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December 10, 2017

Sermon: What Leads to Peace?

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 11:1-9; Luke 1:78-79

The Peaceful Kingdom

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
What Leads to Peace?
Isaiah 11:1-9; Luke 1:78-79

I. Introduction: Foxtrot
II. Series: Peace
III. Isaiah’s message (Is. 11:1-9)
     A. The times (736-32 BC)
         1. The Syro-Ephramite War
         2. Judah is reduced to a “stump” (11:1)
         3. Enter God’s “spirit” (11:2, 4 times)
     B. A new governance of discernment (11:1-5)
     C. It will lead to peace (11:6-9)
         1. Old enemies will be reconciled (11:6)
         2. Why? (11:9)
IV. Jesus’ mission summarized (Lk. 1:5-79)
    A. Zechariah’s silence (1:5-66)
    B. Zechariah’s prophecies (1:67)
    C. “Guide our feet into the way of peace” (1:79)
         1. The connection to Isaiah
         2. Jesus will “guide our feet” (1:79)
V. What about us?
     A. We live in a time needing peace
     B. How’s Jesus guiding our feet?
         1. The Spirit of God
         2. The discernment of God
         3. A right relationship with God
     C. If it is repeated . . . (Is. 65:25)
VI. Conclusion: Edward Hicks, “Peaceable Kingdom”

 

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