Rom 9:27-29 The Remnant 3/23/2003

        The R. from the Gentiles and the R. from the Jews (Hos 1:10, 2:23, Rom 9:25-28, Isa 10:21-23)

 

 

 

 

#1. The Valley of Gibeon (Rom 9:28, Isa 28:20-22, Josh 10:5-15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2. Mount Perazim (II Sam 5:17-21)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3. Except the Lord Had Left Us a Remnant (Rom 9:29, Isa 1:8-10, Lam 3:22-23,32-33)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please take the sermon outline in front of you. Here are all the references I am going to cover. And now, please open your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, chapter 9:25 (2X) and also to the Prophecy of Hosea, chapter 2:23 (2X). You recognize these passages were used in the second half of last week's sermon. Today is the 7th sermon on Romans, chapter 9. The title of the sermon today is: "The Remnant" (2X). Perhaps you remember, last week I spoke about "God's People", particularly the vessels of mercy, or the Remnant from among the Gentiles. Today we will cover:

  The R. from the Gentiles and the R. from the Jews (Hos 1:10, 2:23, Rom 9:25-28, Isa 10:21-23)

Let me refresh your memory on how the OT and the NT intertwine at this point. In Hos 2:23 God mentioned the names of two of the children of Hosea, who are representing two groups of people, Lo-Ruhamah or "No Mercy", representing the physical children of Israel, and Lo-Ammi or "Not My People", representing the Gentiles. Then God changed their names in Hos 2:23 (2X), where we read:

Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy (Ruhamah) upon her that had not obtained mercy (Lo-Ruhamah); and I will say to them which were not my people (Lo-Ammi), Thou art my people (Ammi); and they shall say, Thou art my God.

God spoke about salvation. Just like not all the Gentiles will be saved but only a remnant (Ammi), so not all the Jews will be saved but only a remnant (Ruhamah). God repeated this in Rom 9:25 (2X),

Romans 9:25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people (referring to Lo-Ammi); and her beloved, which was not beloved (referring to Lo-Ruhamah).

Here in Rom 9 God mentioned first the remnant of the Gentiles before He mentioned the remnant of the Jews. And then God continued to talk about the remnant of the Gentiles in Rom 9:26 (2X):

Romans 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

This is a quotation from Hos 1:10 (2X). So, let us read this verse in Hos 1:10, where we read:

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people (Lo-Ammi), there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

You must keep in mind that wherever God speaks about Lo-Ammi, or "Not My People" a remnant of the Gentiles is in view. In Rom 9:24-26 God addressed the remnant of the Gentiles. Now, God continues in that same vein in Rom 9:27 (2X), speaking about the remnant of the Jews,

Romans 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Romans 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

In other words, Isaiah also cried about this business of the remnant. Only a remnant from the Jews will be saved. Why is this so? We do not know. We have to leave it in God's hands. He knows what is best for the salvation of His people. Even though the number of the children of Israel will be as numerous as the sand on the seashore, only a remnant of them will become saved. Verse 27 speaks about the remnant of the Jews, and verse 28 speaks about Judgment Day. Both these verses are quotations from Isaiah. God directs us to go to Isaiah and read these verses as they stand in the OT. From Hosea please turn about 300 pages to your left () to the Prophecy of Isaiah 10:21 (2X). There in Isaiah chapter 10 God is using the armies of Assyria to be the rod of His anger and of His indignation. God is bringing them against the Northern kingdom of Israel, and God is using Assyria to destroy the Northern kingdom of Israel. Then God comforts the godly among them that they may not be grieved at such desolation; the Lord will at least collect a remnant of them. We read in Isa 10:21,

Isaiah 10:21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.

Isaiah 10:22-23 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.

We can see the words that have been quoted from Isa 10:22. But what has this to do with the remnant of the Jews referred to in Rom 9:27? You see, in 709 BC Israel was cut off from the kingdom of God because of their idolatry and ingratitude to Jehovah, and only a small remnant was preserved. This was the consumption: they were being consumed. When God dictated the Epistle to the Romans through the Apostle Paul, the same thing had occurred. The Jews were cut off from the Kingdom of God on account of their ingratitude to Christ, and only a small remnant was saved. But this was the consumption that overflowed with righteousness. Place a sticker in Isaiah and return to Rom 9:28,

#1. The Valley of Gibeon (Rom 9:28, Isa 28:20-22, Josh 10:5-15). We read in Rom 9:28,

Romans 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

What in the world could this mean? This is a quotation from Isa 28:21, so let us turn again to the Prophecy of Isaiah, chapter 28, and let us begin reading in verse 20. Isa 28:20 (2X). This again is a prophecy of Judgment addressed to the Northern kingdom of Israel. Chapter 28 begins with these words: "Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower". Now compare Rom 9:28 with Isa 28:21. Let us begin to read in Isa 28:20,

Isaiah 28:20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

Isaiah 28:21 For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.

