When people lose a sense of awe and and respect for God, that’s when life goes south. They have access to joy that is "unspeakable and full of glory". I’m talking about the great, great grandson of Abraham. A forgiveness that can be offered because of his sacrifice for us. Michale’s rejection of David displayed her rejection of God. But I think by the time we finish the story, you will have seen the Christmas connection. David is now so fearful of the ark, that he has them deviate from the road and for the next three months he leaves it at the house of a man named Obed-edom. Joy — Delight of mind arising from the consideration of a present, or assured possession of some future good. This sermon is part of a series called Series on Romans and has been entitled 'Unspeakable Joy' - Romans 4:6 : List by Date : A to Z by Topic : List by Scripture Reference : Online Audio Sermons: Home Page. A moment where all she can do is look and stare at the gift God has given her. Notice what God says. December 20, 2020 / Ronnie Dauber. So, no, not one of the guidelines for transportation of the ark were being followed. Latest Sermons. Unspeakeable Joy: Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing. Therefore, I delight to share with you the faithfulness of God through my life experiences in hopes of inspiring you to receive that joy that only He can give through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. All that to say this was a joyous occasion. Christ. Advent 2020 – Why Advent? He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. Because without Jesus, there is no Christmas. And what was true for Joseph would be true for the. Probably to reach out and grab them, right? 4:4). (Ps 119:11) Memorize God's Word systematically as a defense of joy. a. Trusting in His commands to be for our ultimate good, c. The kind of trust that prompts us to obey Jesus wholeheartedly, d. This kind of faith comes from the Word of God. For them, they love the feeling of Christmas. For instance, for some it’s not that your not a Christian or that you don’t understand what Christmas is all about, but the truth is, you’ve made it about other things. In fact, the Bible calls him a man after God’s own heart. He writes in verse 23: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son. But having the ark in their possession didn’t go well for the Philistines. He represents the Hope of Christmas because though Joseph God continued the promise He made to Abraham. But this time he does it the right way. So, what’s going on here? For these things also provide an opportunity to test our faith, hope, Cultivating Our Faith. 1 Peter 1:3-8. But such faith is more than a mental assent, or academic knowledge “Who should have known about those guidelines?”, How about we let the Bible answer that question. So, what made it so sacred? And a lot of that has to do with… It involves the key element of faith itself, which is "trust". And that’s why Jesus is often referred to as. That the God of the universe sacrificed himself for you. Because the ark wasn’t something you could approach. THERE ARE "PRESENT" GROUNDS FOR REJOICING AS WELL. Thanks for leaving the ark of death at my house.”. Maybe they were going through our church parking lot. - What changes do I need to make in order to handle Christmas in a way that pleases God and brings blessing into my life? And I’ll begin to answer by saying this: While it seems confusing, and God’s response seems harsh and extreme, God’s not to blame here. A redeemer, who like Joseph, when all hope seemed lost for him, God would raise him up. So, what that means then is, if we want to put our faith in something secure, we need to put it in the faithfulness of God. In a way, we become numb to it. No, Santa Clause wasn’t coming to town, but the Ark was. Bible verses about Unspeakable Joy. Add to that the secular influence of our culture on Christmas. You see, Joseph represents the hope of Christmas. This sermon is about realizing that joy is more than just an emotion and that ultimate joy is about our relationship with God. And when you truly understand and grasp that meaning, it ought to blow your mind and it should lead to Unspeakable Joy in your life. “Great! And as a result we don’t approach it with the reverence and awe that Christmas deserves. words! of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. You see, what’s interesting about this entire scenario, is to some degree, it mirrors another incident with the ark back in. URC Weekly Newsletter Sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter, featuring important URC announcements and events. Sermon illustrations: Joy. “Well way to put a damper on Christmas pastor.”