Abigail brings wise counsel and glory to the situation with David. David starts to manifest some of his character flaws in 'taking' Abigail to be his wife. This pattern of 'taking' will follow David as he becomes king.
Nabal is a foolish rich man that treats David with contempt. David and his men are ready to destroy Nabal but Nabal's wise wife intervenes in the situation. Abigail shows great wisdom and acts as a shrewd advisor for David when he needs it most.
Judah has returned from exile but things are not going well. Sin has entered into the nation again and the Psalmist cries out for forgiveness and restoration. God is the only one that can bring an answer to their situation. In this Psalm, we learn that God about God's covenant love, faithfulness, righteousness, and peace.
David saves the city of Keilah from the Philistines and Saul finds out David is at Keilah. Saul is going to surround David at Keilah and kill him but David consults the ephod and is told that the people of Keilah will deliver him over the Saul. David flees and escapes from Saul's plan. His friend Jonathan meets up with David and reassures him that he will be king and not to fear.
In this passage, there is a realization between Jonathan and David that Saul is determined to have David killed. This meeting marks another realization that things will never be the same again. The beauty of the passage is found in the commitment between the two friends to remain faithful to the covenant they made with one another.
Jonathan is an extraordinary man. He is loyal to his friend David but he also acts as a trusted advisor for his flawed father Saul. Jonathan is a man that can sleep well at night because of his integrity.
Jonathan and David's friendship is one of the greatest examples of friendship found in the Bible. They are committed to one another and their friendship is not based on some type of 'user' mentality. Jonathan will have to sacrifice greatly because of his commitment to David and his father Saul.
David is crying out to God to intervene on his behalf. Men, acting like dogs, try to ensnare him. They want to do him bodily harm and they slander him. David knows that God is faithful and God will be his fortress during this time of distress.
David finally get an opportunity to go to the front lines of the battle against the Philistines. He was suppose to bring supplies to his brothers but instead gets caught up in a possible reward for killing the giant named Goliath. David's brother, Eliab, hears about him asking about the reward and reprimands him for doing so. Saul hear him on the other hand and offers him a chance at the reward.
After David's anointing and his subsequent "adoption" by King Saul, David is back in the fields caring for the sheep. Meanwhile, Israel has found itself at a stalemate when the Philistines bring the front of the battle a giant of whom the whole army of Israel - including Saul - are afraid. This giant wears over 100 lbs of armor and carries a magnificent javelin and sword but David shows no fear.
David has just been anointed as the "prince" of Israel and immediately the Spirit of God leaves Saul and comes to David. IN the absence of this Spirit, an evil spirit comes and invades Saul. Seeking out some distraction from this spirit, Saul calls David into service as one who can play the harp so that he might drive this spirit out in times of distress and anxiety. What does all all of this tell us about the Old Testament's view of the Spirit of God and how does it contrast with what we find in the New Testament scriptures?
Saul has been an unmitigated disaster as the new king. God has sent Samuel to Bethlehem to anoint a new king named David that will change the course of Hebrew and biblical history. We learn in this story to see with the eyes of God and not the eyes of this world.
Paul had plans to come to Rome and eventually use Rome as a launching point for his mission to Spain. Paul would end up in Rome and the gospel would be successful but it would occur in a way that Paul did not imagine.
Paul pauses his argument for a song of praise. In this song of praise Paul quotes from five different OT passages and the common theme of all these passages is that God's plan always included the Gentiles. Paul makes it clear that the promises made to Israel were eventually going to be promises that would bless the entire world.
The Son of God came to this earth and took on flesh. He died for our sins and bore our reproach. He was here to serve and care for us. Paul instructs the Roman Christians that despite their differences and issues they should welcome one another as Christ welcomes them.
The Psalmist marvels at how God is so great and majestic and yet He still exalts man and cares for us. We are called to be God's co-regents and to take the dominion mandate into the world. The dominion mandate has been restored in Christ in what we call the Great Commission.
