Announcements & Meditation
– Call to Worship –
Minister: The Lord is risen!
Congregation: He is risen, indeed!
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!
Crown Him with Many Crowns, p. 293
– Confession –
I Waited for the Lord, p. 74
CONFESSION OF SIN
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
+ ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Minister: Your sins are forgiven through Christ.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!
Minister: Christian, what do you believe?
Congregation: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the virgin, Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hades. On the third day He rose again from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Minister: Save me, O God;
Congregation: For the waters have come in unto my soul.
Minister: For the zeal of Your house has eaten me up;
Congregation: And the reproaches of them that reproached You have fallen upon me.
Minister: And I looked for some to take pity, but there was none;
Congregation: And for comforters, but I found none.
Minister: They gave me also gall for my meat;
Congregation: And in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Minister: Pour out thine indignation upon them,
Congregation: Let their habitation be desolate.
Minister: For God will save Zion,
Congregation: The seed also of His servants shall inherit it.
Behold the Glories of the Lamb, pp. 296-297
– Consecration –
+ SCRIPTURE READING
Genesis 6:9-18; Luke 3:15-22
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!
Randsom Wayne Little, Emersyn Claire Little, Felicie Jane Myers (CC 1st)
Congregational charge: Little child, for you Jesus Christ came to this earth, struggled and suffered; for your sake He crossed Gethsemane and went through the darkness of Calvary; for your sake He cried: ‘It is finished’; for your sake He died and for your sake He overcame death; indeed for your sake, little child, and you—still—know nothing of it. And thus the word of the apostle is confirmed: ‘We love God, for He loved us first.’
Blest is the Man Whose Trespass Is Forgiven, pp. 56-57
Opening: Romans 8:38-39
Thanksgiving: 2 Samuel 22:50
Petitions: Deuteronomy 9:26
Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands, p. 269
CC: Psalm 16: The Unforsaken Son of David (Dr. Timothy Edwards)Sermon
Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16 KJV).
1. For David Says concerning Him…
2. Davidic Covenant
2 Samuel 7
2 Samuel 23
3. Speaking of Christ in OT Terms
CCD: Within the Ranges (Ben Zornes)Sermon
The Apostle Paul commanded the Corinthians to: “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong (1 Cor. 16:13).” The greek word there is a wonderful one: andrizomai. It means, “be a man.” God commands the bride of Christ to “man up.” We are to be watchful, vigilant, courageous, and strong. This is one way of saying the Christian life isn’t for pansies or pushovers.
2 Kings 11 –– And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal. But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons which were slain; and they hid him, [even] him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain. And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land. [ . . . ]
Summary of the Text
King Jehoram of Judah killed all his brothers (2 Chron. 21:4); he was married to Athaliah, daughter of Ahab & Jezebel (2 Ki. 8:18); all of Jehoram’s sonswere killed in a raid by the Arabians, except Ahaziah, the youngest (2 Chron. 22:1). Elijah had prophesied of the downfall of Ahab’s kingdom and line (1 Ki. 21:21-29). Several years later, Elisha anointed Jehu king of Israel, then tasked him with wiping out Ahab’s line, in accordance with Elijah’s prophecy. When Jehu hunted down King Joram––Ahab’s son, and current king of Israel––Ahaziah happened to be chumming around with Joram (his brother-in-law); so Jehu assassinated both of them (2 Ki. 9:23-27).
Athaliah’s reign is introduced in such a way as to make the reader feel like everything is all out of whack. It doesn’t follow the expected pattern for the introduction of a new ruler for Israel or Judah. After her son’s death, the annihilation of her father’s dynasty, and the execution of her extended family she asserts herself as ruler of Judah, likely an attempt to preserve her father’s legacy. Her power grab begins by destroying all the royal seed(11:1). David’s line was in grave danger and would have been destroyed had not Jehosheba––the wife of Jehoiada the high priest––stolen the youngest son of Ahaziah, Joash, and raised him in the temple for six years (11:2-3).