. Joy Unspeakable Contributed by Robert Simmons on Feb 27, 2002 (message contributor) based on 27 ratings (rate this sermon) | 5,088 views. On a cart, being led by oxen. Through Jesus, we no longer have to fear death. special kind of joy. the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen Certainties that we need to be aware of if we want to avoid Christmas burn out. The writer says Jesus is the way to salvation and he offers an open invitation to any who would seek forgiveness. But the good new doesn’t end there. love, longsuffering and patience. But at the end of the day, none of those things lead to the true unspeakable Joy that Christmas offers us. Could it be that’s why you struggle throughout the year? If you haven’t been with us, we started this series a couple weeks ago, and as I stated then, when it comes to Christmas messages, they’re not my favorite kind of messages to write or preach. I think that’s a great question for all of us to ask ourselves today. In fact, the Bible calls him a man after God’s own heart. This leads us to a third certainty this morning. Specifically to the city of Jerusalem. In the third century Cyprian, the Bishop of Carthage, wrote to his friend Donatus, “It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. If you do, you will keep His commandments? The blessing of eternal life. Notice first, the writer says as the ark is being transported, something happens to cause the oxen to stumble. of Jesus, and let them go." A redeemer, who like Joseph, at his own expense, would go ahead of us and prepare a way of salvation. , and not much has changed. A joy that results in not only receiving temporal gifts, but an eternal gift that comes through faith in Jesus. 66:1). into the city of David. Which brings us to, So, to get us started, let me paint a picture of what is going on as we come to. September 06, 2020 . For instance, the Psalms are filled with references to joy. And continue it did, as thousands of years later, in a stable in Bethlehem, God sent the redeemer to earth, to live a life we couldn’t live and die a death we deserved. (John 14:23). Oh, that we might still go on to know more about him, for as God ’s great gift to us he is unspeakable!” 21. And it’s a story that at first won’t feel much like a Christmas story. Because first and foremost, it represented the presence of God among His people. It brings them great joy. for my sake. But how can Christians at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for 1. God was very clear that when it came to the ark, it was to be treated with respect, honor, and awe, and not like a piece of furniture thrown in the back of a pick up and hauled down a bumpy road. He was willing to risk being misunderstood and humiliated in order to pursue a deeper relationship with God. And to be frank with you, that’s exactly the kind of joy Christmas should produce in all of us. That’s a great question. This is a divine joy. Because when you truly understand what Christmas offers, it should lead, Because the fact is, when Christmas isn’t. Series: Stand Fast In Christ. The fact is, David would have none. That still brings tears to my eyes and brings me great joy to watch Denise’s response in that video. This is where Uzzah comes in, as reaches out to steady the ark. Like the Philistines, the Israelites are mishandling the ark of God. A moment where words can’t clearly define the joy we now feel. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. Now, I know that’s a lot to digest and take in, but it’s important for all of us to understand what a big deal the ark was. - 2 Corinthians 12:4, "How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter." In fact, it resulted in a plague that was wiping out their villages. In other words, we lose sight of the reason for the season. Pet 1:7), "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for A joy that leaves us somewhat speechless. 5:41). Joy Unspeakable I Peter 1:6-9 . Joseph puts it like this as he speaks to his brothers in. Recent Additions. The fear that David felt is positive. Meaning, Jospeh symbolically represents God’s future promise and hope for Christmas. Joy unspeakable is a deep experience that encompasses our Soul, Spirit and Body. "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect David initially transported the ark in the same way the Philistines had transported it -. Now, here’s the good news. Why did they stumble? Through Jesus we now have access to our creator. By his wounds you have been healed. Gave his life for you. This was a Levitical residence. A place where he would provide forgiveness to his brothers and refuge for the future nation of Israel to grow and thrive. But not only does Joseph represent the hope of Christmas, he symblizes the hope of what Jesus wou. Which leads us to our second goal this morning. Maybe you didn’t realize this, but when Jesus died, the physical veil that covered the ark in the temple was literally torn in two. Jesus changed how we can now approach God. And then there are some here today, and for you, Christmas is a once a year event. Theme: Joy Unspeakable Readings: Galatians 5:16-26 Colossians 3:12-17 Speaker: Rev Ian Jennings “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Why? He has promised that if we truly love Him, He and His Father will They look forward to Black Friday Shopping, Cyber Monday, 2 Day Shipping, and opening presents. A certainty we’re going to label. The unwavering hope that comes through faith in Jesus. What about Christmas gives you joy? And that’s exactly what happened. have a joy "unspeakable and full of glory"! And quite frankly, to miss out on what Christmas offers is death. And when Christmas is mishandled, it doesn’t lead to blessing, but instead, like Uzzah, it can bring death and sorrow. He always comes through. Dreams that seemed forever lost when Potiphar’s wife lied and got him thrown into an Egyptian prison. Joy Unspeakable. This morning we are picking back