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03 February 2013

Sermon: Epiphany 4C (OT)

Sunday 3 February AD 2013

Title: Doom, Death, Destruction ... and Hope (MP3 Audio)

Luther Preaching
Summary: If left to our their own preparations, people would never be ready to go forth with God’s Word. But just as age was no barrier for Jeremiah’s bold and faithful prophesying, so nothing can prevent us from speaking and living according to that Word.

Echoing and amplifying Jeremiah, Jesus was also knit together in His mother’s womb under the Father’s guidance and direction. God protected Him until his days were accomplished. Even more boldly and directly than His prophet, Jesus forthtold the Father’s will and confirmed it by His sinless life and His miracles.

Today, God still sends pastors, teachers, missionaries, and others into the Church and into the world at large. Many times they find their message challenged and rejected, even as did both Jeremiah and Jesus. Yet they speak harsh words not out of a mean spirit but to prepare the way for the sweet hope of salvation through Christ’s forgiveness. Those who hear and believe this word will not know the Lord’s rejection and eternal banishment.

Text: Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”

Chagall: Jeremiah Receiving the Gift of Prophecy
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”

Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.” Jeremiah 1:4-10, 17-19

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 Doom, Death, Destruction ... and Hope, preached in the late service to the saints of God at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marshall, 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 71:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13; Luke 4:31-44

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