1. For as you pick up the Holy Bible, God’s Word to you and for you in Christ, the words of the prophet Isaiah echo in your ears, "The Word of the Lord Endures Forever."
  2. The king will live, but the king will die.
  3. The laments of the Hebrews called upon the LORD God to remember His people who are suffering, be faithful and deliver them.
  4. God did what we could never do. He made a promise that endures forever and is eternally significant.
  5. The LORD sends His Son who targets those who are trampled and downtrodden. He comes for all, but He specifically includes the less fortunate.
  6. Chariots of fire and severe famine.
  7. The LORD God declares He Himself will shepherd His sheep. He will seek them out. He will rescue them. He will save. He will gather them in. In other words, the Good Shepherd will take care of His own sheep.
  8. Naaman is a believer, and an ax head floats.
  9. These words direct the people of God how to live in their identity as God’s children. We would say, this is the reality of our baptismal identity!
  10. All of this is interesting and useful in preparing a sermon, however, there are no explicit words of Gospel in this text. How does one preach without shoe-horning the Gospel into the message, perhaps in an inappropriate or confusing manner?
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