Sunday Through a Preacher’s Eyes

Once again, I spent the weekend preparing for my messages on Sunday. Having spent the last month in full time ministry here I now have a whole new respect for pastor’s who are faithful to preach the Word every single week. I can say from experience (although relatively short), that it is not as easy as it looks.

But Sunday went well. I preached on Judges 3:7-30, the story of Ehud. Most people don’t think of the Bible as containing political satire, but that is exactly what this story is. Ehud, the sleek, cunning, Jewish deliverer makes a fool out of big fat King Eglon. It was so funny in fact, that as I told the story the congregation bursted out in spontaneous laugther. And that is exactly how the author intends his readers to respond. Of course, laughing is not the point, although it serves to drive home a much larger impression, namely, that God is so for His people that He not only defeats the enemy, but he makes a laughing stock out of them. God humiliates his foes. The fullest expression of this kind of humiliation was provided at the cross (Colossians 2:15; 1 Corinthians 15:54-55).

After church, I joined Daniel and Mei for lunch (as I do every single Sunday). Recently we have been feasting on an assortment of lamb dishes, thanks to a generous gift form the Don and Pam Cobin. Don and Pam have a farm just outside Wallaroo, with over 100 sheep. When we visited several weeks ago they sent us away with several bags full of frozen lamb meat. I know those of you who are lamb lovers are hating this right now, but you need to know that eating meat is biblical. See for yourself-Acts 10:13. Yes, it is biblical to eat red meat.

I retreated back to my apartment after lunch to rest and get ready for the evening message. By 2:30 pm I was back at my computuer. Everything went smoothly until I printed out my sermon notes, at which time I discovered that I was out of black ink. This would not have concerned me except for the fact that the last time I changed the ink cartridge it took me about 30 minutes to figure the thing out. However on this particular night, I did not have thirty minutes. Time was of the essence, and I needed my sermon notes immediately. However, I moved quickly and was able to install the new cartridge in less than thirty seconds. Crisis averted.

So I arrived on time and preached Luke 3:1-20. In this passage John the Baptist prepares the way for the Messiah by calling Israel to repentance. So I preached on repentance. Verse 17 is particularly sobering. Christ will come back again, and when he does, he will return as judge. Those who have repented will escape wrath, while those who have not will face judgment. Not the normal picture you see presented of Jesus today, but it is totally accurate. I should also note that we had a large crowd in attendance. So large in fact, that we had to bring in extra chairs.

After the service I went home and relaxed by watching part of the 2007 BCS National Championship game where Florida totally humiliated Ohio State. Now that’s the way to end a Sunday.

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