by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 17 and 18 of a 40 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Seventeenth Day (17 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
I Samuel 3:10

‘‘Yahweh then stood beside Samuel and called out as he had done before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ ‘I’m listening,’ Samuel answered. ‘What do you want me to do?’’’ 1 Samuel 3:10

Samuel was not expecting God to speak. Sure, he was going through the motions of sleeping before the altar to incubate a word from Yahweh, but that did not really mean he expected an answer to his actions. It was customary to offer sacrifices and sleep before the altar of a god to attempt to force some kind of answer. Samuel just did not seem to expect much in the way of results. It is no wonder he expected little, as the passage opens by telling us that God’s word was rare in those days.


Eighteenth Day (18 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
Luke 13:34

‘‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem! Your people have killed the prophets and have stoned the messengers who were sent to you. I have often wanted to gather your people, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you wouldn’t let me.’’ Luke 13:34

This is not the reaction we would expect, at least not of ourselves. Perhaps we have become numb to the words and picture of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. Perhaps we have become jaded by the picture, such that we miss what Jesus actually said. This is a cry of unrequited love, mercy, forgiveness, grace, and condemnation all rolled into one. It is the cry of a lover who has been rejected, not once, but over, and over, and over.
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