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16 November 2014

Sermon: Proper 28A (OT)

16 November AD 2014
Pentecost 23

Theme: The Lord’s Sacrifice

Sacrificial Goat Summary: The Lord’s anger over Judah’s unremitting, unrepented sins led Him to reject their sacrifices, even though He had established them for the forgiveness of His people. Their crass rejection of Him turned Him from accepting their sacrifices to preparing them as a sacrifice.

We, along with all of sinful mankind, would deserve no better. Yet those who still trusted in God’s promised Messiah during the time of Zephaniah, along with believers before and since, find forgiveness in Him who took mankind’s place as the Lord’s sacrifice. Instead of being slain for our sins, we find refuge in the One sacrificial Lamb whom God offered up for us.

Christ Sacrificed Text: Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests.

And on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice — “I will punish the officials and the king’s sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire. On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold, and those who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud.

“On that day,” declares the Lord, “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills. Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar! For all the traders are no more; all who weigh out silver are cut off.

“At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill.’ Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.”

The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements. Zephaniah 1:7-16

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 The Lord’s Sacrifice.

Other Readings: Psalm 90:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

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