Sermons

The Church At Smyrna

 

Proposition: What did Jesus say to the church at Smyrna?

Text:  Revelation 2:8-11

Introduction

The church at Smyrna was a good church.  A man named Polycarp was a bishop there.  He was burned at the stake in Smyrna.  He was 86 years old when he was killed.  His martyrdom happened about 160 A.D.

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Vacant High-rise

Vacant High-rise

Proposition: Why were Edom’s Cliffs desolate?
Text: Jeremiah 49:16-18
Introduction
Edom was the nation descended from Esau. Esau means hairy. Esau was a hairy man. Edom means red. Esau got the name Edom when he sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of red lentil soup. When Jacob tricked his father into giving him the blessing instead of Esau, Esau begged his father to bless him also. There was no blessing for Esau, but his father told him what would happen in the future.

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Why Are The Sinful Blessed

Why Are The Sinfull Blessed

Text:  Jeremiah 44:15-19

  

Proposition:  Why are people blessed in Sin?

  

Introduction

Many people are like the Jews that went to Egypt.  They know what God says about their sin, but they are blessed so they see no reason to repent of their sin.  One old man said to me, “I don’t go to church, but the good Lord blesses me anyway.”  God has blessed him.  He is a wealthy man.  Many think that if they are blessed they must be doing what is right.  If we are blessed it is God who is blessing us, but it doesn’t mean God is pleased with us.  Some who seem to be cursed and have trouble are the ones that God is pleased with.  Jeremiah had enemies who wanted to kill him.  Paul suffered in his life.  Jesus suffered while he was here on this earth.  His parents were poor.  He didn’t even have a place to lay his head, but God was pleased with him. 

If things are going well and I have wealth and plenty to eat, God has blessed me, but he may not be pleased with me.  He may be planning calamity for me. 

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The Plunderer Plundered

The Plunderer Plundered

Text: Jeremiah 50:10
Proposition: Why was the plunderer plundered?
Introduction
Babylon was a powerful city that was well fortified. (Halley’s, Daniel)
    • The wall around the city was 60 miles
    • 300 feet high
    • 80 feet thick
    • 35 ft extending below ground
    • ¼ mile clear space between the city and the wall
    • 250 towers on the wall100 gates of brass
The Chaldeans had observed Cyrus of the Medes and the Persians conquering nation after nation. They knew their turn would come. They had been preparing for a long siege. They had crops and goods stored up for years. Their armies had lost to Cyrus and they retreated into their city. Mocking Cyrus, they thought he would never get into their city. 
In Daniel Chapter 5 we have the story of the handwriting on the wall. Belshazzar was having a feast and a drinking party the night the Medes and the Persians entered Babylon. The rest of the city was doing the same as Belshazzar and those with him. While the Chaldeans were partying, Cyrus stationed parted of his army where the Euphrates river entered the city and part of his army where the river exited the city. He left them with instructions to enter the city as soon as the river became fordable. Cyrus then withdrew with the unwarlike portion of his army. He had them divert the Euphrates River into a marsh. The level of the river dropped until it was mid-thigh to a man. The soldiers walked into the city from each end of the river bed and took the city by surprise. The Persians took the city with very little resistance. The people were too drunk to notice they were being invaded. 
Jeremiah 51:55-57
Babylon had made other nations drunk with the wrath of God, Jeremiah 51:7, now it was her turn to receive from the cup of God’s wrath.

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Big Noise Neco

Big Noise Neco

Text: Jeremiah 46:14-17
Proposition: How was Pharaoh Neco a big noise?
Introduction
Nebuchadnezzar defeated Pharaoh Necho in the battle of Carchemish. We read about Neco in II Kings 23:29 and 30 and II Chronicles 35:20-24. He was on his way to help Assyria fight against Babylon. Nineveh had fallen to Babylon. Assyria moved its capitol to Harran. When Harran was captured the Assyrian capitol was moved to Carchemish. Carchemish fell to Babylon also. When Josiah was king Neco was on his way to fight against Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar was now king of Assyria. Neco didn’t want Nebuchadnezzar to expand his domain anymore and wanted to stop him. Neco was in a hurry to fight against Nebuchadnezzar. He was hurrying to his defeat. Josiah didn’t want Neco and his army in his territory so he fought against him. Neco tried to convince Josiah not to fight with him. He told Josiah that he had not come to fight against him. He was on a mission from God to fight against Babylon.  Josiah didn’t believe that God had spoken to Neco and he went into battle against Neco and was wounded by Neco’s archers. He was taken back to Jerusalem and he died.
Josiah’s son, Jehoahaz, was made king by the people. He reigned three months. Neco took Jehoahaz off the throne and made Jehoiakim, Jehoahaz’s brother, king. Pharaoh continued on with his campaign. He was defeated by Nebuchadnezzar at Carchemish. After this Pharaoh didn’t come out of the land of Egypt, II Kings 24:7 This is what the first chapter of Jeremiah 46 is about. In verse 13 the battle scene moves into the land of Egypt. Nebuchadnezzar is not going to stop at the border of Egypt he is going to go into Egypt itself. This is when everyone realizes that Pharaoh Neco is just a big noise. There is nothing he can do to stop Babylon. Even his country is going to be destroyed by Babylon.