up in our Christmas series, an MCF Christmas. . Romans 8:26-28. And for you, that’s where it starts and where it ends. The writer says they were singing, shouting, playing harps, and clanging cymbals and shaking tambourines. Remember, I told you the Ark of the Covenant represented the presence and forgiveness of God. Eventually the sales end, credit card statements arrive, and the new smell wears off of the Christmas gifts. are eternal." V2, 3. I want you to notice who is charge of transporting the ark. But because Joseph put his hope in the faithfulness of God, the hope for Christmas lived on as thousands of years later, through the nation of Israel, in a stable in Bethlehem, God sent the redeemer to earth. Because prior to God making this promise of Christmas to David, David had to learn a valuable and hard lesson about Christmas. Something you can’t buy on Amazon. The largest and most trusted library of over 1,974,000 free sermons from conservative Christian churches and ministries worldwide. E-mail Alerts. David wasn’t afraid to display expressions of unrestrained, authentic, unspeakable joy. Peter POINTS to two things which are necessary to: 2. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift. The first is R.A. Torrey's The Baptism of The Holy Spirit written in 1895 and Joy Unspeakable by Lloyd-Jones. joy. So, here’s something for you to chew on. "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Notice, this time the guidelines are being followed, and just to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again, David goes above and beyond and sacrifices an ox and a fattened animal every 6 steps on their journey too Jerusalem. Next. At this point the party is over. Add to that the rush to get the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, the never ending Christmas decorations and parties, those awkward family get togethers, and so on, and all of a sudden Christmas becomes a season we look forward to and enjoy, but if we’re honest, it wears us out, empties our checking and savings accounts, and kind of leaves us relieved when it’s over. In the case of. So, that’s the problem, and that’s why Uzzah is laying dead in the road. If you do, you will do what He says. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift. But the truth is, people are joyous about Christmas for many reasons, and often times for the wrong reasons. A promise that was fulfilled through the birth of Jesus on Christmas morning. Possibly a change in terrain. Because the fact of the matter is, what the Ark represented and what Christmas represent are one and the same. And now the ark is sitting out in the country at some guys house, and while Uzzah was killed by the ark, Obed is getting blessed from it. Let’s stop there for a moment, because I want to point out several important details the writer has just given us. And that’s exactly what happened. Unspeakable Joy. (2 Cor 4:17-18). What’s your first physical response? Search for Sermons. It is a remaining and overflowing joy. After the ark was brought into the city, David gave gifts to the people, bread, cake of dates, and a cake of raisins. possess this joy? for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Joy unspeakable indicates great Joy. Could it be that’s why things haven’t worked out this past year the way you hoped they would? 2290, “God’s Unspeakable Gift” 2291} 1. Advent 2020 – Peace. Dr. Mark Allison. Play! And they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Today we continue in our message series “Come They Told Me” and the title of today’s message is “Unspeakable Joy.” Pastor Harold Long teaches us the true meaning of why Jesus Christ came into the world, and the true essence & nature of God. Because of God’s love for me, and my relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ, I rejoice with unspeakable joy. In the Old Testament we find that it is an overcoming joy: Nehemiah 8:10 life. I mean, all David was trying to do was honor the Lord by bringing the ark to Jerusalem. The ark wasn’t covered, it was put on display for all to see. It starts by putting your faith in the faithfulness of God. he came to us, we now have access to Him. patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:" (Rom 5:1-4). So, at this point, a great question would be. with all his might. We believe that the Bible is the foundation of truth for our lives. A day you get some time off, go to church, open some gifts, and then go back to work. Because while Joseph could have lost hope in the midst of his unfortunate circumstance, he didn’t. All these blessings (past, present, future) serve as the basis for unspeakable my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make Time away from co-workers. For it must be admitted that all do not! Although Joy Unspeakable purports to be a series of sermons on John, the “Doctor” strays from an exegetical treatment of John into flights of fancy, which continue for almost the entirety of the book. praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" (1 Informed Christians understand the purifying nature of such trials. Jesus made similar claims about himself, and people hated him for it. , when David is crowned King, that’s the ark we’re going to read about that David wants to bring to Jerusalem. 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