THE PREACHED WORD
Scripture: II Samuel 6
Sermon: The Reign of the King: Death and Dancing
- The Ark of God’s Presence – What is the ark? Why do they need to bring it to Jerusalem?
- The Danger of God’s Presence – verses 1-11; the danger of “handling” God according to our own estimations of what seems right and proper and pragmatic to us vs. according to the rules he puts forth in his Word.
- The Joy of God’s Presence – verses 12-23; the joy of God dwelling in the midst of his people; the danger of neglecting that for the sake of propriety.
- The Mediator of God’s presence – Jesus. We see in the chapter that the great (and serious) responsibility of the king is to bring the presence of God rightly before the people in the way that God requires. Jesus is the King who does this. His incarnation, life, death, resurrection and ascension is the perfect fulfillment of what is happening here – the presence of God being brought into the people, in the way that the Father requires. Everything that the ark symbolizes, Jesus is. In all of its mystery and rough edges, the death of Christ glorifies the perfection of Christ’s work. If the presence of God is so serious and dangerous a thing as we see here, yet now all those who are in Christ are the temples of God’s Spirit, then how purifying, how cleansing, how perfect a sacrifice must have been the death that opened the door for that! How sufficient is his death!
- The Mandate of God’s Presence, mediated rightly in Christ: Fear (Christ does not tame God – we still have the fear that is due for such holiness) AND Celebration (that such power could be in our midst…that such a God makes his hime with us). There is a name for this awe-filled celebration – worship.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 100
Q. 100. What does the preface of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
A. The preface of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, Our Father which art in heaven, teaches us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us; and that we should pray with and for others.