Sermon for August 21, 2022

Holy Hope

Romans 15:1-13

Romans 15:1–13 (NIV): We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. 8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed 9 and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:

         “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;

         I will sing the praises of your name.”

10 Again, it says,

         “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.”

11 And again,

         “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;

         let all the peoples extol him.”

12 And again, Isaiah says,

         “The Root of Jesse will spring up,

         one who will arise to rule over the nations;

         in him the Gentiles will hope.”

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I want us to pause and put into context where Paul is coming from.  Paul is dealing with some things…

Psalm 69:7–18 (NIV): 7 For I endure scorn for your sake,

         and shame covers my face.

      8 I am a foreigner to my own family,

         a stranger to my own mother’s children;

      9 for zeal for your house consumes me,

         and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

      10 When I weep and fast,

         I must endure scorn;

      11 when I put on sackcloth,

         people make sport of me.

      12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,

         and I am the song of the drunkards.

      13 But I pray to you, LORD,

         in the time of your favor;

         in your great love, O God,

         answer me with your sure salvation.

      14 Rescue me from the mire,

         do not let me sink;

         deliver me from those who hate me,

         from the deep waters.

      15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me

         or the depths swallow me up

         or the pit close its mouth over me.

      16 Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love;

         in your great mercy turn to me.

      17 Do not hide your face from your servant;

         answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.

      18 Come near and rescue me;

         deliver me because of my foes.

Paul also makes clear the idea, “Yes, even the Gentiles (Pagans)!”

Isaiah 66:8–10 (NIV): 8 Who has ever heard of such things?

         Who has ever seen things like this?

         Can a country be born in a day

         or a nation be brought forth in a moment?

         Yet no sooner is Zion in labor

         than she gives birth to her children.

      9 Do I bring to the moment of birth

         and not give delivery?” says the LORD.

         “Do I close up the womb

         when I bring to delivery?” says your God.

      10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her,

         all you who love her;

         rejoice greatly with her,

         all you who mourn over her.

AND…

Isaiah 11:10–16 (NIV): 10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. 11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.

      12 He will raise a banner for the nations

         and gather the exiles of Israel;

         he will assemble the scattered people of Judah

         from the four quarters of the earth.

      13 Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish,

         and Judah’s enemies will be destroyed;

         Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,

         nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.

      14 They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia to the west;

         together they will plunder the people to the east.

         They will subdue Edom and Moab,

         and the Ammonites will be subject to them.

      15 The LORD will dry up

         the gulf of the Egyptian sea;

         with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand

         over the Euphrates River.

         He will break it up into seven streams

         so that anyone can cross over in sandals.

      16 There will be a highway for the remnant of his people

         that is left from Assyria,

         as there was for Israel

         when they came up from Egypt.

H-Holy Spirit brings unity!

O-Ought to help all who are being oppressed (justice)!

P-Patience to realize that all people (even you) miss the mark!

E-Everyone is supposed to be saved!  Broaden your field of possibility for the sake of Jesus!

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