Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Name Better Than Sons and Daughters!

(updated)
John Piper's sermon for those who are "Single in Christ" discusses the biblical justification and historical-redemptive blessings promised to those who remain single (read or watch at Desiring God).


Scripture passage:
Isaiah 56:1-7


Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. 2 Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.” 3 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.” 4 For thus says the Lord: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, 5 I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. 6 “And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant— 7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
Much of Piper's sermon was said to be attributed to research conducted by Barry Danylak for his book called, "Redeeming Singleness: How the Storyline of Scripture Affirms the Single Life” (Foreword by John Piper) " His excellent research is available here>>>

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