Sermon – CtV Dec 21
2 Samuel 7:1-11,16
To listen means more than to simply hear.
To listen means to hear AND obey.
Zechariah 7:13 ‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the Lord Almighty.
Listening to God can cause anxiety.
That anxiety is the result of conflict within us.
Luke 1:29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
Listening should, inevitably, lead to complete submission to God’s plan for us.
Like the angel said to Mary, God says to us, “Don’t be afraid… for no Word from God will ever fail.”
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
- Mary may have been just a little taken back by the appearing of the angel Gabriel (Note a hint of irony). What are two or three things that may have troubled her about the greeting by Gabriel?
- Sometimes in conversations we will say, “Now don’t take this the wrong way but …? How does such a pre-empt to conversation strike you when you are the listener?
- God’s messengers, including Jesus, often used the term “Fear not!” or “Don’t be afraid!” when appearing suddenly to human beings. Using Mary as an example, what was their general reaction when faced with this pre-empt to their conversation?
- Mary seemed predisposed for the conversation. She asked one question and then committed herself to being chosen by God. You are chosen to be God’s child. What is your reaction and reflection on that having happened?
- There are many places where we are assured that, where God is concerned and involved, anything is possible. (See Matt 19:26; Luke 1:37; Mark 10:27) Have someone look at each of the stories around these verses and quickly summarize them. Share a time in your life where God’s intervention was truly miraculous.