Biblical Inspiration

God Will Redeem Your Story Part Two

  

 

 

  “Tamar’s House”  2 Samuel 13:1-22.

 

 “Tamar’s House”  2 Samuel 13:1-22. Imagine Tamar:  Grief-stricken, sobbing, ashes on her head. Her body in a heap on the cold floor. Soot covers her beautiful face and smears the rich colors of her torn robe. Her outward appearance echoes the cavernous darkness in her soul. Hopelessness and death well up in her. She is nothing but a tomb.The door of her room slowly creaks open. A stream of cloudy sunlight pours through the door. A figure of a man takes form within it. Not Absalom. No, she would recognize Absalom anywhere. Her heart jumps with sickening terror, then the figure steps through the door and His visage becomes clear. Tamar has never seen Him before, yet He looks so familiar. Not frightening. And she should be frightened. No man should be entering her chamber. She should run, but she cannot seem to move.She glances down at the hands that seem paralyzed on her lap, suddenly shamefully aware of her ash-covered appearance. Wretchedness sears her heart. She is certain her violated estate is obvious. She despises herself.

“Tamar,” the man speaks gently and with warm familiarity.

Her heart sobs, “She is dead!” A slave of shame has taken her place.

He approaches and takes her face in His hands. No one has ever done that before. The overwhelming intimacy turns her face crimson, not with shame but with vulnerability. His thumbs sweep over her cheeks and wipe the tears from her face. As He takes His hands from her face and places them on her head, her throat aches with fresh cries as she sees the filth on His hands. Her filth. He draws back His hands, and she senses something on her head. Perhaps in His mercy He has hooded her disgrace.

The man offers her His hands, still covered with soot, and she takes them. Suddenly she is standing. Trembling. He leads her to the brass mirror hung on the wall. She turns her face away. He lifts her chin. She gives the mirror only a glance. Her heart is startled. She begins to stare. Her face is creamy white. Her cheeks are blushed with beauty. Her eyes are clear and bright. A crown sits on her head, and a veil flows from its jewels to her shoulders. Her torn coat is gone. A garment of fine white linen graces her neck and adorns her frame. The King’s daughter, pure and undefiled. Beauty for ashes.

Breaking Free by Beth Moore

 “The sad story of Tamar is a typical description of how an abusive family functions. (2 Samuel 13:1–22 ESV)” click

 

 

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Bulletin – Sunday, August 29, 2010

 

Prelude – Bourée and Finale (George Frederic Handel)

Welcome Donnita Travis

Service of Baptism Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer and Pastor Michael Best

Invocation Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

“And Can It Be?” Hymnal 347

“Mourning into Dancing” (Tommy Walker)

“Blessed Assurance” Hymnal 572

“Victory in Jesus” Hymnal 353

“Amazing Grace” Hymnal 343

Baby Dedication Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Pastoral Prayer Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Offertory “How Firm a Foundation” (arr. Donald Hustad)

“Doxology – A Word of Praise” Hymnal 815

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

Scripture Reading Isaiah 61:1–3 (ESV) Megan McSween

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn;

to grant to those who mourn in Zion –

To give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

That they may be called oaks of righteousness,

the planting of the Lord,

that he may be glorified

Part Two

Isaiah 61:1–5

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

“Jesus, Lover of My Soul” Hymnal 710 (stanzas 1, 3 and 4)

 

Statement of Faith

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried…

The third day He arose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,

whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, God’s holy church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

(This statement of faith is adapted from The Apostles’ Creed )

Service of Communion

“Nothing But the Blood” Hymnal 337

Fellowship Offering

Benediction Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Postlude Dr. Paul Satre, organ

Fugue in D Major (George Frederic Handel)

This Afternoon, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Lincoln Park

Annual Church Picnic

Please note, there will be no Sunday Evening Gathering this evening.


 

Pastor to People

         Today is the last Sunday of our fiscal year! We want to thank the many of you who have contributed toward the challenging needs we face as a church body. Next week I will let you know how close we came to meeting our budget. Perhaps we shall even reach it!

         Keep in mind that two weeks from today I shall begin a series of prophetic messages titled: When He Shall Come. As always, I am counting on your prayers that our love for Christ and His coming might become the motivation for our lives and witness.

         Remember to check out our website for information about our tour to Israel next March.

I’ll see you at the picnic later today.

Have a great week

Pastor Lutzer


 

 

Sermon Notes – Sunday, August 29, 2010

 

Part Two

 

Verson ESV

Isaiah 61:1–5 ESV click

 

2 Samuel 13

Amnon and Tamar

 

2 Samuel 3

Abner Joins David

 

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

Isaiah 61:1–5 ESV click

The Year of the LORD’s Favor

1(A) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
   because the LORD has(B) anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;[a]
   he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
   and(C) the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b]
2(D) to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
(E) and the day of vengeance of our God;
   to comfort all who mourn;
3to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
(F) to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
(G) the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
   the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
(H) that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
   the planting of the LORD,(I) that he may be glorified.[c]
4(J) They shall build up the ancient ruins;
   they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
   the devastations of many generations.

5(K) Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks;
   foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;

The sad story of Tamar is a typical description of how an abusive family functions. (2 Samuel 13:1–22 ESV) click

1) Vulnerable family members are not valued

2) Appearances mask reality

3) The facts are disregarded

4) The victim’s cries are ignored

5) The victim is shamed, blamed and demeaned

Lessons to be learned:

God can redeem our story by rebuilding the human soul. (Isaiah 61:1–5)

1. Ashes of shame are exchanged for a garland of beauty

2. Mourning for a wasted life is exchanged for joy

3. Fainting for weariness is exchanged for praise

The bottom line:

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