sermon: The Scepter, Duty, and the Days of Unleavened Bread
Given 11-Apr-20; 55 minutes
God has honored His promise to David that He would always provide a member of his family to sit on the throne of Judah. Though the Babylonians killed the sons of King Zedekiah, ancient Judah's last king, God spared his daughters. According to tradition, the prophet Jeremiah shepherded Tea Tephi, one of those daughters, to Ireland, where she married the son of the King of Ireland. Their offspring were the legitimate heirs to David's scepter. The sovereign God orchestrated the overturning of the throne thrice (Ezekiel 21:25-27)—from Ireland to Scotland to England, where the scepter resides to this day. Despite the many scandals and imperfections surrounding the monarchy and the House of Windsor, Queen Elizabeth has nevertheless placed duty to her people ahead of her own self-concern, sacrificing comfort while exercising integrity and leadership. Like Queen Elizabeth, God's called ones must practice a life of self-sacrifice, showing love for their spiritual siblings who are also qualifying to perform as kings and priests in God's kingdom. As the apostle Paul taught the members of the Corinthian church to purge leavening from their midst (I and II Corinthians), the first concern of God's people today—their call to duty—is to serve and protect the brethren. The duty of the children of light is to purge leaven (symbolic of sin) and to correct their spiritual siblings in love, when necessary.
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