Isaiah 28:22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.

Especially the words of Isa 28:21 are a reference to Rom 9:28. God does not literally quote Isa 28:

21 in Rom 9:28, but the words of verse 21, "that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act" remind us strongly of the words in Rom 9:28. Spiritually, the scene in both these verses is the Final Tribulation Period (FTP) before Judgment Day. This is the "short work", in Rom 9 and this is the "strange work" in Isa 28. In Rom 9:28 the Lord will so cut short and cut off His people, that the residue may seem as it were a consumption, so that it may have the appearance of a very great ruin. However, the remnant who shall remain from the consumption shall be proof of the work of God's righteousness, and you cannot play games with God. In Isa 28:21 the Lord formerly performed miracles when He wished to save His people; now He will perform miracles in order to destroy those people; for since the Israelites have degenerated they have become God's enemies, and they shall feel the hand of God for their destruction. Then the remnant who shall remain shall be a testimony of God's strange act, an uncommon act.

Having said that, we are still left with the unexplained Mount Perazim and the Valley of Gibeon. Please turn to the Prophecy of Joshua, which is about 730 pages to your left (), Joshua 10:5 (2X).

The children of Israel came out of Egypt, 40 years later they entered the Promised land, first they destroyed Jericho, and then they destroyed Ai. Then God instilled fear in the hearts of the Gibeonites and they deceived Israel, pretending that they were people from a far country. They made a treaty with Israel that they would be their servants. So Israel fell into that trap and made peace with them. A few days later Israel discovered that the Gibeonites lived in 4 cities in the land of Canaan. But Israel had sworn an oath that they would not attack the Gibeonites. "Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the Lord, even unto this day". But the rest of the Canaanites considered this an act of treason by the Gibeonites. Then we read:

Joshua 10:5 Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.

Joshua 10:6 And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us.

Joshua 10:7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor.

Joshua 10:8 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.

Joshua 10:9 Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.

Joshua 10:10 And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.

Joshua 10:11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

Joshua 10:12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in "the book of Jasher"? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

Joshua 10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

Joshua 10:15 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.

Wow! All this happened in the Valley of Gibeon. What was this all about? It was the principle that:

The Lord fights for His people. This is a fundamental principle that God practiced already since the first sin of Adam and Eve. When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, God could have passed the responsibility back to Adam. God could have said: "You messed it up, now you fix it". The result would have been that all mankind would be condemned to Hell. We humans are simply no match for Satan and his demons. God fought for Abel, the second son of Adam and Eve. God made sure that during his lifetime Abel became Born Again, and when his testimony on earth was finished God used his brother Cain as the instrument to take him home. If any of you has become a child of God, then it means that God was guiding the events in your life, except for sin. You sin by your own volition. That is all the free will that you have. Everything else in your life is a gift from God, because God watched over you every second of your life. When the Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died for your sins on the cross He fought for you, and He guaranteed that His fight for you was successful. But the Lord will only fight for His people, His Elect. He passes by all the Reprobate. It is in this light that we must see the battle in the Valley of Gibeon. First of all, was Israel's treaty with the Gibeonites a mistake? If it was a mistake, then God would not have defended the Gibeonites, and God would not have fought for them. But the fact is that God did fight for Gibeon and God fought for Israel. God did not fight for the entire nation of Israel, but God fought for His people, His Elect, who were at that time part of the nation of Israel and part of the nation of Gibeon. Therefore God fought for Israel. God had mercy on the Gibeonites, and that is why God made Gibeon unite with Israel. This was not a result of the cleverness of the Gibeonites, or a result of the gullibility of the Israelites, but it was God's plan all along. And herein we see that the Gibeonites represented the remnant of the Gentiles who became saved. Remember, they were made hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of Jehovah. What a wonderful way to serve! This was no penalty for the Gibeonites. God was letting them know whom they were serving. They were no longer serving their idols, but they were serving Jehovah. And Jehovah says of Himself: "I, even I, am Jehovah, and beside Me there is no Savior" (Isa 43:11). Can you see that this is referring to the Lord Jesus Christ? Did you notice that Gibeon did not do any fighting? The Lord Jesus Christ fought for them. And this is also true if anyone of us has become saved. The Lord Jesus Christ is doing the fighting for us, because the enemy is too great. And then we read in verse 14,

