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The Anvil of God

November 26, 2016

Sermon of the Day: Thanksgiving Toward the Past, Faith Toward the Future

 

 

Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.

Blacksmith working metal with hammer on the anvil in the forge

Good Morning Men. The analogy from the sermon above has been stuck in my head for a few days now. My hope and prayer is that it will do the same to you.

I have copied the text of the first few minutes of the above sermon. Listening to the whole sermon will be much better but for those of you that may not have time, I hope the text below helps you.

 

 

Copied from Thanksgiving Toward the Past, Faith Toward the Future Sermon, John Piper.

 

Let’s begin with a parable today. Once upon a time in land before there were any cars or modern machines — a time when horses and carriages and wagons were common on the dirt roads — there was a blacksmith shop with a large, heavy, well-worn anvil. One day a little farm boy, who had never left the farm, came with his father to town for the first time. Everything was new and different. As he walked with his father down the unpaved main street, he heard a loud clang . . . clang . . . clang. He said to his father, “What’s that?” His father said, “Come, I’ll show you.” He took his son to the door of the blacksmith’s shop. And there the boy saw a huge man, a strong man, lifting a big, heavy hammer with a long handle and a large head on it high in the air, as if to chop down a tree, and then crashing it down on a glowing piece of metal on top of the anvil. He hit the anvil so hard that it made the boy wince with every blow. His father explained to him that this was a blacksmith who made all kinds of metal pieces for wagons and carriages and plows and tools and horseshoes.

But the little boy was fixed on one thing: the long, heavy hammer and the great metal anvil. They met each other with such a loud sound and with such a force that he thought surely this anvil could not last long. The big, strong blacksmith paused for a moment to catch his breath, and saw the boy standing in the doorway. “Aren’t you going to break that thing?” the boy asked, pointing at the anvil. But the blacksmith smiled and said, “This anvil is a hundred years old and has worn out many hammers.”

The Bible: Forged in the Furnace of Truth

Here’s the point of the parable. The Bible is an anvil that has worn out a thousand hammers. In every generation, new, huge, heavy hammers are forged against the truth of the Bible. And strong men lift the hammers and pound on the Scriptures. People with no historical perspective — like little boys who’ve never been to town — see it and say, “Surely the Bible will be destroyed.” But others who know their history a little better say, “This Bible was forged in the furnace of divine truth and has worn out many hammers.”

In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah said, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8). And Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

Men the question comes down to, What are you standing on through the storms, trials and challenges of life? What are you going to pound your thoughts and emotions against? My hope and prayer is that we will all choose something trustworthy. Something rock solid that has stood the test of time. Most importantly that not only do we choose it in words, but in actions. May the Lord bless you all with ears to hear, eyes to see and hearts to understand.

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