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The most secure promise

Isaiah 62:6-12

Pastor David Ernst

Seventh Sunday after Trinity
Epiphany Lutheran Mission of La Caramuca  
Barinas, Venezuela

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Sun, Jul 30, 2017 

Grace and peace in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Today I will preach on the reading of the Old Testament. Isaiah says:

"On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set guards; All day and all night they will never be silent. Those who remember the Lord do not rest. "

The kingdom of Judah had fallen and the Jews were captives for 70 years in Babylon, after the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple. The Babylonians fell to the Medes and the Medes to the Persians. The emperor of Persia allowed the Jews to return to their land to rebuild the city and the Temple. With enemies around and the city walls in ruins, men kep their watch on the broken walls.

The Lord told them that He set the watchmen on the walls, and swore that one day the city and the temple would be rebuilt and the people woulf live in peace, enjoying the fruits of their labor. Moreover, "Behold, the Lord hath made a sound unto the ends of the earth: Say unto the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy Savior comes; Behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall be called the holy people, the redeemed of Jehovah; And you shall be called the Desired City, not forsaken. The most sure promise was the one God made to Abraham, Moses and King David: Among their people the Savior of the world would be born.

The whole human race needed a Savior because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve. In the beginning, God promised a Savior to Adam and Eve. He then promised Abraham that among his descendants the Savior would be born. We know the Savior as Jesus Christ. At that time, the people of God had only the promise of the Savior, but because of that, God also promised them to be with them until the coming of Christ.

The Savior's promise was fulfilled in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He ascended into heaven and now we have the promise of the second coming of Jesus in glory, when He will judge the living and the dead, and we will be resurrected to live with Him forever.

At this moment we live in a world of uncertainty, especially in Venezuela. What is the future of our country? We do not know, however, we have the promise that God is with us until the end of the world and beyond. The church is now God's people. We are heirs of the promises of the Old Testament and of eternal life in Christ. Our commitment is to walk as children of God in this world of uncertainty with confidence in the promises of the Lord.

As the church, we have a mission: To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ everywhere in the world. In rich countries and the poor, in those who have good government and those who have bad government. Christ has promised us to be with us, then in His Word we have peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.

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