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“Court and Covenant” Sermon for January 29, 2017

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Published on Jan 30, 2017

Rev. Charles Svendsen
Scripture: Micah 6:1-8; Matthew 5:1-12

Pastor Charles' Warmup:
On Sunday, January 29th, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, lessons are Micah 6:1-8 and Matthew 5:1-12. We will be looking at one of the most beloved verses in the Old Testament in verse 8: "He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" So we as a community of Jesus are to "do justice," "love kindness," and "humbly walk with God." We will note that two out of those three mandates speak to how we treat our neighbors - with justice and kindness. This in turn will humble us as we walk with God. Then in Matthew 5 we will be looking at the opening words of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount - the Beatitudes. We will see again that the Christian's "blessed life" is unlike the world's idea of living. As the world clamors for security through war, Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God."

Charles Svendsen



Micah 6:1-8
Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.”

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


Matthew 5:1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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