Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the grieving parents to affirm to others that "IT IS WELL".
U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris
Fort Stewart, Georgia
BIG IDEA: MOTHERS GRIEVE DIFFERENTLY FROM FATHERS …
REFERENCES: John 11:25-26 (I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live…).; Matthew 14:1-12 (The Story of John the Baptist being beheaded, and the diciples came and took away his body and buried it, and went and told Jesus); Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 (Everything has its time: To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven; A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted); Job 14:1 (Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble); Job 2:9 (Mrs. Job’s dealing with the loss of 7 boys and 3 girls; and what looked like the imminent death HER HUSBAND – JOB); 2 Kings 4:18-26; Genesis 37:34 (When Jacob was told that Joseph was dead – he rose and rent his clothes); 2 Samuel 1:11 (When David and his men learned of King Sauls Death they … rent their clothes);
I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: 2 KINGS 4:18-26
II. READ THE PERICOPE: 2 KINGS 4:18-26
III. READ THE TEXT: 2 KINGS 4:26 (Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well).
IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the grieving parents to affirm to others that “IT
V. SERMONIC THEME: “IT IS WELL”
INTRODUCTION: (PARARELL… HOW…..WE (AS CHRISTIANS) MEN EXPRESS DEATH AND GRIEF DIFFERENTLY … FROM OUR CHRISTIAN WOMEN. FOR EXAMPLE, from the oriental perspective… 1. WHEN DAVID and his men learned of KING SAUL’S DEATH … they physically rent their clothes; 2. When Jacob was told that Joseph was dead – he rose and rent his clothes; 3. When Job loss 7 sons and 3 daughters – he rose and rent his clothes …using some of the scriptures above…)
in contrast … Who can ever forget the story of Mrs. Job … … for when she LOSS HER CHILDREN … and her husband was on the break of losing his life … SHE ENCOURAGED HIM TO CURSE GOD AND DIE … (THEOLOGICAL SUICIDE) … IN OTHER WORDS … mentally, and emotionally, she had experienced ENOUGH … IF YOU COULD HAVE SEEN MRS. JOB’S FACE … YOU WOULD ATTEST THAT SHE WAS mentally … and emotionally … GOING THROUGH because you could see it all over her countenance (red swollen eyes; with bags under them … as if she had cried every ounce of water … out of her body ….
LIKEWISE, ACCORDING TO OUR TEXT…(FOUND IN 2 KINGS 4:26) …
ALTHOUGH, THE SHUNAMITE WOMAN WAS A GODLY PERSON … SHE WASN’T EXEMPT FROM FAMILY BEREAVEMENT…
IN FACT, THE SCRIPTURES TELLS US THAT SHE HAD ONE SON…
****************TAKE 5 BEATS***************
MOVE 1: AND HE WAS DEAR TO HER HEART…
a. FOR IT IS BELIEVED … THAT SHE CLUNG TO HIM!
b. IN HER EYES … THERE WASN’T MUCH WRONG … HE COULD DO.
c. HE WAS HER BABY … AND HE WAS THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF HER
d. FOR HER HOPES AND DREAMS WERE WRAPPED AROUND HER SON …
e. HER SON … WAS THE REASON SHE WOKE-UP in the morning (and went to work) … AND THE EXCUSE … SHE USED FOR GOING TO SLEEP AT NIGHT ..