Paul explains that as Christians we should never want to destroy our brother or sister in Christ. We do not want them to stumble until they fall from the faith. So how do we differentiate between issues that are real stumbling blocks and issues of simply hurting someone's feelings? We discuss that question in today's podcast.
In our passage today Paul deals with the complex issue of dealing with difficulties and disagreements in the church. How do we deal with topics of opinion and conscience in our churches? Paul lays out a way forward today in this reading.
Paul explains to the Christians in Rome that loving our neighbor fulfills the Law. We find that in Romans 8 Jesus fulfilled the Law for us and in Romans 13 Jesus fulfills the law through us. Also, we are living in the in-between time of the resurrection and the second coming of Christ. Because we are living in the 'in-between' time we are to conduct ourselves as children of light.
In our passage today we find one of the more comprehensive treatments of the idea of God and the role of government. How should Christians think about government? Is it okay for Christians to be anarchists and disruptors of society? We will tackle these issues in today's podcast.
This Psalm is one of the most comprehensive pictures found in Scripture of the character and nature of God. God is the giver of all good blessings and our proper response is to praise him with every bit of our lives.
Paul succinctly and clearly lays out a truly Christian ethic. If you are a Christ-follower and you want to truly know in a simple and concise way what it looks like to follow Him you can't find a better passage.
It is by grace that God has gifted the church to be able to grow up into maturity. The members each have God-given gifts that allow the body of Christ (the church) to fully function as a unified whole.
Paul tells the Roman Christians that the logical response to God's mercy is an entire life of self-sacrifice and worship. We are called to constantly renew our minds so that they are in line with God's will.
After Paul went through his belief about his fellow countrymen one day coming to faith in Jesus he launches into a time of praise and worship. In this reading, we see an exalted view of God and the reasons He should be praised.
Paul's prayer is for ethnic Israel and their salvation. He makes it clear that their salvation will be by faith in their Messiah Jesus. He also points out that there will be a future time when the Israelites will turn to faith in Jesus and once again be grafted into the olive tree of God's family. This future component is a mystery but it is based on God's mercy.
Here is the link to Philip's blog that we discussed in the podcast: https://philsfiction.com/blog/
Paul tells the Gentiles that they have been grafted into the olive tree of God's people. There is no reason to boast or glory about this because it is by God's grace that He has done this. Paul also tells us that this grafting of the Gentiles may lead Israel to faith in Christ through their jealousy.
Paul asks the stinging question, "Did God reject His people?" Paul goes on to remind the reader of Romans that there have been other times in history when Israel was faithless while He was faithful. There were times when God preserved a remnant that stayed faithful.
Part of God's plan from all time was the inclusion of the Gentiles into God's people. In this passage, Paul draws from Deuteronomy 32 and Isaiah 65 to remind his Jewish brethren that they should not be shocked by the Gentiles coming into God's new covenant people. This was part of God's plan from the time of Abraham in Genesis 12 and Genesis 15.
Many people misunderstand what Paul means by 'calling on the name of the Lord' and just how faith and obedience work in his writings. In this podcast, we clear up some misunderstandings and try to provide some clarity on the issue of hearing, faith, and obedience.
Paul builds on the idea that the word is near us and tells his readers that with our mouths we confess Jesus as Lord and with our hearts, we believe in the resurrection. The result is the salvation of the Roman Christians.
Paul demonstrates that a righteousness based on the observance of the Law is not possible. God, in Christ, has brought about our rescue by Jesus doing for us what we could not have accomplished. The word is near us and it is accessible because of what Jesus accomplished for us.
In this passage, Paul explains how his Jewish brethren had a zeal for God not based on the knowledge of Jesus. He desired that his countrymen would see that Jesus was the true Messiah of Israel and was their final hope.
