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July 23, 2017

Sermon: Hagar and Ishmael: Do Not Fear

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Scripture Lesson

Genesis 21:9-20; Matthew 10:28-31

But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, ‘Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.’ The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, ‘Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named after you. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.

When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, ‘Do not let me look on the death of the child.’ And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, ‘What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.’ Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.

God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow.

Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Hagar and Ishmael: Do Not Fear
Genesis 21:9-20; Matthew 10:28-31

I. Introduction: Calvin and Hobbes
II. Fearlessness in Matthew (Matt. 10:28-31)
     A. Do not fear (10:28, 31)
     B. Why not?
     1. God is sovereign (10:28)
         2. God sees and knows all (10:29)
         3. God cares (10:30)
         4. Disciples are valuable (10:31)
III. Can we illustrate this? (Gen. 21:9-20)
     A. The story
         1. Sarah fears (21:9; Gal. 4:29)
         2. Abraham fears (21:11-12)
         3. Hagar fears (21:16)
         4. God saves (21:19)
     B. What does the story mean?: Do not fear
         1. God is sovereign (21:13)
         2. God sees and knows all (or hears) (21:17)
         3. God cares (21:18)
         4. Hagar and Ishmael are valuable (21:20)
IV. What’s here for us?: Do not fear
     A. God is sovereign over everything, including our circumstances
     B. God sees and knows all, including what is happening to us
     C. God cares about everyone, including us
     D. We are all valuable
V. Conclusion: A pit bull chase in Gatesville, TX


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