Anticipation

Biblical Text: Jeremiah 33:14-16

It’s the first Sunday in Advent. The Gospel text is traditionally Palm Sunday – the triumphal entry, which is Jesus the King coming to Jerusalem. This sermon is based off of the Old Testament lesson from Jeremiah. Jeremiah is traditionally the prophet of doom and lamentation. But here he tells of fulfillment. God fulfills his promises. He fulfilled them to the heirs of Jacob. There was a greater fulfillment for Israel, a fulfillment we receive by faith. But behold, the days are coming when they will be fulfilled again. This sermon retells the covenants God has promised to his people.

Covenants Kept

Biblical Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34

The text is Jeremiah’s invoking of a new covenant. The sermon attempts to think about what we are talking about when we say the word covenant. What a covenant is is the Hebrew answer to the question: “How does God interact with man?” There are a bunch of other answer to that question. The sermon starts out cataloging some of them and how they came about. But the Hebrew answer is unique. And the Christian answer is the Hebrew answer.

The trouble that Jeremiah is experiencing is similar I think to what we might be experiencing today. Just how good does the answer of the covenant fit with how we experience God? A big part of the word covenant is simply a way that God binds himself. If the covenants appear to be failing, as they could appear to Jeremiah, in what way is the God who bound himself actually God? Jeremiah’s prophecy is “the new covenant”, not a breaking of the old ones, but their fulfillment. And that fulfillment is in Jesus Christ. Christ has always been the fulfillment, but in the new covenant we have the greater revelation written on our hearts. It is no longer blood on the external posts and lintels, but blood taken in. The fulfillment is no longer an external obedience, but the obedience of the heart through faith.

Prophet Check

Biblical Text: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

The text is Moses’ promise of “a prophet like me”. Prophet is one of those words that feels slightly archaic, but it just isn’t. It is used all the time. What this sermon does is hopefully three things:

  1. Define what a prophet is
  2. Understand what “a prophet like me” means, how that is different from many standard uses, and how Jesus is the only one who really qualifies
  3. And finally equip everyone how to not get suckered by people claiming Moses like prophetic authority.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Exodus 34:29-35:21 and Luke 7:36-50

Exodus 34:29-35:21
Luke 7:36-50
The veil of the old covenant, removed in Christ
The tithe-less tabernacle
Sin, debt and recognition

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 31:1-29 and Matthew 19:16-30

Deuteronomy 31:1-29
Matthew 19:16-30
The Covenant Faithfulness of God
The Endpoint of the Law & the positive force of it
The salvation offered in Jesus Christ

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 7:1-19 and Matthew 10:1-23

Deuteronomy 7:1-19
Matthew 10:1-23
Scandal of Particularity
The Continuing Form of Israel

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 3:1-29 and Matthew 7:1-12

Deuteronomy 3:1-29
Matthew 7:1-12
“Greater Israel” and a covenant of the law
Judgement, personal holiness vs. group identity, theological candy

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Malachi 2:1-3:5 and Matthew 4:1-11

Malachi 2:1-3:5
Matthew 4:1-11
Marriage & Divorce as an image of covenant and faithfulness
The first person you meet

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Kings 9:1-9, 10:1-13 and 2 Corinthians 5:1-21

1 Kings 9:1-9, 10:1-13
2 Corinthians 5:1-21
Queen of Sheba and the ingathering of the gentiles, broken covenants, reconciliation

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 20:24-42 and 1 Corinthians 1:1-25

1 Samuel 20:24-42
1 Corinthians 1:1-25
A Time of Choosing: God’s anointed/The Family of the Covenant vs. The Physical Family and Throne
Divisions, wisdom and the wisdom of the Cross