In today's episode, we explore the big question, "What about Israel?" Paul informs us that there is a remnant of Israelites and Gentiles that are saved by grace. God has been faithful to HIs promises and the true Israelites are not Israelites of the flesh but they are Israel of the promise. In other words, the true Israel is the people that have put their faith in Jesus the Lord and Messiah of Israel.
Paul is answering the question, "What about Israel?" Israel had all the advantages but it seems that by her unfaithfulness God was somehow impugned. Paul makes it clear that there is an Israel according to flesh and an Israel according to the promise.
Asaph begins this Psalm in a state of self-centeredness. He makes a transition in his perspective when he goes before the Lord in worship. When he comes into God's presence his perspective changes. His message to us is this - it is not about your circumstances it is about your attitude.
In today's bonus podcast I am joined by Bible scholar David Stark from Faulkner University. Dr. Stark discusses new research on the intended audience for the book of Romans and the doctrine of predestination.
Dr. Stark is a professor and research fellow in biblical studies. His complete bio can be found here: https://www.faulkner.edu/directory/david-stark/
Dr. Stark also has his own educational biblical studies website found here: https://www.jdavidstark.com/
Dr. Stark created a sentence reader guide for the Bible for our Illuminated Word listeners and it can be found here: https://www.jdavidstark.com/subscribe/sentence-reading-guide/
If you want more information on what Dr. Stark said concerning predestination you can find more information in this scholarly article that he produced at this site:http://www.preciousheart.net/ti/2009/24-040_Stark_Israel_Individual_Corporate_Election.pdf
Dr. Stark has an exciting project coming up with a series of essays that can be found here:https://www.amazon.com/Scripture-First-Biblical-Interpretation-Christian/dp/1684260914/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=jdavidstark-20&linkId=ecbc5836ec4a377de7e65bc5ac9d640d&language=en_US
Paul makes it clear that the Law is like a spotlight on sin. Many people understand sin but the Law takes it a step further by showing us that our sin is actually a transgression against God's will. This leads to the cycle of Law-sin-death that only Jesus can release us from.
Paul lays out two paths for the Roman Christians. They can choose to remain in their sins and be in the bondage of sin and death or they can choose grace. Grace releases them from them the bondage of sin and makes them servants of righteousness in Christ.
David is going through a time in his life when friends and foes alike are using the power of words to take him down. He is sick and others are taking advantage of his weakness. God will rescue Him and vindicate him in his weakness.
Paul makes it clear to the church at Rome that they have a choice. They have been freed from the bondage of sin and they are to think this new reality through. This freedom from sin is factual and real.
After Paul explained the extravagant grace that God bestows on us one could get confused and believe that one could remain in their sin so that they could get more grace. Paul reminds the Roman Christians that in their past they were baptized into Christ and their baptism signaled a break with the bondage of sin. It also signaled a resurrection future for them.
James Dunn comments that Romans 5:12-17 is about original death. This passage reminds us of the serious nature of 'total death' that we experience because of sin and the complete redemption that we have in Jesus. The life we have in Christ is based solely on grace.
The Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and the love of God is poured into our lives. The centerpiece of God's love for us is the cross of Jesus Christ. Paul reminds us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
Paul establishes that we no longer stand under the wrath of God but we are justified by faith. In chapter 5 he transitions to make the point that we have assurance in Christ and that we stand in grace.
David describes how the wicked have no fear of the Lord before their eyes. The faithful person always has the Lord before them. Even when mankind is unrighteous God will always be loving, righteous, and faithful.
Paul demonstrates that the same faith that justified Abraham justifies the believer in Christ. We are declared righteous by God as a gracious act. God credited to us righteousness based on our faith and not on our works.
Abraham believed in the promises of God even when the promises seemed impossible. The strength of Abraham's faith is amazing and inspirational. He believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.
Paul tells us in this passage that our salvation is based on the gracious actions of God and not on our work or performance. Abraham believed and trusted God's promises. We are called to live a life of faith and it is the life of faith that pleases God.
Paul explains in our passage why radical secular humanism is a bad idea. He lays out the universal nature of our sin and our dependence on God. No one is righteous before God and all are in need of mercy and grace.
