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Reproach Rolled Away

Fourth Sunday in Lent

from the book
Deformed, Disfigured, And Despised
First Lesson Sermons For Lent/Easter Cycle C


Carlyle Fielding Stewart III



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After wandering in the wilderness 39 years, braving many dangers, toils, and snares, and after watching a generation of their mothers and fathers perish in the wilderness, the Hebrews celebrate the first Passover in the Promised Land. This is the third Passover since their last at the foot of Mount Sinai. The first Passover they hovered in fear as they ate their unleavened bread, roasted lamb, and bitter herbs and prayed to God in hope that the blood of sacrifice which marked the door frames of their homes would allow God to pass them over and spare their firstborn sons from the plague of death. Now they were preparing for a Passover where they would eat more than the hurried meal and which would not be eclipsed by the lengthening shadows of fear and terror that marked their earlier celebrations.

Now they could eat in peace. Now they could anticipate movement into the new land because the reproach of Egypt was...

This Fourth Sunday in Lent sermon, Reproach Rolled Away, is based on Joshua 5:9-12 and relates to Fourth Sunday in Lent of Cycle C of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Deformed, Disfigured, And Despised . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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