My Sermon on the Transfiguration: “Jesus is the Pinnacle of the Mountain”

2008 February 21

I feel vulnerable putting this out there, but I have friends and family that want to listen. I know that the DIGG is self-promotional, but I want to see if anyone listens and likes/dislikes it. So, that’s that.

I am aware of a small mistake – I referred to the word David in Hebrew as being the word for beloved. A more learned Hebrew scholar than I pointed out to me that the normal word for beloved is a related root, but the word David is not the word for beloved. However – David does imply the meaning “loved one.”

Okay – there is no actual video here – only a pic and audio – and it is divided into three parts (lasting a total of 27 minutes).

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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The church we are part of:

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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. The logo below takes you to the AMiA website.

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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.

——————[Click any one of the passages to see in ESV at BibleGateway]

or—————[Click here to see all at once]

 

Click here for the Next Section:

[Section 3]

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The church we are part of:

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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.

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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.


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

——————[Click any one of the passages to see in ESV at BibleGateway]

or—————[Click here to see all at once]

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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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.

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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.


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

2007 December 9

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]

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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

 

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 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]

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The church we are part of:
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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.

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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.


The Wolf, The Lamb, and the Little Child [2]

2007 December 9

This is the 2nd 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 [3]

Entry [4]

Entry [5]

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I want to begin by reviewing ideas throughout the text of Isaiah 11. Click here to see the text in a new window from BibleGateway: Isaiah 11.

I have been working on and staring at Isaiah 11, Isaiah 61, Romans 15 and Psalm 1 and 2.

Isaiah 11 and 61 are connected at the “Spirit of the Lord God is upon me…”

2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth,
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked
….(11.2,4)

1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound
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2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn…

In BOTH passages, Zion is the place for the culmination of this “anointed” [messiah] to begin his reign where there will be no more conflict. (11.6-9; 61.1-4)

9 They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.
(Isa 11.9 – ESV)

2 …to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
…to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes…
(Isa 61.2-3 – ESV)

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SO WHAT?

Let me give a quick review of some mere thoughts on Isaiah 11 (and its counterpart) – especially because of their similarities. After that I will want to run through some versified comments.

Some Mere Thoughts

  • The story is about Israel, defeated and oppressed by all its neighbors – Assyria, Moab, Philistia, Edom, not only that, it has been under its own evil kings for long enough … the tree of Israel is been cut down to a stump.
  • In this story, though, not all hope is lost. The tree will begin to grow again – with righteousness, faithfulness, pity for the poor and merciless wrath for the sinful oppressor.

—–ACTUALLY——

I have had too many interruptions today to keep going the way I intended to go. So NOW I will just have to write on straight into the downsizing process. I wanted to make my study as large as possible, and then break off unecessary parts a bit at a time. But I need to just start cutting off everything but what I think is the point I will get to within the sermon.

[See Section 3]

 

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The church we are part of:
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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.

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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.


Isaiah 11

2007 December 8

This is the reading (just vv.1-10) for this weeks OT section of the Lectionary (year A, Advent 2).

In process of sermon preparation, I am putting this up to underline segments significant for me.

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Isaiah 11 (ESV) – Taken from BibleGateway.

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1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.

2 And 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 the fear of the LORD.

3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,

4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.

7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.

9 They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.

10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

11 In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.

12 He will raise a signal for the nations
and will assemble the banished of Israel,
and gather the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.

13 The jealousy of Ephraim shall depart,
and those who harass Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah,
and Judah shall not harass Ephraim.

14 But they shall swoop down on the shoulder of the Philistines in the west,
and together they shall plunder the people of the east.
They shall put out their hand against Edom and Moab,
and the Ammonites shall obey them.

15 And the LORD will utterly destroy
the tongue of the Sea of Egypt,
and will wave his hand over the River
with his scorching breath,
and strike it into seven channels,
and he will lead people across in sandals.

16 And there will be a highway from Assyria
for the remnant that remains of his people,
as there was for Israel
when they came up from the land of Egypt.


The Wolf, The Lamb, and the Little Child [1]

2007 December 8

This is the 1st 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 [3]

Entry [4]

Entry [5]

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If anyone was reading recently, I was preparing a sermon for the 25th of November. I think my process and outline were going fairly well, but Saturday midday, my wife began to miscarry our child of a 12-week pregnancy. So I didn’t preach.

But I am set to preach soon – Advent 2.

Advent 2 is Peace.

 

I have actually decided to preach the BCP lectionary this time (This is Year A, and we are at the 2nd week of the Liturgical year – 2nd Advent as I said).

Here is the lectionary as the BCP sets it, slightly altered by either my rector or by myself:

Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 (edited by Fr. Steve)

Romans 15: 4-13

Matthew 3:1-12

 

My following entries will move through my thought process in working on the sermon, and will include bits of the reading at a time.

To move to a specific entry click on the listing: (if any link doesn’t work, then I haven’t written it yet).

Entry [2]

Entry [3]

Entry [4]

Entry [5]