In our reading today Paul discusses the advantage of being a Jew. They were entrusted with Scripture and the covenants. In this section, Paul lays out the faithfulness of God to His promise in the face of our unfaithfulness to Him.
In our Psalm today David is going through a major trial. His son Absalom has rebelled and is marching on Jerusalem. At this time David cries out to God and with confidence can say, "into your hands I commit my spirit."
Paul reproves a person that commands others to do things but then fails to live up to that teaching. This commonly called practicing what you preach. At the end of chapter 2, Paul comes to the conclusion that God wants our hearts.
In our reading today Paul takes up the difficult topic of how some Gentiles seem to have obeyed God's law more than the Jews even though they do not have the law. How do we deal with this idea of the "Law written on their hearts?" In today's podcast, we take up this difficult passage.
Paul's main point in our reading for today is that God is impartial. God judges all people groups the same. Paul is leading the reader of this book to the point that we know that we must have Jesus to be saved.
Paul switches gears in Romans 2. In chapter 1 he had addressed the Gentiles and their idolatry. In chapter 2 he addresses Jews that used hypocritical judgment against the Gentiles. Once Paul is done with his overview of the human condition we realize that without Christ we are hopeless.
David has a near-death experience due to illness and God rescues him from his distress. David gives praise to God for His mercy and rescue. David also reminds us that in times of our hubris we can be humbled and reminded of our total dependence on God.
When people worship the created order it warps them into something God never intended for them. God has a plan for us and that plan leads us to flourish and to fully live. The pagans at Rome had forfeited that plan and it led them to the slavery of sin.
Paul gives his thesis statement for the book of Romans by proclaiming what God has done in the gospel. The gospel is God's power to save us. The proclaimed gospel does not tell us to lift yourselves up but it does the lifting.
We continue working through Paul's introduction to the Roman church. Paul longed to come to Rome to visit this church. It was a church that Paul did not plant but he prayed for them daily. Paul knew that his preaching would bless this church and their faith, in turn, would bless him.
David reminds us of the ultimate holiness, power, and glory of God in this Psalm. David takes us from the heavenly realm where God is due all honor and praise, to a thunderstorm coming from the sea, and to the peace of God's people who dwell in God's strength.
Jesus appears to His disciples after His resurrection and performs a miracle that hearkens us back to a miracle he worked in Luke 5. What is it about Jesus that causes Peter to respond to Him in John 21:8 as he does?
Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb of Jesus early on Sunday morning and realizes that the tomb is empty. Peter and John come to investigate and they both believe because of the evidence they see. What evidence convinces them? We explore that in our podcast today.
Joseph of Arimathea comes to Pilate and takes a great risk by asking for the body of Jesus. Joseph and Nicodemus had followed Jesus from afar throughout John's gospel but now they come out in the open and identify with Jesus by helping give Him a burial fit for royalty.
In this Psalm, we are reminded that Jesus descended into the abode of the dead but His stay was not permanent. He was vindicated and victorious by his bodily resurrection. It is in His resurrection that we take hope.
Peter denies Jesus three times while warming himself at a charcoal fire outside the residence of the High Priest. A few days later after the resurrection of Jesus, the Lord will have a conversation with Peter about Peter's new mission over a charcoal fire.
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In today's reading, Judas brings the soldiers to arrest Jesus. Jesus gives them a glimpse of His glory when He states, "I am He." When he says this the hardened soldiers fall to the ground in the presence of the incarnate Lord.
In the final portion of Jesus's High Priestly Prayer, he turns his attention to us. He turns His attention to those Christians that will come from the testimony of the Apostles. He prays that we will be unified and filled with God's glory. He prays that we will understand the full weight of the unity that we have with He and the Father. We know that this unity is achieved by the work of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is giving his last instructions to His followers. We get a window into his deepest thoughts as we get to witness His longest prayer in the Bible. He has come to accomplish the will of the Father and now HIs hour has come.
