Sermon (02/03/08): The Glory of God, The Word of God, The Son of God [4]

2008 February 3

Now I am working on the opening illustration. To do this I must identify my direction in the sermon and my goal, and my language to express the point. The illustration should be in the same language and format as the way that the point is expressed.

Here are my four [I know, breaking the 3 point rule!] points:

  1. Jesus is supreme over the Law; he is the highest Law, a living Law.
  2. Jesus is supreme over the Prophets; he is the highest prophet.
  3. Jesus is supreme over the Kingship; he is the King of Kings.
  4. Jesus is supreme over death; he is the resurrection, conquering death.

Jesus is the supreme point; he doesn’t get rid of the former things, he fulfills them! He doesn’t throw out the law the prophets and the kingship; he overshadows them and outshines them by being the highest and the best. And he doesn’t merely despise death and act unafraid, but he took it on himself, and with death upon him, he dragged it down under the ocean and put death to death, so that with the authority to take up his own life again, he could be raised to a world where death could not threaten God’s people.

We become focused on the keeping of rules, instead of loving the man who gives us the rules [and don’t forget that he gives the law to his loved and forgiven people so that they can ENJOY him more].

We sometimes get focused on eternal life, instead of focusing on the fact that our eternal life is WITH JESUS.

We get focused on the forgiveness of sins, instead of on the freedom to be WITH JESUS that COMES FROM the forgiveness of sins.

So now to the opening illustration. It needs to focus on the above structure and language.

Options good or bad:

  1. Addition and subtraction are lower orders to multiplication and division – when we learn the skills of multiplication and division, we don’t get rid of addition and subtraction; in fact, without addition and subraction, we wouldn’t have the foundation to understand multiplication and division. The former things are a foundation, but the later things are the goal. But there are things you learn in early math that just aren’t true, and later math has to throw them out. You can’t subtract a big number from a small number…later we find that you can. You can’t divide by zero. Later they tell you that you can. The former things you learned were limitations, but the later things are liberation from those limits.

Actually – I think I am going to stop with that, and head on to the sermon outline on paper.

Thanks for coming along for the process.

 

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Sermon (02/03/08): The Glory of God, The Word of God, The Son of God [3]

2008 February 3

Again, We have a supremacy issue:

  1. God told Moses to bring forth the Law; Jesus was called to be them Law.
  2. God told Elija to bring forth kings; Jesus was called to be the King.
  3. And where Moses and Elijah had both been fleeing to save their lives Jesus was running toward his death.

Luke 9 adds these things:

“And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem” (9.30-31)

and

“And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!'” (9.35).

Psalm 2

The issue here is Jesus’ messiahship.

Son of God and Chosen One are both terms that mean the same thing to Jesus’ contemporaries – “King / Messiah”. Remember the Story of David’s call…

1 Sam 16.1-2, 8-11, parts of 12-13.
Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” … Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” … Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward.

If you look at Psalm 2, which is about David, you will see all these things: 1) the idea of the chosen King, 2) the Annointed/”Messiah,” 3) the Son of God, 4) enthronement on the holy mount of God.

“Son of God” is a term used by Israel and all surrounding cultures to refer to a divinely chosen and supported king. [In the New Testament, we get the nice surprise of it taking on a REAL deific meaning too]. But in the time of David, “Son of God,” meant “Messiah” meant “Chosen One” meant “King of Israel.”

See 2 Sam 7.4-16, and Ps 89. David’s son was to be king.
You would really have a big clue to the messiah if you could get someone called, “David, God’s Son, the Chosen One” and if you could catch him on God’s holy mountain.

This is what we have in the Transfiguration. Yes, it is a reference to Mt. Horeb of the Exodus, but it is also a reference to the Davidic/Messianic declaration of choice – who would be anointed, and exalted as the true “Son of God”?

Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (from Matthew 17)

“This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”

(from Luke 9)

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Sermon (02/03/08): The Glory of God, The Word of God, The Son of God [2]

2008 February 2

Here is Section 2 – It is in progress, so if you are interested, check back later.

I already have some idea of where I am going. The passages are chosen thematically – and I want to talk about the common themes throughout in order to narrow down the ideas within.

Exodus. (4.21-23); 24: 12-18; (34.34-35) GLORIOUS MOUNTAIN – GIVING OF THE LAW

  • – Israel is God’s Son; serve God’s son or God will strike you [4.22-23]
  • – Moses [24.12]
  • – On Mountain of God with few chosen assistants [24.13]
  • – God’s Gives a Word of Command – The Torah (Law) [24.12]
  • – Cloud on Mountain [24.15]
  • – Six days of Cloud [24.16]
  • – On Seventh Day God Speaks Out of the Cloud [24.16]
  • – Glory of God as Fire [24.17]
  • – (Face shone from presence with the Father) [34.34-35]

Matt 17: 1-9 THE TRANSFIGURATION

  • – On the seventh day [17.1]:
  • – On a Mountain with a few chosen assistants [17.1]
  • – Jesus face shone like the sun [17.2]
  • – Moses is on the Mountain [17.3]
  • – Elijah is on the Mountain [17.3]
  • – Peter wants to build tents [17.4]
  • – A bright cloud on them [17.5]
  • – God’s voice from the Cloud [17.5]
  • – God declares Jesus to be his Beloved Son [17.5]
  • – God Gives a Word of Command – Listen to Him [17.5]
  • – Disciples fall at his feet [17.6]

These items alone carry striking similarities.

Some obvious starting places for my trail to the narrowed points to preach:

  1. Both stories take place on the 7th day. Question: what does the coming of Law have to do with the day of rest?
  2. Glory displays God’s Choice (reinforces the physical memory of the witness).
  3. God’s voice declares God’s Command.
  4. Jesus represents the place of the Law from Ex 24
    1. Where God said, obey the Law… (Ex 24)
    2. …God now says, obey my Son! (Matt 17)
    3. THEREFORE – Jesus is Superior to Moses – and embodies the Law.
  5. Moses has a mountain. Jesus has a mountain. Does Elijah have a mountain?
    1. Yes: on Mt Carmel with the Prophets of Baal [1 Kg 18] – Fire declares God’s man.
      1. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD -he is God! The LORD -he is God!”
    2. Mt Horeb: Elijah was fleeing FROM his death.
      1. (1 Kg 19.15-16) The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.

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Sermon (02/03/08): The Glory of God, The Word of God, The Son of God [1]

2008 February 2

I have been blogging my sermon preperation process for a bit now.

Here is how I begin my process: a look at the lectionary.

I don’t always preach the pre-chosen lectionary, but in this case I found it to be quite worth a sermon. Something I have to remind myself is that I don’t have to focus on each passage with equal time, or even at all. As long as I am focusing on at least ONE of the passages, I am still “preaching the word.”

Exodus. 24: 12-18
Psalm 2
II Peter 1: 16-21
Matt 17: 1-9

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If you want to read them before we go on, click one of the links above.

Section 2 of the Sermon prep can be found here:

[Next: Section 2]

 

The church we are part of:

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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.