SERMON

Work

ALOITSD - Part 9

Rev. Tom Masterson

February 4, 2024

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Work – Part 9
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Scripture

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

1Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
    and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
    are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
    when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

1-2 If God doesn’t build the house,
    the builders only build shacks.
If God doesn’t guard the city,
    the night watchman might as well nap.
It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late,
    and work your worried fingers to the bone.
Don’t you know he enjoys
    giving rest to those he loves?

3-5 Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
    the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
    are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
    with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you;
    you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

Cántico de ascenso gradual; de Salomón.

1Si el Señor no edifica la casa,
en vano trabajan los que la edifican;
si el Señor no guarda la ciudad,
en vano vela la guardia.
Es en vano que os levantéis de madrugada,
que os acostéis tarde,
que comáis el pan de afanosa labor,
pues Él da a su amado aun mientras duerme.

He aquí, don del Señor son los hijos;
y recompensa es el fruto del vientre.
Como flechas en la mano del guerrero,
así son los hijos tenidos en la juventud.
Bienaventurado el hombre que de ellos tiene llena su aljaba;
no será avergonzado
cuando hable con sus enemigos en la puerta.

The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’;

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Sermon Notes

  1. Work With God. v. 1-2 
    • Keep Him At The Center. v. 1  
      • Trust That He Is At Work. John 4:17 
      • Work Toward His Purpose.  
    • Keep A Balanced Perspective. v. 2 
      • God Has Work For You To Do. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12
      • Work Is Not Your God!  
      • Be “At Rest”, … At Least Spiritually!  
  2. Invest In People. v. 3-5  
    • Build Up What Is Most Valuable To God. v. 3-4 
      • Souls Have Eternal Value. v. 3 
      • Souls Have Present Value. v. 4  
    • Keep God’s Human Priority. v. 5 
      • Your Work Is More Than What You Get Paid For.  
      • Your Reward Is More Than What You Get Paid. 
      • Be There For Others So They’ll Be There For You!

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