Psalm 22 was written a thousand years before Christ was born but in this Psalm, we get a striking prophecy about the crucifixion of Jesus in detail. This Psalm follows the entire cycle of Jesus's death and subsequent victory through His resurrection and deliverance.
Jesus gives His followers a new commandment to love one another. The newness of this command is found in that He tells them that they are to love one another as He has loved them. The example of love that we are to have is the self-giving sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
If you are at home and are looking for a sermon and worship we would love for you to tune in with us at Westgate. In our sermon, we will continue in our study of the Gospel of John. Our passage will come from John 14:16-26 and we are asking the question, "Who is the Holy Spirit?"
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In this Psalm, we learn we have a champion that ascended the hill of God on our behalf. Because of this we can enter into God's throne room because our champion, Jesus, is the great High Priest who intercedes for us.
In our reading today Jesus speaks to us to give us assurance. Assurance that if we are in Him nothing can take us away from His love. He knows us and we know Him and we listen to the words of our shepherd. Our assurance is based on the bedrock of the gospel and His promises to us.
In our reading today David gives a powerful and moving picture from his own experience of shepherding. David tells us that God leads us through the best of times and the worst of times. We can trust in God's loving shepherding and in the end, we will dwell with Him for eternity.
As the Light of the World Jesus comes to bring sight to those that are spiritually blind. Those that live in self-righteousness and pride are blinded by the light of Christ because they cannot admit to the sin that has enslaved them.
Jesus heals the man born blind and this man comes under fire from the Pharisees. What did he do wrong? He only acknowledged that Jesus had to come from God to be able to work such a miracle. We find out in today's reading that if you take a stand on Jesus you may suffer persecution and ridicule.
In our reading, we learn that part of the work and glory of Jesus is to bring sight to the blind and release of the captives. Jesus's mission manifests itself in this powerful miracle of the man being healed of his blindness.
The heavenly bodies in all their power and grandeur pour out speech about God. They tell us that our God is glorious and powerful. When we look up at a starry night or feel the consistent warmth of the Sun we are reminded of God's power and provision.
In our reading, we have a paradox. Jesus, on one hand, says that a disciple must abide in His word but on the other hand He says that we will be set free. This text challenges the common understanding that freedom is found in doing what I always want to do. Jesus came to free us from the prison of our own sinful hearts.
In today's reading, Jesus tells the crowd He is going away. They are confused by His statement and cannot understand that He is speaking of the hour of His glorification. Jesus will go to the cross, He will be resurrected, and He will ascend back to His Father in glory. This fact of history will change the world forever.
Jesus says at the feast of Tabernacles, "I am the Light of the World." During that feast, they celebrated God leading them in the darkness by the pillar of fire during the Exodus. Jesus reveals that He is the true light that illuminates the way forward.
In our reading today the Jewish authorities are trying to trap Jesus. They bring a woman before Him who has been caught in adultery. This group does not care about the woman but wants to use her as a pawn against Christ. Jesus gives us some powerful lessons for today's outrage culture in which we condemn people for past mistakes and circle around them to try to destroy them.
David cries out to the Lord for help and He takes confidence in that God is his refuge. Our Psalm today reminds us that even though life can be difficult God will bring us through safely and not even death can separate us from God.
John warns us about loving the things in this world that are in opposition to God's will more than we love the Lord. He gives us the strategy that the evil one uses against us to lure us into sin. Satan uses the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life to entice us to sin against God.
Jesus informs His followers that when you follow Him you will face great opposition at times. We are called to love others but sometimes the response of the world will be hatred toward us. As followers of Jesus we are called to be compassionate and kind but at the same time to take a stand on the truth of Jesus.
Jesus and His mission sometimes will be at odds with the world. Wherever the gospel goes it will challenge some of the norms of that culture. If we are truly following Jesus we will be hated by some. Jesus challenges us to follow Him and put our trust in His plan no matter what the world may say.
