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July 15, 2018

Sermon: Don’t Do Something, Just Stand There: Part 2

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 8:1-4

Isaiah’s Son a Sign of the Assyrian

Then the Lord said to me, Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters, ‘Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz’, and have it attested for me by reliable witnesses, the priest Uriah and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah. And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz; for before the child knows how to call ‘My father’ or ‘My mother’, the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away by the king of Assyria.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Don’t Do Something, Just Stand There: Part 2
Isaiah 8:1-4

I. Introduction: Peanuts
II. Series: Isaiah’s Biography (740-701 BC)
III. A review of the politics of the day (735-32 BC)
     A. Three kings in alliance
     B. King Ahaz is terrorized
IV. Enter Isaiah again (Is. 8:1-4)
     A. Presumably done in the view of King Ahaz
     B. Prophesies the birth of “Maher-shalal-hash-baz” (8:1-2)
         1. The spoil speeds, the prey hastens
         2. Another living symbol (8:4)
     C. Makes it happen (8:3)
     D. Reassurance to King Ahaz
V. What happens in Jerusalem?
     A. Assyrian defeat of King Rezin and Pekah (2 Kings 17:5-6)
     B. King Ahaz does not trust God (2 Kings 16:7-8)
VI. What can we learn?
     A. Recognize our dependence on God
     B. Listen to and trust God
     C. God repeats messages
VII. Conclusion: Dr. Ida Scudder (1870-1960)


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