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Who Cares? (5 of 8)
Series: Why Jesus Hates Religion
Reverend: As you’ve all been in a situation where someone’s has introduced someone, and when somebody introduces a person they talk about what they are known for, their accomplishments or what they might mean to them personally, their relationship. When you introduce someone you’re trying to tell them, tell people about that person. When somebody introduces you what do they say? Do they say the things that you want to be known for? You know, how do people introduce you? When I’m introduced people say, “This is Kenton, he’s pastor of Mariner’s Church.” That’s the number one way that I’m introduced. My preferred way, what I love is when somebody says, “This is Kenton, he’s my pastor. “ That’s what I love, but normally it’s just, “I’m a pastor.” Now what’s interesting is when God introduces Himself, if you were going to introduce God, what would you say? When God introduces Himself what does He say? Psalms 68, God says this, “This is my name. I’m the Lord.” Now the Lord, that’s His name there. That’s the covenant name for God.
He says, “I’m the Lord.” I’m basically saying the one who makes promises and keeps his promises. “Rejoice in my presence.” God is introducing Himself. He says you can rejoice in my presence. How does God introduce himself? He says, “I’m the Father to the fatherless, defender of widows.” That’s how God introduces himself. He says, “I’m the Lord.”
It’s amazing when you think of God in ancient world or other religions. Who does God show up to? God of the ancient world, God of other religions? Those gods? Show up to the strong, to the mighty to the powerful, to the elite, to the kings and the princes. And who does the God of the Bible show up? When he shows up he shows up to the orphans. He shows up to the father of the fatherless. He shows up to the widows, to the smallest, to the weakest. He says, “That’s who I’m. I’m the defender of widows.” It’s an amazing thought and ...
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