SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

MAKING THE LAME A STRONG NATION (22 OF 52)

by Christopher Harbin


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Making the Lame a Strong Nation (22 of 52)
Series: Discipleship Part Two
Christopher B. Harbin
Micah 4:1-7


God's plans and strategies often don't seem to make any sense. When we hear the terms lame and strong in the same sentence, we might think of physical therapy. That's about the extent of the ways we would associate those terms. Being lame is something we equate with being weak. It refers to muscles or nerves that do not work as they should. It presents us a picture of physical failure, limitation, and the inability to perform as we would like or expect. In Micah's day, it was a death sentence for most. How do you take a group of powerless people and transform them into a strong nation?

The Bible is full of texts telling stories of God accomplishing his purposes in unexpected ways, using strategies and people who seem sure to fail. Time and time again, it would appear that what God has planned is doomed to failure. How can an old, barren woman hope to become a mother? How can a band of slaves escape bondage to the world superpower? How could that same band of escaped slaves hope to escape Pharaoh's army at the Sea of Reeds? How can walking around a city and blowing trumpets bring down the city's walls? How can a band of three hundred men with trumpets and torches hope to defeat an army of 130,000? How can a starving, besieged city hope to become victorious against the enemies surrounding it? How can a Messiah be the victorious Lord after he is nailed to a cross?

It is this God of unexpected reversals the Bible consistently hails as worthy of our worship and praise. It is this God who creates light in the midst of darkness, order in the midst of chaos, bounty in the midst of famine whom we gather to celebrate. It is this God of the unexpected who calls us to have faith in mercy, compassion, and treating others with dignity. It is this God who sets before us a vision of a world in which the nations beat their swords into plowshares, their spears in ...

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