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:
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)
- 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
- Removal of Enemies
- Reconciliation Within Our Communities
- Giving Justice to the Poor.
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