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January 6, 2013 @ 8:40 am

Epiphany Sunday: Sermon

Why All the Fuss about this King?

Intro: Why do we work so hard to keep Christ in Christmas? The Magi caused quite a fuss when they arrived in Jerusalem. Here's another look at how His leadership comes to light.

1 Kings 10:1-9 - Rev. Mark C. Wagner

  1. God demonstrates His wisdom through His King.
  2. 1.1 His discernment was a gift from God.
    1.2 His fame and power attended His faithfulness to God.
    App: Just a brief overview of our lives can show how God's wisdom attracts attention. The big events are baptism, confirmation, marriage and funerals. That's one time for sure that people will, like the Queen of Sheba, be evaluating how our faith works.

  3. God expresses the balance of truth through His king.
  4. 2.1 The fear of the Lord is just the beginning of this wisdom.
    2.2 The queen wanted to hear how his religion integrated into his rule.
    2.3 She began to understand how God's love maintains justice and righteousness.
    App: The deeper grasp comes to those who linger and listen to God's Word along with us. Notice how she didn't heap praise on Solomon, but rather on Solomon's LORD God and His eternal love for Israel.

Conclusion: If wise men and a wise woman traveled so long and so far to gain wisdom from the King, shouldn't we? First we see and then we begin to comprehend how His rule and His Word affect everything in our world and in our lives.

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