J. Gordon Duncan

Culture, Business, Fitness, Etc.

Why Fi-delity? – SK Sermon Preview for 11/29/09

Faithfulness is a virtue not easily attained or experienced in this world.  For example, according to a poll by the Associated Press, 90% of Americans think infidelity within a marriage is wrong yet so many spouses have affairs.  Because of the inherent secrecy of an affair, no one knows what percentage of spouses are unfaithful.  Some stats say 22% of men and 14% of women have cheated, but undoubtedly, those numbers are higher.

Interestingly enough, so much of Old Testament language speaks to adultery.  However, in the biblical picture, God is the faithful spouse and Israel or the children of God are the unfaithful spouse.  In God’s economy, any sin committed by the people of God is the equivalent of adultery.  For example, Jeremiah 3.20 says

“Surely, as a treacherous wife leaves her husband, so have you been treacherous to me, O house of Israel, declares the Lord.’

In addition, the entire book of Hosea plays out this imagery of faithfulness and unfaithfulness.  In chapter 2 God says that Israel has played the harlot with pagan nations, worshiping other gods.  He describes their actions in this way

For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’

Basically, the people of God said, “Show me a good time, give me something to drink, and we’ll gladly leave our God.”

Later in that section, God calls His sinning, unfaithful people a bunch of names that are a challenge for me to read in a room full of children.  Yet there is hope as in Hosea 2:14 He says

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.  15 And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.  And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.

God promises to go and woo back His adulterous people.  He will restore them to all that they had before and they will return just as they did in the days when God rescued them from slavery in Egypt.  Now that is faithfulness.  God’s people abandon faithfulness and adulterously worship other gods, and the one true God goes and woos them back restoring them to full fellowship and love as if nothing ever happened.

Don’t we all wish for a love that faithful?  Well, this week in the book of Romans, Paul is going to make the case for God’s faithfulness not only to the physical Israel of the Old Testament but also to the Israel of the New Testament, His church.  So with that in mind, let’s ask this Big Picture Question at Sovereign King this week:

Big Picture Question:  How is God more faithful than any idea of faithfulness that you have ever conceived?

If you would like to join us for worship, we gather each Sunday at 10:30am, and you can find directions to our space at http://www.sovereignkingpca.net/1.2.html

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November 27, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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