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19 August 2012

Sermon: Proper 15B (OT)

19 August AD 2012 (Pentecost 12)

Theme: Our House

Joshua's Valedictory Speech
Summary: Joshua promised to serve the Lord. The assembly of Israel promised to serve the Lord. We promise to serve the Lord. Yet no one has been able to keep such a promise since Adam fell into sin and dragged his progeny down with him.

However, we and our houses can serve the Lord when we trust that Jesus served on our behalf. His perfect obedience, righteousness, and faithfulness is credited to all who believe in Him. We can establish our houses on Him as our Cornerstone when we are built by the Holy Spirit into a holy house, Christ’s Church, through Word and Sacrament.

Because of this close relationship between Wisdom’s house and the household of the believer, today’s sermon incorporates portions of the alternate Old Testament reading. Here God gives voice to Wisdom personified — a personification that is made complete in His only begotten Son.

Text: Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel. And they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac. And to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. And I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. And I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did in the midst of it, and afterward I brought you out....

Joshua 24:15b
“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods, for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed. And the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.” Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Our House, preached to the saints of God at Trinity Lutheran Church, Kearney, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 34:12-22; Proverbs 9:1-10 (alternate Old Testament reading); Ephesians 5:6-21; John 6:51-69

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