When Joash was seven, Jehoiada hatches a plan to restore the rightful king to David’s throne. He conscripts a band of trustworthy leaders, swears them to secrecy, and then shows them the king’s son (11:4). His plan to protect young King Joash while overthrowing the usurping Athaliah involved forming a barricade of bodyguards to surround the temple on a Sabbath day (11:5-8). This scheme was put into action; David’s weaponry was brought out of the treasury; Jehoiada crowned Joash, gave him a copy of the covenant, anointed him, and they all made a noticeable ruckus (11:9-12). Athaliah hears the cries of “God save the king,” rushes to the scene (unfortunately for her, without any bodyguards), sees her grandson, rends her clothes, and cries, “Treason (11:13-14)!” Jehoiada commanded she be executed (outside the temple), along with any that tried to defend her, and his orders were followed (11:15-16). Then a covenant renewal ceremony takes place between the Lord, the king, and the people, followed by a purge of all the Baal paraphernalia (11:17-18). Joash is then seated on David’s throne, and the people rejoice (11:19-20). The narrative then returns to the expected way of introducing a new ruler (11:21).
The Lord Has Sworn
Psalm 132:11 promises, “The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.” So, when you read through this soap opera, you might think, “Boy, I hope God has an insurance policy on this promise of His!” Athaliah went about to destroy the seedwhich God had promised would forever sit upon the throne of David. Further, this threatened the even more ancient promise to Eve. Here was a little baby, about to be slaughtered, upon whom hung Israel’s only hope for the promised Messiah.
Oftentimes, God’s promises feel like they are hanging by a thread. He has promised to forgive our sins and cleanse our conscience; but we still feel the grime of guilt and shame. He has promised to lead us in triumph over our sins; but we stumble again to that same temptation. He has promised to give us a Spirit of power, but we remain timid and fearful. He has promised to deliver us from our enemies, but anxiety, lust, arrogance, and laziness hound us at every turn.
God promised David that his seed would sit on the throne forever, so when Athaliah comes to power that promise seems like a long shot. It’s precisely at the moment when faith seems most improbable and inadequate that God delights to introduce a new character to the story. Out of nowhere comes the woman, Jehosheba. If Bunyan had been tasked with naming the characters of this story, he couldn’t have done any better; Jehosheba means, “The Lord has sworn.” Faith does not concern itself with circumstances, it concerns itself with the Lord of the covenant.
What is Your Range?
Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). Christ’s Spirit dwells within you (Rom. 8:11). But sin wants to claim the throne that belongs to Christ, and it wants to kill the rightful king. This can take place in you as an individual, but it also happens with communities. Husbands, parents, business owners, pastors, and presidents are to be like a barricade around that which they are called to preserve, while staunchly opposing the entrance of evil. If there’s sin in your marriage, family, business, or country you mustapprehend it, take it “without the ranges,” and slit its throat. You must not allow sin “within the ranges.” The rebel Queen must be dethroned, the rightful king must be enthroned.
Be Like David’s Son
King David chased down lions, bears, and Goliaths in order to preserve the flock which God gave him (1 Sam. 17:34-37). Christ chased down a dragon, ripped you from its deadly jaws, and restored you to His flock. You are to do the same for the flock you’ve been given. You must be like Jehosheba and Jehoiada, risk everything to preserve the life of the King within the temple, and you must not get queasy when that means the execution of the unlawful tyrant of sin. Andrizomai. Ruthlessly hunt down any sin which vaunts itself against the true king, while trusting in God’s sovereign hand of providence to hover over it all.
This story begins with a covenant that seems to be on the brink of being broken. It ends with that covenant being renewed. Faith is often assaulted, but faith is always vindicated: a covenant king receiving the praise of joy of His covenant people. When Athaliah makes a claim to what is rightfully Christ’s, do not rest, do not cease, do not delay to lay hold of God’s covenant promise. Then watch God bring about an unexpected deliverance. The serpent’s seed will be crushed by the seed of the woman.
Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Psalm 148, bulletin p. 10
– Communion –
To All My Brothers I’ll Declare, p. 34
Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, bulletin pp. 8-9
– Commissioning –
+ CLOSING DOXOLOGY
The congregation may raise hands
Doxology, to the tune of p. 271
CHARGE & BENEDICTION
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:25