The Bible uses three nouns to describe God and they are light, life, and love. God in His very nature is love. God manifests His love for us in the giving of His Son. The death of Jesus on the cross on our behalf is the ultimate sign of God's love for us.
Jesus tells his accusers that He has the power to raise people from the dead. In this passage, He makes fantastic claims that make Himself equal with God. Jesus gives us comfort that if we are in Him we have passed from death to life. One day we will hear His voice and be raised from our tombs.
In this passage, Jesus heals a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. Jesus works this miracle on the Sabbath and this healing brings about brutal opposition. Jesus lets this man know that there something worse than being sick or paralyzed - that is being lost in your sin. Jesus demonstrates to us He is the Lord and is Lord even over the Sabbath.
In our reading today Jesus informs us that He is the bread of life that comes down from heaven. When we eat physical food that food is transformed into our body and into ourselves. In contrast, when we spiritually commune with Christ and feed on Him we are transformed into Him.
In our reading today we get another glimpse of the glory of Jesus. In Job 9:8 we are told that only God strolls on the waves of the sea. In John 6 we witness Jesus walking on the stormy water. Jesus calms His disciples' fears by telling them "I AM - Do not be afraid!" That is a message we all need to hear today!
In our reading, we find that Jesus provides just enough when we need it the most. We are called to trust in God for His provision. Jesus takes bleak situations and transforms them into a superabundance of grace.
In our reading today David is experiencing a great danger to his life and he is getting bad advice from his advisors. He reminds us that God is our refuge and foundation. As long as God is enthroned in His Holy Temple then we are going to be okay. David reminds us to trust God in our circumstances not trust God because of our circumstances.
Jesus demonstrates to us in our reading that the deeper truths of God and His will for our lives should be the most important thing to us. Also, we should see that sharing our faith is an ultimate priority and is as simple as saying, "come and see!"
In the reading today Jesus challenges the concept of sacred space. Because of his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension His people will be able to connect in worship with God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Because we have the gift of the Spirit we can come into God's presence.
Jesus invites the Samaritan woman to the living water that He will give. We find out from John's gospel that 'living water' is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would be given when Jesus had been crucified, resurrected, and ascended back to His Father in glory.
In today's reading, Jesus comes into contact with someone that is the ultimate outsider. In chapter 3 we met Nicodemus who was the ultimate insider and he did not understand the new birth. In John 4 the Samaritan woman, the outsider, understands the mission of Jesus and is transformed by her encounter. Jesus comes to give 'living water' which is the Holy Spirit.
In today's reading, we find the greatest example of how we should relate to Jesus. John the Baptist tells us that Jesus must take first place in our lives. John says, "He must increase and I must decrease."
Jesus continues his conversation with Nicodemus in our reading today. Nicodemus does not understand that we must be born of above or born again to be saved. John informs us that God's greatest gift is the sending of His Son that we may be saved.
Nicodemus was a teacher of the Jews and he came to Jesus in the cover darkness. He had a very surface-level belief in Jesus. Jesus challenges him and all of us by telling Nicodemus that we must be born from above. Many people call this being 'born again.' God doesn't need to do a reformation project on our lives but He calls us to a new form of existence with supernatural life from above.
Isaiah paints a picture of a future time when God will invite His people to a grand feast of good food and wine. While we feast with God He devours death so that we may have eternal life. On that day the specter of death will be destroyed and we will live forever with Him.
In our reading today from John's Gospel we are reminded that simply believing in Jesus is not enough. Jesus calls us to a deep trusting faith that will follow Him. Jesus wants us to surrender our lives to Him and accept Him as our Lord and Savior.
In today's reading, Jesus comes to the Temple and does not like what He sees. People have turned the court of the Gentiles into a house of merchandise instead of a house of prayer. Jesus violently drives the moneychangers and animals from the Temple. Jesus reminds us that He is the true temple of God because he is God with us.