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The Ruler from Bethlehem

‘The Ruler from Bethlehem (House of Bread)

Text: Micah 5:2-6
Proposition: Why do we need a Ruler from Bethlehem?
Introduction
Micah prophecies of the coming destruction of Israel and Judah. They were corrupt and immoral and idolatrous. Assyria was going to take Israel into captivity and Babylon would take Judah into captivity. Samaria and Jerusalem would be destroyed. Micah mourns for his people, but he also has great hope for his people because a ruler is going to be born in Bethlehem. 
Bethlehem was just a little village. After the return from Babylon there were only 188 (Nehemiah 7:26) men in the village, that is why it says, too little to be numbered among the thousands of Judah. It didn’t have very many people before the captivity and it didn’t have very many after the captivity.
Two great men were from this town. David lived there, I Samuel 17:12. His family had been there for several generations. David’s great grandparents lived there, Boaz and Ruth. This is why Joseph and Mary return to Bethlehem during the census, Luke 2:4. The greatest man from the city is Jesus.

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The Sword Of The Lord

The Sword Of The Lord

Introduction
Text: Jeremiah 47:1-7 (6-7)
Proposition: Why is the sword of the Lord not quiet?
The book of Jeremiah isn’t in chronological order. Chapter 47 chronologically comes as the beginning of the book. This was before Nebuchadnezzar invaded the land of Palestine the first time. After Egypt and Assyria were defeated in the battle of Carchemish, Nebuchadnezzar moved south into Palestine. Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Tyre for 13 years and finally destroyed mainland Tyre. The Philistines were Tyre and Sidons allies, but they couldn’t help them because Nebuchadnezzar fought against Philistia also. The sword of the Lord wielded by Nebuchadnezzar was not going to be quiet. The time for mercy was over. Jeremiah is pleading with the sword of the Lord to return to its sheath. Jeremiah even had compassion on Israel’s worst enemies, but the sword would not be quiet it had been given an order to destroy. When God’s is at war nothing can stop it.

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The Blood Of Jesus

The Blood Of Jesus

Text: I John 1:6-10
Proposition: Why do we need the blood of Jesus?
Introduction
In Leviticus 17:11, says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.” In the Old Testament blood had to be shed to make atonement for their souls. Hebrews 10:3 and 4 says, “But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” The life of an animal had to be taken to make atonement for sin. It was only a reminder of sin. It made them conscious of their sin. Jesus has given his life for our sin. It is because of our sin that Jesus had to be taken. There is no other way for us to be forgiven. Jesus blood is the only way we can be forgiven of our sin.

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Disturbed Lees

Disturbed Lees

Text: Jeremiah 48:11-12
Proposition: What happens to undisturbed Lees?
Introduction
Moab was compared to wine that was undisturbed on its lees. When wine is made the grapes are crushed and then fermented. When fermentation is complete the skins and stems are separated from the wine. At this point the wine is cloudy. The wine is allowed to sit and the sediments in the wine settle to the bottom of the vessel and sediments in the wine are called lees. After these have settled and the wine is clear it is poured into another vessel and is either allowed to age longer or is drunk. In Moab’s case he had not been racked, poured from one vessel to another. His lees were settled. He was allowed to age on his lees.
Moab was at ease from his youth. If you remember Moab was Lot’s son by his oldest daughter. God had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah by raining fire and brimstone on the cities. God sent two angels to rescue Lot and his family. Lots wife turned and looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. His daughters escaped with him to a cave. Lot’s daughters didn’t think they would be able to find a husband. I think they thought they and their father were the only ones left on the earth. They got their father drunk with wine and lay with their father and they each had a son by their father, Moab and Ammon. Moab and Ammon became the fathers of the nations of Moab and Ammon. These two nations knew of the true God, but they departed from God and served other Gods.
God still cared for Ammon and Moab. God would not let Israel take any of their land when they came into the land of Canaan. They passed through their land, but they couldn’t take it. Even when the Moabite women enticed the men of Israel to serve other gods, God didn’t give the land of the Moabites to them, Numbers 25:1-3. They did this through the counsel of Balaam, Numbers 31:16. They were allied with the Midianites in this. They were hoping God would curse his people because they were immoral and idolatrous. God did curse his people because of they joined these women in immorality and idolatry. When God commanded Israel to take vengeance they only took vengeance on Midian, not Moab. They destroyed the Midianite cities, but not the Moabite cities. Moab was left undisturbed. When David was king, Moab was defeated by David. They became his servants, but their land was not taken, II Samuel 8:2. 

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Pleasing the Father

Pleasing the Father

Text: John 8:29
Proposition: How can we please the Father?
Introduction
Children have a desire to please their father. They don’t always do the things that please their father because they also have a desire to please themselves. Jesus put aside his own desires. His desire was to please his father and not himself. He is our example of how we can please the Father. Jesus Father was pleased with Him. After Jesus baptism God said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

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Backslidden Sister

Backslidden Sister

Text: Jeremiah 49:1-6
Proposition: Why was Ammon a backslidden sister?
Introduction
Ammon was the son of Lot by his youngest daughter. Lot and his two daughters escaped to a cave after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Their mother turned to a pillar of salt when she looked back. They didn’t think they would be able to find a husband. Their husbands or fiancés perished in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot tried to warn them, but they thought he was joking. Lots daughters believed that Sodom and Gomorrah would be destroyed and fled with their father. Lots daughters came up with a plan so that their father’s seed would not die out. They got their father drunk with wine. The oldest slept with him the first night. The youngest slept with him the next night. They both became pregnant by their father. The oldest gave birth to Moab. He became the father of the nation of Moab. The younger daughter gave birth to Ben-Ammi. He became the father of the nation of Ammon.

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