Sermon for June 27, 2021

Misery loves company but company hates being miserable!

Matthew 10:34-39 and Micah 7:1-7

Matthew 10:34–39 (NIV): 34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

         “ ‘a man against his father,  a daughter against her mother,

         a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—

         36a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

For context:  Micah 7:1–7 (NIV): 7 What misery is mine!

         I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard;
there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave. 2 The faithful have been swept from the land; not one upright person remains. Everyone lies in wait to shed blood; they hunt each other with nets. 3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire— they all conspire together. 4 The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge. The day God visits you has come, the day your watchmen sound the alarm. Now is the time of your confusion. 5 Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with the woman who lies in your embrace guard the words of your lips.  6 For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—  a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.  7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

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