In our reading today John reveals to us the first miracle or sign that Jesus performs. Jesus changes water to wine at a marriage feast in Cana of Galilee. In this sign, we see that just at the right time God saves His best for last.
In Psalm 4 David is expressing his anxiety and anger and how he turns it over to the Lord. He rests on God's righteousness and knows that He can trust him. David advises his readers to not allow anxiety to overcome us in the evening but to turn it over to the Lord.
In today's podcast we explore how we are inadequate when we are faced with the prospect of coming into contact with an all holy and powerful God. Peter feels that way when he gets a glimpse of the glory of Jesus. Also, we see in Luke's gospel a universal call of the gospel that is to go to all the nations.
In our reading today Jesus calls His first disciples. In Mark's gospel, we will find that Jesus is "on the way" and He calls His disciples to go along with Him. Jesus's way is the way of suffering, sacrifice, and death. Jesus calls His followers to be a part of His Kingdom and part of that calling involves suffering along with Jesus.
Matthew tells us that Jesus came proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven. We see that Jesus has come to bring God's just kingdom rule to this earth and part of that mission is to claim a people as His own.
In our reading today we are presented with a picture of Jesus you don't see very often. John tells us that Jesus is the fulfillment of Jacob's ladder which we find in Genesis 28. Jesus links Heaven and earth and brings us a revelation of God.
David tells us the Law of God is perfect in every way. But what about Paul's seeming negative statements about the Law of Moses? Are Paul and David contradicting one another? We tackle this question today in the podcast!
Today marks our 100th episode of this podcast! Today we are told by John that Jesus is God with us. He is the embodiment of the glory, grace, and truth of the God of Israel. God comes to us to rescue us in our inability to fulfill our end of the covenant. God is not only faithful to the covenant he makes- He comes and takes on the penalty of our covenant disobedience so that we may live.
The Psalmist tells us that the created order cries out speech about the existence and power of God. We are called to worship God because of the power of His might as deplayed in the beauty, wonder, and splendor of nature.
In this episode, we explore how God breathed the breath of life into Adam and he became a living person. Because of Adam's disobedience, the human race will be cursed with death. Later Jesus will come and as the 2nd Adam, he will give us eternal life.
Psalm 96 was sung when the Ark of the Covenant was brought to rest in Jerusalem. There was a prophecy from the prophet Amos that one day the nations would stream to Mount Zion (where David brought the Ark) and this was fulfilled by the gospel of Jesus Christ. This Psalm has also been attached to that promise of the gospel going out from Mount Zion.
In our passage today we read about an awful time in Jewish history when Jewish children were ripped from their parent's arms and deported to Babylon. There was a cry and wail that went up because of this. Matthew 2 quotes this passage when it talks about Herod's slaughter of the innocents.
Numbers 24 prophesies about a coming ruler of Israel. That ruler will be signified by a star. This prophecy looks ahead to the astral event that will lead the wise men on their visit to see the Christ child.
Micah prophesies against exploitation and evil among God's people. The irony of this is that Micah 5 is the passage the scribes use to guide the wise men to Bethlehem when the wise men come to visit King Herod. King Herod was the embodiment of all the things Micah prophesied against.
Psalm 72 is one of the two Psalms written by Solomon. He gives us a picture of the Messiah that is to come. The Messiah will be a King that is worshipped by all people and who cares for those who are weak.
Isaiah tells us that the long-awaited king from the line of Jesse will come. He will have wisdom and understanding to rule his people. He will have counsel and power to execute his plans. His coming will signal an overturning of the curse and a new and better Eden on the horizon.
In our reading today we see the Mary is the fulfillment of the Ark of the Covenant. You may ask, "how can a young Jewish girl be the fulfillment of a golden box in the Temple?" Tune in today and find out.
Jesus came to this world to be the King and to reveal the truth. He came to reveal the truth of who we are and the truth about the world. His Kingdom is not of this world but has broken into this world. The Kingdom of God has value systems that some would call upside down. God's kingdom values the weak and upholds those that have no power.
