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Loving Our Neighbors Across Time

Message Notes for Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Sunday, April 30, 2017
Sermon Material © 2017 – Dr. Kevin W. Cosby. All rights reserved. Users may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, publish, sell, license, create
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Loving Our Neighbors Across Time
2 Kings 20:12-19 NLT
12 Soon after this, Merodach-baladan son of Baladan,
king of Babylon, sent Hezekiah his best wishes and a
gift, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been very
sick.
13 Hezekiah received the Babylonian envoys and showed
them everything in his treasure-houses—the silver, the
gold, the spices, and the aromatic oils. He also took
them to see his armory and showed them everything in
his royal treasuries! There was nothing in his palace or
kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and
asked him, “What did those men want? Where were
they from?” Hezekiah replied, “They came from the
distant land of Babylon.”
15 “What did they see in your palace?” Isaiah asked.
“They saw everything,” Hezekiah replied. “I showed
them everything I own—all my royal treasuries.”
16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message
from the Lord:
17 The time is coming when everything in your palace—
all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until
now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left,
says the Lord.
18 Some of your very own sons will be taken away into
exile. They will become eunuchs who will serve in the
palace of Babylon’s king.”
19 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have
given me from the Lord is good.” For the king was
thinking, “At least there will be peace and security
during my lifetime.”
1 Chronicles 17:1-5, 11-12 NLT
1 When David was settled in his palace, he summoned
Nathan the prophet. “Look,” David said, “I am living
in a beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of the Lord’s
Covenant is out there under a tent!”
2 Nathan replied to David, “Do whatever you have in
mind, for God is with you.”
3 But that same night God said to Nathan,
4 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord
has declared: You are not the one to build a house for
me to live in.
5 I have never lived in a house, from the day I brought
the Israelites out of Egypt until this very day. My home
has always been a tent, moving from one place to
another in a Tabernacle.
11 For when you die and join your ancestors, I will raise up
one of your descendants, one of your sons, and I will
make his kingdom strong.
12 He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for
me. And I will secure his throne forever.
1 Chronicles 17:16 NIV – Then King David went in and sat
before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God, and
what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
1 Chronicles 29:1-14 NLT
1 Then King David turned to the entire assembly and
said, “My son Solomon, whom God has clearly
chosen as the next king of Israel, is still young and
inexperienced. The work ahead of him is enormous, for
the Temple he will build is not for mere mortals—it is for
the Lord God himself!
2 Using every resource at my command, I have
gathered as much as I could for building the Temple of
my God. Now there is enough gold, silver, bronze, iron,
and wood, as well as great quantities of onyx, other
precious stones, costly jewels, and all kinds of fine stone
and marble.
3 “And now, because of my devotion to the Temple of
my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures
of gold and silver to help in the construction. This is
in addition to the building materials I have already
collected for his holy Temple.
4 I am donating more than 112 tons of gold from Ophir
and 262 tons of refined silver to be used for overlaying
the walls of the buildings
5 and for the other gold and silver work to be done by
the craftsmen. Now then, who will follow my example
and give offerings to the Lord today?”
6 Then the family leaders, the leaders of the tribes of
Israel, the generals and captains of the army, and the
king’s administrative officers all gave willingly.
7 For the construction of the Temple of God, they gave
about 188 tons of gold, 10,000 gold coins, 375 tons of
silver, 675 tons of bronze, and 3,750 tons of iron.
8 They also contributed numerous precious stones, which
were deposited in the treasury of the house of the Lord
under the care of Jehiel, a descendant of Gershon.
9 The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had
given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord, and King
David was filled with joy.
10 Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the
whole assembly: “O Lord, the God of our ancestor
Israel, may you be praised forever and ever!
11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory,
the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens
and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom.
We adore you as the one who is over all things.
12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule
over everything. Power and might are in your hand,
and at your discretion people are made great and
given strength.
13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious
name!
14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could
give anything to you? Everything we have has come
from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!
Luke 10:25-29 NIV
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test
Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit
eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you
read it?”
27 He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your strength
and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as
yourself.'”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this
and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus,
“And who is my neighbor?”
Exodus 34:7 NIV – …maintaining love to thousands, and
forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not
leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and
their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth
generation.”

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