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August 5, 2018

Sermon: My Generation

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 39:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; 2 Timothy 2:1-2

Envoys from Babylon Welcomed

At that time King Merodach-baladan son of Baladan of Babylon sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. Hezekiah welcomed them; he showed them his treasure-house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armoury, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and said to him, ‘What did these men say? From where did they come to you?’ Hezekiah answered, ‘They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon.’ He said, ‘What have they seen in your house?’ Hezekiah answered, ‘They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.’
Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, ‘Hear the word of the Lord of hosts: Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord. Some of your own sons who are born to you shall be taken away; they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’ Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, ‘The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.’ For he thought, ‘There will be peace and security in my days.’

He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’

A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
My Generation
Isaiah 39:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; 2 Timothy 2:1-2

I. Introduction: Dennis the Menace
II. Isaiah’s Biography (740-701 BC)
III. King Hezekiah’s visitors (around 701 BC, Is. 39:1-2, 4)
     A. Envoys from King Merodach-baladan (39:1-2)
         1. He stood up to Assyria
         2. Alliance against Assyria
     B. Hezekiah shows them all his treasure (39:2, 4)
IV. Enter Isaiah (Is. 39:3-7)
     A. All will be taken to Babylon (39:6)
     B. Your sons will serve in Babylon (39:7)
V. Hezekiah’s reaction (Is. 39:8)
     A. This is good (39:8)
     B. It won’t happen to me (39:8)
VI. What’s here for us?
     A. Don’t “show off”/boast (40 times in Paul, 1 Cor. 1:30-31)
     B. “It’s Not About Me,” Max Lucado
     C. Care about future generations (2 Tim. 2:2)
VII. Conclusion: “My Generation,” The Who (1965)

 

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