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THE UNWANTED GENERATION

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached on Lord's Day Morning, April 17, 2005
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

"None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live" (Ezekiel 16:5-6).


Most young people feel lonely today. Most of your parents are so busy pursuing personal goals that they have no time for you. Community life is gone. The family unit is gone. Forty-six million of your generation were murdered by "convenience" abortion. It just wasn't "convenient" to have you - so they killed you before you were born. The few of you who lived were left alone - by parents who were too selfish or too busy to provide a loving home for you. No one ever said it better than Green Day, in the song, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."

I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But it's home to me and I walk alone
I walk this empty street
On the Blvd. of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I'm the only one and I walk alone
I walk alone. I walk alone. I walk alone.
    (Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," 2004).

That is a number-one song - listened to by college and high-school young people all across America - and throughout the world. I do not recommend it - but there it is - a song that describes your generation, "I walk alone. I walk alone. I walk alone. I walk alone…I walk this empty street, On the Blvd. of broken dreams."

Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever felt alone and unwanted? No wonder! Forty-six million of you in America were murdered by "convenience" abortion before you were born. The few of you who lived were left alone - in front of a TV, wandering the streets at night - alone on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

And the Bible describes you in the sixteenth chapter of Ezekiel:

"None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born"
    (Ezekiel 16:5).

Great Spurgeon, prince of preachers, gave a sermon titled "Ezekiel's Deserted Infant" (Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, September 7, 1862). Spurgeon said,

The verse presents to us an infant exposed to die…Its heartless parents have laid it out in the open field, having no regard whatever for it; and there it lies before our eyes, covered with blood, exposed to wild beasts, famishing, ready to [die]. Among many heathen nations there existed the barbarous custom of leaving deformed children to [die] in the woods or fields (ibid.).

Next Sunday morning I will go deeper into this subject.  Next Sunday morning I will preach a sermon titled, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams - A Sermon for the X Generation." I want you to come back next Sunday morning to hear that sermon - which I will preach to young people like you. Bring a friend next Sunday morning. Let's pack this church with young people! Bring every college-age and high-school-age kid you know. Let's tell them that there is an answer to the "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Let's tell them there is an answer to their loneliness! Let's tell them our theme - "Why be lonely? Come home - to church! Why be lost? Come home - to Jesus Christ, the Son of God!"

But this morning, I'm going to draw three simple points from our text:

1. You are lost and lonely.

2. God does not want you to be lost and lonely.

3. God sent His Son to bring you out of sin and loneliness.

I. First, you are lost and lonely.

I don't need to qualify that. I know by talking with countless young people, for many years, that you feel lonely. And why do you feel lonely? The answer is given in our text. Think of it again.

"None eye pitied thee…to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field…" (Ezekiel 16:5).

Isn't that the way you feel much of the time? You go to school. There's a big crowd of young people all around you - but you feel alone - alone in the crowd. You go to the mall. There's a big crowd of people all around you - but you still feel alone. You come home - but no one seems to have time to listen to you. You walk alone. Don't you sometimes feel like that?

"None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field…" (Ezekiel 16:5).

Isn't that the way you feel at night when you walk alone - down the "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"? That's the way David felt when he said,

"No man cared for my soul" (Psalm 142:4).

That's the way Jesus felt the night He was arrested, and

"all the disciples forsook him, and fled" (Matthew 26:56).

That's the way Paul felt when he said,

"All men forsook me" (II Timothy 4:16).

And our text says,

"None eye pitied thee…to have compassion upon thee…"
    (Ezekiel 16:5).

I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known.
Don't know where it goes
But it's home to me and I walk alone.

II. But, secondly, God does not want you to be lost and lonely.

Look at Ezekiel 16:6. Here is what God said to Israel, and what He says to you today. Let us stand and read verse six aloud.

"And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live"
    (Ezekiel 16:6).

You may be seated. Dr. John F. Walvoord said this about the verse,

As God noticed the struggling infant wallowing helplessly (kicking about in her blood), He came to her aid. The life of the infant was hanging in the balance till God ordained her survival: I said [Unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live]; (John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Old Testament, Victor Books, 1985, p. 1255).

This verse instantly reminds us of the Good Samaritan. Jesus told us about a man who was robbed by thieves, wounded and left half dead, all alone on the road to Jericho. Everyone that came by this lonely, dying man looked at him, and then walked away. A priest came to this lonely man, but

"he passed by on the other side" (Luke 10:31).

Another person came down the road

"and looked on him, and passed by on the other side"
    (Luke 10:32).

Finally,

"A certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him" (Luke 10:33)

and saved him. God did not want this wounded man to be left all alone, to die by the side of the road. And God does not want you to die in your sins and spent a lonely eternity in Hell. God does not want you to be lonely and lost.

"The Lord is…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (II Peter 3:9).

God does not want you to be lonely and lost.

III. Third, God sent His Son to bring you out of sin and loneliness.

God said,

"When I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live…"
    (Ezekiel 16:6).

Dr. W. A. Criswell said,

Israel as the child, cast out as worthless and polluted, certainly would have perished if God had not passed by and reached out to her in grace and mercy (The Criswell Study Bible, note on Ezekiel 16:6).

And that is exactly what God did to save you! The most well-known and famous verse in the Bible says it very clearly,

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

God sent Jesus to die on the Cross - to pay the penalty for your sin and save you. You were "polluted" in sin,

"alienated from the life of God" (Ephesians 4:18).

But God sent Jesus to save you. Why? Because He loves you. If you forget everything else I said this morning, remember this - God loves you! He said, "I love you so much that I have sent my Son to die on the Cross to save you from sin and Hell." God loves you! Christ loves you! And we, here in this local church, love you!

We went out to the colleges and malls and streets, and we invited you to come to church this morning. Why did we invite you to come? Because Christ told us to love you! Christ said,

"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled" (Luke 14:23).

And that's our message to you this morning: "Why be lonely? Come home - to church! Why be lost? Come home - to Jesus Christ, the Son of God!"

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, Calling for you and for me,
See, on the portals He's waiting and watching, Watching for you and for me;
Come home, come home, Ye who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, Calling, O sinner, Come home!
    ("Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling" by Will L. Thompson, 1847-1909).


(END OF SERMON)
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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: Ezekiel 16:1-6.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
"Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling" (by Will L. Thompson, 1847-1909).



THE OUTLINE OF

THE UNWANTED GENERATION

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.


"None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live" (Ezekiel 16:5-6).

I.   First, you are lost and lonely, Ezekiel 16:5; Psalm 142:4; Matthew 26:56;
II Timothy 4:16.

II.  Second, God does not want you to be lost and lonely, Ezekiel 16:6;
Luke 10:31-33; II Peter 3:9.

III. Third, God sent His Son to bring you out of sin and loneliness,
Ezekiel 16:6; John 3:16; Ephesians 4:18; Luke 14:23.