Joshua 10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

Now, this is hard to believe in the historical framework. Is not the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ the most glorious day in history, and did not God hearken unto the voice of a man, the man Christ Jesus? Christ pleaded for us, there at Calvary, and God hearkened unto Him. In addition, is not the Last Day in the history of the world also a most glorious day, because on that day Christ, the Judge, will deliver the final judgment of all mankind? Then also God will hearken unto the voice of a man, the man Christ Jesus, and then we will be ushered in to the NH&NE. So then why did God say in Josh 10:14, "And there was no day like that before it or after it"? The answer is that in Josh 10 this was like Judgment Day for the Amorites, and it is a picture of Judgment Day for the whole world. Likewise, on the cross of Calvary it was Judgment Day for the Lord Jesus, but it was also Judgment Day for the whole world, because on the cross all the Elect were judged with Christ and in Christ, and all the rest of the world was declared Reprobate, and will be judged for their own sins. When the Last Day rolls around this judgment at the cross is actually going to be applied. This is what is in view in the Valley of Gibeon. That is why God said in verse 8, "there shall not a man of them stand before thee". Remember where we left off in Isa 28:21, "For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim"

#2. Mount Perazim? (II Sam 5:17-21)

For this we have to turn to II Samuel, chapter 5. From Josh 10 please turn about 150 pages to your right () to the Prophecy of II Sam 5:17 (2X). What happened at Mount Perazim? King Saul was dead and his son Ishbosheth also was dead. In II Samuel, ch. 5 we read that all the tribes of Israel came to David, at Hebron, and they anointed David king over Israel. Now we read in II Sam 5:17,

2 Samuel 5:17 But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.

2 Samuel 5:18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

2 Samuel 5:19 And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

2 Samuel 5:20 And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD

hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim.

2 Samuel 5:21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.

What is so special about this story? The battle was so decisive that the Philistines forgot their idols, and David and his men burned those idols. But the LORD, Jehovah, fought for David against the Philistines. David said in verse 20, "The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters". David used the metaphor of a breaking water dam: the water through the break in the dam rushes forth, destroying everything in its path. That is how Jehovah has broken forth upon the Philistines. The Philistines called this place in verse 18 "the valley of Rephaim", which means "the valley of the giants". They liked to think of themselves as giants in the business of making war. But God, through David, called this place "Baalperazim", which means "Lord of the breaks". Isaiah gave another name for Baalperazim. He called it Mount Perazim, to eliminate the name of Baal from the geography of Judah. There at Baalperazim, or Mount Perazim, the Lord fought for David. David was a picture of Christ, as the representative of all His people, the remnant that is in Israel.

Now I want to summarize what we have seen so far. What have we seen in these OT events?

Please turn again to Rom 9:28 and Isa 28:21 (2X), the two passages that we started out with. We need to see in front of us again the words of these two verses. We started with Rom 9:28 (2X),

Romans 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

This refers to God's short work during the FTP, particularly the salvation of the Remnant during the FTP, shortly before Judgment Day. Can we see this salvation of the Remnant in the references? The reference I have for this verse is Isa 28:21,

Isaiah 28:21 For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.

In other words, "As He worked in Mount Perazim, and as He worked in the Valley of Gibeon, so the Lord shall do His work, what we may perceive as His strange work during the FTP". Why is it perceived as a strange work? It is perceived as a strange work because formerly God was fighting against the Amorites in the Valley of Gibeon, and God was fighting against the Philistines at Mount Perazim, but now God is fighting against Israel. Remember, Isaiah 28 is a prophecy of judgment against Israel. And just like God was saving His Elect out of Gibeon in the Valley of Gibeon, and just like God was saving His Elect out of Israel in the battle at Mount Perazim, so God is saving His Elect out of the same Israel that He is now fighting. For the Amorites in the Valley of Gibeon, and for the Philistines at Mount Perazim it was the point of no more mercy. In the same manner for the apostate

Israel it is the point of no more mercy, except for the Remnant within Israel.

God's warning against apostasy is found as early as Deut 8, where God said, "Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, " The prophesy that the nation of Israel would definitely go after other gods was given as early as Deut 31, where God said, "This people will rise up, and go awhoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, " Likewise, the prophesy that there will be great apostasy during the FTP is found as early as Dan 7, where God said, "I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; .." All these warnings are warnings to us; "they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come".

Therefore, it should be no surprise to us that apostasy shall be rampant as we approach the end of time. God promised that it will happen. It all fits in God eternal plan for this world. But we must remember that God is not the author of sin. God swore an oath to Abraham, more than 4000 years ago, that God will save His people who are in Christ, His Elect, from all nations and kindred and people and tongues in the world. God will save this Remnant from the Gentiles as well as from the Jews. Now, let us continue in Rom 9:29. We read in Rom 9:29,

#3. Except the Lord Had Left Us a Remnant (Rom 9:29, Isa 1:8-10, Lam 3:22-23,32-33)

Romans 9:29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

This also is a quotation from Isaiah. Please turn now to Isaiah, chapter 1:8 (2X). In Isaiah chapter 1 God is addressing the nation of Judah. They too have been drifting away from the commandments of God, and they too were already feeling the chastening hand of God upon them. We read in Isa 1:8,

