Sunday Sermon 

HANNAH’S SONG THE MAGNIFICAT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

 

November 19, 2018

Rocherty Church

Text:    1 Samuel 2: 1-10

We are living in a day when many people are lovers of self rather than lovers of God. People love themselves but forget to love God and their neighbor.

1 Sam 2:3, Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. 

I. God can change circumstances that people find themselves in.

1 Sam 2:8, He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; on them he has set the world. 

This is why Paul wrote in 2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Paul himself was changed from the chief of sinners to an apostle.

II. Jesus told the story of a difference between a Pharisee and a Sinner praying.

Luke 18:10 Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

Jesus shows here that we must humble ourselves before God.

Luke 18:14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Before God can move in our lives, we must see that we are a sinner. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Temptations, of course, cannot be avoided, but because we cannot prevent the birds from flying over our heads, there is no need that we should let them nest in our hair. -- Martin Luther,

We are saved by His grace. Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Never forget the three what’s!

What from? Believers are redeemed from hell and destruction.

What by? By the precious blood of Christ.

What to? To an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that will not fade away. -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

III. The story of a young rich man who told of his good life.

Matt 19:16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” 20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

He loved his riches more that he loved God. Have you ever thought what would have happened if he did as Jesus asked? There is that Kingdom of God principal of sowing and reaping. He could have become one of the world’s richest people had he obeyed. He failed to do the most import thing we can do in our lives.

Matt 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

He who bestows his goods upon the poor shall have as much again and ten times more. John Bunyan

I love the words of the old Hymn ’More, more about Jesus would I know.’

More about Jesus would I know,

More of His grace to others show;

More of His saving fullness see,

More of His love Who died for me.

More about Jesus let me learn,

More of His holy will discern;

Spirit of God, my teacher be,

Showing the things of Christ to me.

More about Jesus; in His Word,

Holding communion with my Lord;

Hearing His voice in every line,

Making each faithful saying mine.

More about Jesus; on His throne,

Riches in glory all His own;

More of His kingdom’s sure increase;

More of His coming, Prince of Peace

 

Words: by Eliza E. Hewitt 1887