Sermon: (November 29, 2015) “Roots”
Date: November 29, 2015
Speaker: Steve Elliott
Text: Nehemiah 8:1-12
Every goodbye has a foretaste of death within it, while every reunion carries a hint of the resurrection.
“Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” –J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
You discover in such moments that you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.
They are a people without a national memory.
They are a people group without a meaningful identity that only comes with a shared past, a shared story.
He knows that it is all about their story which they do not even know.
This is God is telling them that they had an identity, they belong to him and that He loves them and they have roots. They have a home in the heart of God.
Walls and gates are nothing if you are not a people. Bricks don’t connect you … stories do!
To be a people you must be connected with a story…your story.
This account is in our Bibles to remind us that in finding salvation we are discovering our place in God’s story.
We observe them not because God sternly says we have to, but because they connect us with our story and the historic church of all time.
And perhaps this account in is our Bibles to remind us of the value of rituals for our own families.
This account is in our Bibles to remind us of how disconnecting sin is.
“I belong to the Blank Generation. I have no beliefs. I belong to no community, tradition, or anything like that. I’m lost in this vast, vast world. I belong nowhere. I have absolutely no identity.”