrote in a specific time period, God knew what his plan was all along. He revealed his plan to humanity over a period of time. Isaiah didn’t have a full picture but it was clear even by his time, 800 – 900 years before Christ, that God would be doing something new.
*I read Isaiah 1:12-17 and said that I would come back to verse 18. We did do that on Sunday evening but take a look at verse 18 and consider how the sermon points apply.
Isaiah served during a time that God was judging Israel. Judgement and salvation are both from God. Much of this sermon compares Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4 illustrating that the Bible has many writers but there is one author.
I wrote a series of posts at The Master’s Table answering the question “Why Preach the Gospel?” Here’s a link if you’d like. This sermon uses 2 Timothy 4:1-5 to illustrate the same three points.
The Book of Proverbs is a collection of wisdom sayings, insights and instructions. While not used in worship the ways the Psalms are many passages are still well known to us. Solomon makes many appeals to his readers to pursue wisdom and righteousness as well as many helpful tips for daily living.
*At some point I mashed the words rebuke and reproof together and got “rebufe.” I didn’t hear until listening to the sermon audio myself Monday afternoon. 2 Timothy 3:16 in the NRSV should read like this: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
David is remembered for a few things he did. He was little more than a child when he defeated the Philistine giant Goliath. He is perhaps remember in another light because of Bathsheba and Uriah, and a series of events beginning with conspiracy and culminating in murder. Let’s not forget that David described as a man after God’s own heart. The Psalms, many written and others collected by David, give us insight in his mind and heart. Passages from Psalms are still often used today in our praise & worship choruses, church bulletins, signs and posters today. Jesus quotes from the Psalms many times in the Gospels. Let’s take a look at Psalm 1 specifically and the entire collection in a general way and see what David has to teach us about worship.
I preached two sermons in September related to the Georgia State Missions Offering. Mission Georgia was the first, on September 2nd, as we began a week of prayer focus on missions and missionaries serving in our state. Near and Far, on September 9th, explains why Jesus told his followers to start where they were located and work outward (cf. the Great Commission statement to Acts 1:8).
Near and Far
Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba hand-picked by David to succeed him. He was the last king to rule over a united kingdom of Israel. He was blessed by God with wisdom, which he asked for, and with peace and prosperity.