June 25, 2017
Matthew 10:24-39
Romans 6:1b-11
Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

The Office Of The King Was Not Vacant

Fourth Sunday in Lent

from the book
First Lesson Sermons For Lent/Easter

Robert J. Elder

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Not all the water in the rough rude sea
Can wash the balm from an anointed king.

- Richard II, William Shakespeare

How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out.

When we drop into the scriptures, as we tend to do on Sunday mornings, visiting this and then that spot in various books of the Bible, what tends to get lost is the long--term flow of the larger narrative, the place in the whole long story of the kings of Israel where this particular portion of the story takes place, for instance. If we read over just the verses that have been chosen for today's service, we might be left with the impression that by the time we reach verse 14, the rule of King Saul is at an end, that David has become ascendant. While this may have been true in the mind of God at the ...

This Fourth Sunday in Lent sermon, The Office Of The King Was Not Vacant, is based on 1 Samuel 16:1-13a and relates to Fourth Sunday in Lent of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book RESTORING THE FUTURE . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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