Sermon for Sunday, April 7, 2024

The Boughs of the Cedar and The Olive Branch

(The Ways of the World and The Way of God)

Isaiah 10:33 to Isaiah 11:10

Isaiah 10:33–11:12 (NKJV): 33Behold, the Lord,

    The LORD of hosts,

    Will lop off the bough with terror;

    Those of high stature will be hewn down,

    And the haughty will be humbled.

    34He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron,

    And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.

    11There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,

    And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

    2The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,

    The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

    The Spirit of counsel and might,

    The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

    3His delight is in the fear of the LORD,

    And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,

    Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;

    4But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,

    And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

    He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,

    And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

    5Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,

    And faithfulness the belt of His waist.

    6“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,

    The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,

    The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;

    And a little child shall lead them.

    7The cow and the bear shall graze;

    Their young ones shall lie down together;

    And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

    8The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,

    And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.

    9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,

    For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD

    As the waters cover the sea.

    10“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,

    Who shall stand as a banner to the people;

    For the Gentiles shall seek Him,

    And His resting place shall be glorious.”

    11It shall come to pass in that day

    That the LORD shall set His hand again the second time

    To recover the remnant of His people who are left,

    From Assyria and Egypt,

    From Pathros and Cush,

    From Elam and Shinar,

    From Hamath and the islands of the sea.

    12He will set up a banner for the nations,

    And will assemble the outcasts of Israel,

    And gather together the dispersed of Judah

    From the four corners of the earth.

Isaiah 61:1–8 (NKJV): 61“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,

    Because the LORD has anointed Me

    To preach good tidings to the poor;

    He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

    To proclaim liberty to the captives,

    And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

    2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,

    And the day of vengeance of our God;

    To comfort all who mourn,

    3To console those who mourn in Zion,

    To give them beauty for ashes,

    The oil of joy for mourning,

    The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

    That they may be called trees of righteousness,

    The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

    4And they shall rebuild the old ruins,

    They shall raise up the former desolations,

    And they shall repair the ruined cities,

    The desolations of many generations.

    5Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,

    And the sons of the foreigner

    Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.

    6But you shall be named the priests of the LORD,

    They shall call you the servants of our God.

    You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,

    And in their glory you shall boast.

    7Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,

    And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.

    Therefore in their land they shall possess double;

    Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

    8“For I, the LORD, love justice;

    I hate robbery for burnt offering;

    I will direct their work in truth,

    And will make with them an everlasting covenant.

Mark 1:9–13 (NLT): 9 One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”

12 The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, 13 where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.

Acts 2:1–13 (NLT): On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

5 At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. 6 When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.

7 They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, 8 and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! 9 Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, 10 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” 12 They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.

13 But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”

Galatians 5:16–26 (NRSV): 16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

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