This is my sermon outline and an audio recording of my message for September 17. The primary lesson was Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14, the binding of Isaac, and John 1:26-31. Much of my message was inspired by Rob Bell in his book What Is The Bible?, and his chapter on this passage.
For today’s lesson and message, I’m going to do two things differently. First, I’m going to read a portion of the lesson, then speak about it, then read another portion, and so on. Secondly, I’m going to change the names of those in the lesson to what their names mean. I think it helps with the story.
Pastor A reading from the book of Genesis, beginning in the 21st Chapter.
The Lord dealt with Princess as he had said, and the Lord did for Princess as he had promised. Princess conceived and bore Father of a Multitude a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him. Father of a Multitude gave the name Laughter to his son whom Princess bore him.
After these things God tested Father of a Multitude. He said to him, “Father of a Multitude!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Laughter, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.”
So Father of a Multitude rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Laughter; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Father of a Multitude looked up and saw the place far away. Then Father of a Multitude said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.” Father of a Multitude took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Laughter, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Laughter said to his father Father of a Multitude, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Father of a Multitude said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.
When they came to the place that God had shown him, Father of a Multitude built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Laughter, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Father of a Multitude reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.
But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Father of a Multitude, Father of a Multitude!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
And Father of a Multitude looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Father of a Multitude went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
So Father of a Multitude called that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
Pastor This is the Word of God, the word of life.
All Thanks be to God.
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Pastor Brian Robert Campbell has served at Our Savior's and Emmanuel since August 1, 2011, and began serving Nazareth on December 1, 2015.
Pastor Brian is originally from Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from Alma College with a B.A. in Business Administration, and worked for the Saginaw Public Schools' Community Education Department for 17 years before answering the call to ministry. He graduated with a M. Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2011. ONE in Christ Lutheran Parish is his first call.
He is the only child of Robert and Charlotte Campbell, both who have entered the Church Eternal.
He is accompanied in ministry by his faithful bulldogge Ananias, who regularly writes for our newsletter. His articles are archived here.
He is a fan of sports teams from his native Michigan, especially the Tigers and the Lions. But we tolerate him despite that.
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