Verse/Verse Bible Podcast
By Justin Thomas
A walkthrough of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation with pastor Justin Thomas. Grow in your understanding of the message of the Scriptures and your ability to read it for yourself. Whether you think of yourself as a student of the Bible, a Christian who just wants to know God better, or a sceptic who wants to explore Christianity, Verse/Verse was created with you in mind.
This concluding study through Judges follows four chapters of epilogue that exhibit the depth of Israel's departure from the way of the LORD. Beginning with a curse and a robbery, the book closes with a deadly civil war that leads to, at best, partial repentance.
November 24, 2021
We close the book on Jephthah and read the story of Samson. A lover of riddles, Samson himself is a bit of a riddle himself. His constant back and forth with the Philistines proves him to be undisputedly the best and worst judge we've seen thus far. His story, full of deceit, debauchery, and compromise becomes a bit of an allegory for the nation of Israel itself.
November 17, 2021
First, we begin with the seizure of power from Gideon's son Abimelech. After witnessing his rise and fall, we meet a few more judges before the rule of Jephthah, the Gileadite. Jephthah's tragedy sheds light upon how Israel sees their God and the depth of their decline.
November 10, 2021
At a time when Israel is being plundered by a nomadic race, the Angel of the Lord appears to the youngest son of a man of Menasseh. Gideon begins as a coward and dies a tyrant surrounded by idolatry and debauchery.
November 3, 2021
After the death of Joshua, the Lord looks upon the Israelites and sees that they have turned their hearts away from Him. God delivers the Israelites up to warring nations. This passage includes the first four judges in Israel: Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, and Deborah.
October 27, 2021
The Israelites beyond the Jordan erect a memorial altar that nearly sparks a civil war. Joshua is ready to die and addresses the nation one last time.
October 20, 2021
The remaining tribes are assigned their inheritance in the land by way of casting lots. Cities of refuge and Levitical cities are also assigned throughout the promised land and Joshua is given an inheritance. Lastly, we see that which perhaps may be the key verse in all of the book of Joshua, that not one of God's promises failed
October 13, 2021
Although not all of the battles have not yet been fought, the Israelites see the division of the land as promised to them by God. Some Israelites, like Caleb, see this as a great opportunity for God to show His faithfulness. On the other hand, other Israelites, some entire tribes, fail to drive out the inhabitants of the land.
October 6, 2021
As Israel's reputation for divine military prowess precedes them, the people of Gibeon trick the Israelites into a non-agression pact. The Israelites unwittingly enter into this alliance against God's direction, and yet they must honor this covenant. As such, they go into battle on behalf of the protection of the Gibeonites. God miraculously sees to the victory of this battle. The chapters proceed through a history of the servants and children of God versus the kings of men.
September 29, 2021
The nation of Israel begin their campaign into the Holy Land. In the infancy of this campaign, they meet the angelic Commander of the Lord's Army, defeat Jericho, and execute judgment on Achan and his family.
September 22, 2021
Israel's new leader is introduced as Joshua, the Servant of the Lord. The Beginnings of this book include spies inquiring of the land, the meeting of a prostitute named Rahab, and God drying up the Jordan to let the Israelites cross on dry land.
September 15, 2021
With this final sermon, we close the Pentateuch. These remaining chapters serve as appendices tying up the final exhortation Moses speaks over the nation of Israel and also narrates the events of his death.
September 8, 2021
Moses finishes out his exposition of the law and proceeds to pronounce blessings upon Israel in the event of their obedience as well as curses in the event of their rebellion. Moses prophesies that Israel will indeed rebel and yet he tells them how God will forgive and bring them back into the land. Thus concludes Moses' farewell address; all that remains is four chapters of epilogue.
September 1, 2021
In these legislation passages, we see that God's care and emphasis is always on the abject and destitute. Never will God permit greater priority on the monetary gain over the person.
August 25, 2021
In this portion of Deuteronomy, Moses outlines the laws that concern the respecting of human life. We see some of the most controversial laws of the old testament over the course of these four chapters. Upon further investigation, however, we see that God seems to care more deeply than our sophistication; not less. THIS IS PART 2 OF A 2 PART SERMON THAT BEGINS WITH DEUTERONOMY CHAPTERS 19-21. PLEASE LISTEN TO THAT SERMON PRIOR TO THIS ONE FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THIS SERMON.
August 18, 2021
In this portion of Deuteronomy, Moses outlines the laws that concern the respecting of human life. We see some of the most controversial laws of the old testament over the course of these four chapters. Upon further investigation, however, we see that God seems to care more deeply than our sophistication; not less. THIS IS PART 1 OF A 2 PART SERMON THAT ENDS WITH DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 22. PLEASE CONTINUE ON TO THAT SERMON FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THIS SERMON.
August 11, 2021
As navigating through the decalogue, Moses expounds on the idea of Sabbath lifestyle and the honoring of authority. In addition, Moses places restrictions on the roles of judges, kings, and prophets. Upon deeper examination, we see how Jesus upholds all of these restrictions and even far exceeds them.