John reminds us that doctrine matters. What we believe about Jesus truly matters. He encourages his readers to understand that God became flesh in the person of Jesus. He also encourages us to remember that we have the gift of the Holy Spirit living in our lives.
In today's episode, we get a look behind the scenes concerning the real identity of Christ. He is the preexistent Son of God who came to us and took on flesh to show us the way forward and give us the right to become children of God.
Today we examine one of Paul's greatest treatises on the resurrection from the dead. If Jesus has not been raised then we are hopeless. The resurrection of Jesus means that one day we will be raised and have new life in Him.
In this episode, we look at the church at Thessalonica. Pau is thankful for their faith, hope, and love. He is also thankful that the power of the gospel has brought them from idol worship to the worship of the true and living God.
Paul is thankful for the faith and love of the church at Ephesus. He reminds us that the same power that was at work in raising Jesus from the dead and exalting Him to the right hand of the Father is at work within us.
In this episode, we discuss how Paul is thankful for the church in Rome. It is amazing that in the capital of the pagan Roman Empire there is a growing community of faith. The faith of the Roman church gave Paul reason to give thanks.
In this episode, we discuss the proper disposition of those whom God has blessed with wealth. The wealthy are called to put their trust in the one who gave them gifts and not put their confidence in their possessions.
In today's episode, we discuss how we are called to be ambassadors of reconciliation. We are a new creation in Christ. God has brought us into communion through the cross of Jesus. Therefore, we are called to tell others this news.
In the reading today we discuss who is the greatest in the kingdom of God. Jesus has told His disciples that He must die and immediately after He teaches them this they are arguing about who will be the greatest in the kingdom.
In this episode, we get a picture of the final judgment. Those that are condemned are not condemned for what they have done wrong but what they have not done. We are called to minister and show hospitality to our brothers and sisters.
In this episode, we discuss how Peter calls us to 'gird up the loins of our minds' and to be sober-minded. We are called to not be conformed to the patterns of fleshly desire but to be holy and set apart in Jesus.
In this episode, we discuss how we are called to have the same mind as Christ. He was fully God and fully man but emptied Himself and died for us. We are called to be obedient and to work out our salvation with fear and trembling because God is at work in us.
In today's episode, we discuss the blessedness of the righteous. The righteous do not listen to the advice of the world, follow the way of the world, or scoff at God's instruction. The righteous are planted in God's truth and are vibrant with growth.
In this episode, we discuss how we are called to crave the spiritual milk of God's word. God is good and His word is good. We grow by reading His word, hearing His word, and growing up in the understanding of His word.
In this episode, we discuss how we are called to grow in Christ. Peter tells us we have been delivered from the bondage of sinful passions. God expects us to expend effort in our salvation to grow in piety and devotion to Him.
In today's podcast we discuss the importance of teaching others about Jesus and passing down your faith. The model of discipleship found in the Bible is that people teach their faith to others and in turn those people go and replicate the process. In our reading we see Paul give this instruction to the young minister Timothy.
In today's podcast we discuss John's Great Commission. We notice how we are challenged to go about mission as Jesus did. We also see deep connections between the creation account in Genesis and John's new creation.
In today's podcast we will explore John's teaching in 1 John 4:1-6 in discerning truth from error. Who do we know that something is truly a teaching from God? John reminds us that the Holy Spirit will always point us to a proper understanding of who Jesus is.
In this episode we will explore the qualities of godly leaders in Christ. These qualities are things that all Christians should aspire to. In particular, we explore the qualifications of elders/bishops/pastors as well as deacons.
The writer of Hebrews calls us to come to Jesus and to offer up the sacrifice of praise with our mouths and to do good works for others. We are also called to submit and obey our spiritual leaders because they have been give charge over our souls. The work of spiritual leaders is to equip and build up the church so that we can accomplish good works in Christ.