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July 8, 2018

Sermon: Don’t Do Something, Just Stand There: Part 1

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 7:3-9; Mark 4:26-29

Then the Lord said to Isaiah, Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Fuller’s Field, and say to him, Take heed, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smouldering stumps of firebrands, because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and the son of Remaliah. Because Aram—with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah—has plotted evil against you, saying, Let us go up against Judah and cut off Jerusalem and conquer it for ourselves and make the son of Tabeel king in it; therefore thus says the Lord God:
It shall not stand,
and it shall not come to pass.
For the head of Aram is Damascus,
and the head of Damascus is Rezin.

(Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be shattered, no longer a people.)
The head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
If you do not stand firm in faith,
you shall not stand at all.

The Parable of the Growing Seed
He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Don’t Do Something, Just Stand There: Part 1
Isaiah 7:3-9; Mark 4:26-29

I. Introduction: Peanuts
II. Series: Isaiah’s Biography (740-701 BC)
III. The politics of the day (735-32 BC)
     A. Three kings in alliance (Is. 7:4-6, 8-9)
     B. King Ahaz is terrorized
IV. Enter Isaiah and his son (Is. 7:3-9)
     A. “Do not fear” (7:4)
     B. “It shall not stand and . . . come to pass” (7:7)
     C. Isaiah seals the message: “Shear-jashub” (7:3)
         1. A living symbol
         2. Isaiah lived his message
     D. God on a national level, not just individual
V. How can Isaiah say this?: God is at work (Mk. 4:26-29)
     A. The “kingdom of God” is like planted “seed” (4:26)
     B. “The seed would sprout and grow” (4:27)
     C. The farmer “does not know how” (4:27)
VI. What about us?
     A. God is at work so have faith
     B. Spend time with God daily
         1. To discern
         2. To take action at the right time (4:29)
VII. Conclusion: What happens? (Is. 7:9)
         Does Ahaz have faith? What does God do?


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