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Sermons about Judah
Let's face it - our memories are not quite what we would like them to be. But the one thing that we must never forget is what Jesus went through to save us. Listen to this Good Friday message by pastor Jody Sledge as he walks us through the events of Matthew 26 & 27 and answers the question of why Jesus' death is worth remembering.
God answers Habakkuk's prayers for justice--but justice doesn't look like Habakkuk was anticipating. The Babylonians are being sent to take Israel into captivity. The Babylonians are coming like sharks to feed and Judah is bleeding in the water.
Guest Ed Traverse, pastor at New Life OSU, tells us about two different biblical examples of character and how God uses men and women of good character to break the chains of sin.
We have reached a pivotal moment in the saga of Joseph's mistreatment at the hands of his brothers. Step by step, God unpicks the wrongs inflicted on him, reversing the position to the point where Judah, who had been the instigator of Joseph's exile, offers his own life in the place of his brother, foreshadowing the One who would come later from the line of Judah, who would be the ultimate stand-in, not just for his brother, but for his enemy too.
God's Promises are ours. God's Timing is His.
Judah and King Ahaz are under attack. Sysria and Israel are coming at him from the north exerting power to oust him from power and establish a king who will join them in the fight against the ever encroaching Assyria. Ahaz and the people are terribly afraid. God sent Isaiah with a life saving message: do nothing, Ahaz, I will take care of Syria and Israel. What! Do nothing? What sense does that make? I guess it depends on the God involved. If its the God who created heaven and earth and all things seen and unseen; if its the God who made a covenant with Abraham and renewed it with David; if its the God who brought Israel out of slavery and made them a nation in a land promised years before. If it's that God wouldn't Ahaz listen and do what God said? Hardly. And the outcome is a clif hanger.
For many, the story of Judah and Tamar comes as a surprise because it interrupts the Joseph narrative. In actual fact, the Joseph story is the interlude - Joseph exists becasue Judah must. And the scandal of Tamar's union with Judah, through whom the Christ will come, pales in significance to the ultimate Christmas scandal - that you and I can be united to Christ.
Revelation 5 reminds us that Jesus is worthy of all praise, honor, and worship. Our savior conquered death, hell, and Satan, and is redeeming for himself a people through his death on the cross. With his blood, Jesus bought people from every ethnicity to unite them as one great worshiping community. God is about reconciling to each other, and to himself men, women, and children from every nation, tongue, tribe, and language. Because our savior is worthy, we should be a people for the sake of the lost, a kingdom of priests to represent God to a lost world who so desperately needs to hear about him.