SERMONS

 
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After years of waiting for God to fulfill His promise of a son, Abraham and Sarah decided to take things into their own hands. Rather than activate God’s promise, it kick-started a story of pain and resentment. Abraham and Sarah were supposed to wait on God’s plan and His timing. In His time, God sent them Isaac. Generations later, when the time was right, God sent forth His Son, to a waiting world. Jesus, the true Son of Abraham, makes us all part of God’s family and one of the many sons of Abraham. How many sons did Abraham have? More than the stars in the sky. I am one of them, and so are you.
 
Old Testament: Genesis 16: 1 – 16

Sarai and Hagar

1Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children[a] by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife. And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.[b]And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!” But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.

The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” 11 And the angel of the Lord said to her,

“Behold, you are pregnant
    and shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,[c]
    because the Lord has listened to your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man,
    his hand against everyone
    and everyone’s hand against him,
and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”

13 So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,”[d] for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”[e]14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi;[f] it lies between Kadesh and Bered.

15 And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

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Footnotes

 
a. Genesis 16:2Hebrew be built up, which sounds like the Hebrew for children.  
b. Genesis 16:4Hebrew her mistress was dishonorable in her eyes; similarly in verse 5
c.  Genesis 16:11Ishmael means God hears
d.  Genesis 16:13Or You are a God who sees me
e.  Genesis 16:13Hebrew Have I really seen him here who sees me? or Would I have looked here for the one who sees me?
f.  Genesis 16:14Beer-lahai-roi means the well of the Living One who sees me.
 
Sermon:  A son of Abraham
 
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FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT

27 November 2022

Isaiah 2:1–5

Romans 13:(8–10) 11–14

Matthew 21:1–11 

 

The Lord Comes in Meekness and Humility to Save Us Now

 

The Lord Jesus enters Jerusalem “humble, and mounted on a donkey,” riding on “a beast of burden” (Matt. 21:5), as He Himself bears the sins of the world in His body. Now He comes by the ministry of the Gospel to save us from sin, death, the devil and hell. Therefore, we sing, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matt. 21:9). For we are called “to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob,” His Holy Church, “that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths” (Is. 2:3). By His Word, we “walk in the light of the Lord” (Is. 2:5). That is to live in love, which “does no wrong to a neighbor” (Rom. 13:10). We “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light,” for “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11, 12). Hence, the entire Christian life is a time to wake and watch, “for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Matt. 24:42).

 
 
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