Isaiah 1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

Isaiah 1:9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

Isaiah 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

Verse 9 is the quotation in Rom 9:29. This is how God concludes His dissertation on the Election and Reprobation of mankind in Romans chapter 9. There is no glory for man in all of this. Look at us now. God says that we are inherently as wicked as the sodomites were in Sodom and Gomorra. When we look at Adolph Hitler, or we look at Joseph Stalin, we should say, "except for the grace of God, there go I". That is a sad story of the wickedness of mankind. That is not very good for our self-esteem. That is nothing to be proud of. The only glimmer of hope is that God has elected some unto salvation, and the only glimmer of hope is that there are some among us who are truly children of God. If they would not be among us, then God would destroy us all, like He did in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra and Admah and Zeboim. Yes, God operates as a Sovereign, both in Election and in Reprobation. But it is necessary for God to operate sovereignly, because of the wickedness of mankind. There is no other way God could save anyone, except by operating as a Sovereign King, because that is who He is. Anyone who becomes saved is saved by the grace of God.

From Isa 1 please turn about 190 pages to your right () to the Lamentations of Jeremiah, chapter 3:22 (2X). Mankind is so dead in trespasses and sins that none of us would want the salvation which God offers. Therefore, the only ones who will believe the Bible are those whom God makes to believe, by planting in them a new heart that yearns after God. This is what Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:7, "Ye must be born again". We do not make ourselves "born again"; God does that to us without our approval. We read here in Lam 3:22-23,

Lam 3:22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Lam 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

God is compassionate and merciful to all those whom He elected from before the foundation of the world. Every morning we wake up because God is merciful to us. We deserve to be consumed because of our sins, which we continue to commit, because we continue to live in this sinful body. But so great is His faithfulness to His children that He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to the cross to endure the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for the sins of His people. And the Father is faithful to His promise to Christ that He will save all those for whom Christ has suffered and died. And when we sin, and we need correction in this life, God gently chastens us as a heavenly loving Father. We read in:

Lamentations 3:32-33 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

This is how God gently nudges us back in the right direction. We are called:

Please turn again to the Epistle to the Romans, chapter 11:5 (2X). When we see the word grace, do we realize that grace means a FREE gift? Grace is a gift given that is not earned or deserved. Therefore, we cannot DO anything to inherit eternal life. It must be absolutely a free gift. We read in:

Rom 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

It is either a FREE gift, which is grace, or it is obtained by work. But if it is by work, then do not call it grace, because that is a lie. If you must reach out to Jesus, or if the only thing you must do is open the door of your heart, or if the only thing you must do is believe, then the gift is no longer FREE.

Now, if we are part of that Remnant, chosen by grace, does God have a purpose for us? Each time in history the Remnant served to continue the Kingdom of God. For example, before the Flood the Remnant served to preserve a godly seed through which Noah came forth. After the Flood all world events focused on the generation of Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees. After Abraham moved out of Ur of the Chaldees that civilization ceased to exist. After Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob the Remnant within Israel served to preserve a godly seed through which Christ was born. After the Pentecost the Remnant of the Jews and the Remnant of the Gentiles served to spread the Gospel throughout the world. Now think about US. If we are among the Remnant of the Gentiles, does God have a purpose for us? Our purpose is to spread the Gospel throughout the world. Do we actually do that? Do we do that with just 2% of our time and 4% of our income? What fraction of our time and income should be given to the work of the church? Just think about that. Christ gave His all for us, that we might inherit a glorious eternity. What do we give to Him in gratitude for what He has done for us? Please turn about 100 pages to your right () to the Epistle to Titus 3:4 (2X). When we think of His cross we think of His love for us. God addressed Titus, through the pen of the Apostle Paul, and God instructed Titus in the preaching of the Gospel that he was assigned to. What must he preach?

Titus 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Titus 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

Tit 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

According to His mercy He saved us. What is mercy? Mercy is God withholding from us what we do deserve. God is withholding from us the penalty of eternal damnation, because Christ already paid that for us, in our place. And so we, the people of God, the Remnant chosen by grace from the OT as well as from the NT time, become the heirs of God; we are the inheritors of God, and God inherits us because Christ purchased us. We are His prized possession. He paid an enormous price for every one of His people. He washed us from our sins at the cross and then applied that cleansing by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which means that He made us "born again".

We must thank Him every hour of each day for such a great salvation. For example we can thank Him in the words of a poem by Horatius Bonar, which he wrote in the year 1864:

Not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.

Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;

Not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

Thy power alone, O Son of God, can this sore bondage break..

No other work save Thine, no other blood will do;

No strength save that which is divine can bear me safely through.

And with unfaltering lip and heart I call this Savior mine.

'This He that saveth me and freely pardon gives;

I love because He loveth me; I live because He lives.

 

Those are the words of Hymn # 389 that we are going to sing.

Amen. Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.