Summary: Preached at a Youth Block Party


Isaiah 25: 6-9

“And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory: and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God, we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”


Kids, I discovered a new in your “Teen Dictionary”. In actuality, I discovered that it’s an old word but it has been given a new spelling and acronym but it has the same overall meaning. For you more seasoned people in the audience, you grown-ups, I discovered that this old word has replaced words in our dictionary. What was once GROOVY and HIP to us, is now simply PHAT to our youth.

Kids -- let me tell you something else I discovered. You see, this new word that you use fat spelled PHAT, is what some youth would say means pretty, hot and tempting. I’m I right? But, watch this. I took the liberty not to listen to you, but I took the liberty to look it up on the Encarta Dictionary for myself and discover that, your definition is not the definition at all. [I got the proof up here if any of you want to see it -- so that you can dispel this myth].

You see -- According to the Encarta World English Dictionary, PHAT means: excellent, you know like man those are some PHAT beats; it also means impressive you know like that was a PHAT game that Sacramento Kings played last night. It can also mean difficult to achieve.

I said of all that to get you to understanding that all of this pretty, hot and tempting stuff is not even the case. That is just something that little Tyrone and Pookie them made up. And, instead of you going to the dictionary to find out for yourself you listened and started repeating what you had heard -- but know you know the truth.

Watch this -- I also took the liberty to look up fat spelled FAT in the dictionary and discovered that it also means: The most desirable part of something, abounding in desirable elements, it can mean RICH, or having an abundant supply, plenty and lucrative.

Which leads me to believe that correlation between PHAT and FAT is that both words are used to describe everything good. So parents if you hear your kids saying things like, oh now that’s PHAT to describe a sports car. Or if you hear them saying things like -- man where did you get that PHAT outfit, or that’s a PHAT hairstyle or those are some PHAT shoes. In the classroom -- one might have some PHAT Ideas. Plain and simple if it is good and you like it then -- IT’S PHAT.

Stay with me -- I’m goanna get theological in a minute! Let me put some BIBLE with this.

This new word, FAT, is so new that you can imagine my surprise when I came across it in scripture. Yes, you heard me kids the same FAT that you use today is found in the Bible. The bible records the use of the word FAT as an adjective to describe the good things of life. Listen.

“And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make until all people a feast of fat things...”

When I read Isaiah 25: 6, I couldn’t help but laugh at the parallel, the similarities. FAT THINGS…the good things of the earth. FAT MEAT…. FAT DRINK…A FEAST OF FAT THINGS.

While you youth and young adults were out busy reinventing a word, God had already archived original meaning in the prophecies of Isaiah.

Bare with me for a moment -- I got to get theological again and tell you a little bit about the Major Prophet known as Isaiah. Isaiah was one of the foremost of the Hebrew prophets. We know very little about his personal history aside from the fact that he was married to a woman who was called a “prophetess”. He began as chief prophet of Judah “in the year that King Uzziah died” and retained his prophet status for fifty years, through the reign of King Ahaz, King Hezekiah and possibly King Manassah.

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Johnathan Hester

commented on May 26, 2007

This is an excellent graduation sermon.

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