The Wolf, The Lamb, and the Little Child [3]

This is the 3rd entry in a series that walks through my sermon preparation for Sunday (2007/12/09). If you want to read them in another order choose one of the following:

Entry [1]

Entry [2]

Entry [4]

Entry [5]


Time to get all the way down to slash and burn.

The things guiding my thoughts now are:

  • The Advent 2 theme is peace
  • Peace is an extremely easy object to find in Isaiah 11
  • The Peace is described rather metaphorically, not literally – so we don’t just sit down and say – the peace of the Lord will have wolves and lambs together – but the peace is more for our own welfare:
  • Basically, there are no conflicts against God’s people and the rest of the passage shows us that the enemies of Israel are being defeated.
  • There is
    • 1) justice and equity through a righteous and faithful judge, and
    • 2) a rod of vengeance for the wicked.
    • This must obviously be a major division of the sermon.
  • Reconciliation inside of God’s people (Judah and Ephraim – 11.13)

I might use lyrics from “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (leave last verse for the end) and then transition to Luke’s “Peace on earth” passage. Questions I want to ask are

  • As Longfellow wondered – WHERE IS THIS PEACE?
  • The Luke passage doesn’t promise worldwide, indiscriminant peace
  • At the end (Longfellow – last verse: IS GOD DEAD?) – the Atheist’s “proof”
    • God hates evil



 OKAY the outline just arrived in a red and silver package from Santa God [Santa means “holy”].

The messiah gives us peace by

  1. Removal of Enemies
  2. Reconciliation Within Our Communities
  3. Giving Justice to the Poor.


See Entry [4]


The church we are part of:

If you are interested in a Bible-believing church that worships in the Anglican way, and you live in the Baltimore / Annapolis area, you might consider Emmaus Anglican Church (Catonsville). Click here for the church website.



Emmaus Anglican Church is a parish of the Anglican Mission in the Americas – a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Rwanda, a Church in full communion in the Global Anglican Communion.


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