More than Cheerleaders (4 of 7) by Jeff Strite

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More than Cheerleaders (4 of 7)
Series: Vitamins (Gifts) that Make the Body Healthy
Jeff Strite
Romans 12:1-8

OPEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnVuqfXohxc

I've been waiting months to use that clip.
It's clever.
It's cute.
And whether you realize it or not - it is deeply theological.

Think about it… what did it show?
It showed lot of animals that don't ordinarily get along… getting along.
These are animals that don't ordinarily spend much time together.

- Cats and Dogs
- Lions and Bears
- Birds and Cats
- And Deer and Dogs
- And, of course, there's that Orangutan at the end…

And they're all getting along.
It reflects the truth stated here in Romans 12
''… in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.'' Romans 12:5

Later in Romans (15:12) Paul quotes a verse from Isaiah 11 that describes the present day church. That verse says: ''And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.'' Isaiah 11:10

Right before that verse in Isaiah 11 are these words:

''The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
and a little child shall lead them.
And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together:
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.''
Isaiah 11:6-8

According to Romans 15:12… those words describe the church.
Really?
Oh yeah.
What God is describing in Isaiah are the personality types of people who come to Christ.

Have you ever heard of a ''wolf in sheep's clothing''?
How about someone being as ''gentle as a lamb''?
Or like a ''snake in the grass''?

This section of verses in Isaiah is describing people as if they were animals. ...


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