August 4, 2021
Moses reminds the people of existing laws and even expounds on some of them more deeply. Ultimately, we see how God has structurally designed Israel to be set apart and be wholly different from their surrounding neighbors.
July 28, 2021
Moses exhorts the nation of Israel to remember the testimony that God has built for them in their history. He reminds them of the Golden Calf event and the remade tablets of stone. He calls the people to serve God because He's lovingly saved them despite them not deserving.
July 21, 2021
Moses addresses the succeeding generation of Israelites to reaffirm the covenant established at the foot of Mount Horeb in the generation before. Moses explains that this covenant is extended to their generation and the ones that follow. The Ten Commandments are recapitulated and set a thesis and perhaps even an outline for the remainder of his address.
July 14, 2021
Deuteronomy, the last book of the Pentateuch, has Moses addressing the people of Israel in one final exhortation. This pastoral address challenges the Israelites to build future faithfulness upon a foundation of God's past faithfulness.
July 7, 2021
This final passage of Numbers tackles issues of property, vengeance, and inheritance. As the penultimate installment of the Torah, this passage closes the revelatory chapter and makes way to Moses' farewell address--the book of Deuteronomy.
June 30, 2021
This passage opens with the legislation of vow-making; particularly that of female worshippers of God. Then, we see God directing the Israelites to execute His vengeance upon the Midianites for their trickery at Baal Peor in chapter 25. Lastly, as the cursed generation trickles away, two and a half tribes decide to settle east of the Jordan, outside of the promised land.
June 23, 2021
As Moses approaches the end of his life/ministry, God names his successor and tells him how to orchestrate his exit. Also in this passage, we see the daily, monthly, and yearly rhythms of Israel's sacrificial system.
June 16, 2021
In this passage we see how God's sovereign use of people has very little to do with the qualification of the people whom He uses. God uses an animal, and a Babylonian to prophesy in favor of an adulterous and stubborn Israel.
June 9, 2021
As the nation of Israel presses closer to entering into the land, the cracks and weaknesses continue to show. When Miriam dies, and Moses fails, it becomes more and more clear that Israel suffers from a unilateral character flaw and only God can save them in His mercy.
June 2, 2021
With the nation of Israel sentenced to wander the wilderness until the generation dies out, the people are found hopeless and disgruntled. This passage hosts a series of complaints and rebellions that are ultimately stopped by God's clear declaration of His choice of leadership.
May 26, 2021
The Israelites finally set out, but soon after complain against the Lord. From nationwide bickering to a power struggle within Moses' own family, God is frustrated with a stubborn and grumbling people. The culmination of such character flaws leads to the nation's first great delay in reaching the promised land.
May 19, 2021
The departure from Sinai is even closer, but God takes further time to organize and clarify His law for His people. In this span of chapters, we learn about the Nazarite Vow, Israel's communication trumpets, and the mode of God's leading.
May 12, 2021
Now that the Israelites are ready to enter into the land of Canaan, God shows them how the law He's established functions. In this passage, God numbers the able-bodied men for Israelites military and God divides the responsibilities of the tabernacle amongst the sons of Levi.
May 5, 2021
This final sermon in Leviticus speaks on the agricultural Sabbath and the year of Jubilee and the treatment of slaves. The penultimate chapter of Leviticus prophesies over the nation of Israel and what they can expect if they obey and/or disobey the law. The book closes with the consequences of vows unto the Lord.
April 28, 2021
This portion of Leviticus begins with the personal interactions a priest has in his normal life and continues into outlining the Hebrew calendar's appointed feasts. We see that the ministry of Jesus' life signposts according with this prophetic calendar in fulfillment. The final chapter of our evening declines once more with a blaspheming of the LORD's name and the consequences thereof. We are reminded that the gracious work of the Lord is consistently meant with the failure of mankind.
April 21, 2021
God's holiness burns into our lives like an uncontainable forest fire; it touches upon every aspect of our existence. Whether it's our personal relationships, the economy, or the civility of our society, God's holiness affects these corners of our lives with profound consequence. Ultimately, this is all built upon who God is and what He's done. Living by God's character restores to Him the very opportunity to be the God over the planet, the creatures, and humanity itself.
April 14, 2021
The qualifications of the clean and the unclean are relatively foreign to us, but we see in this passage how God's order places the focus of life in a world in the midst of decay. God's redemption is a work where heavenly and holy life is cast into the midst of the dying.
April 7, 2021
When looking into the Levitical diet, we can often wonder how this is relevant at all. Is it merely hygienic? Is it merely discriminatory? Is is entirely arbitrary altogether? Ultimately, we see that the division of the clean/unclean and holy/unholy reminds us of the reverence of God Himself. In Christ, we see that God is not paintable, but His very holiness is what is contagious.
March 31, 2021
This week we close the Sacrificial ordinances and continue into the narrative of dedicating and inducting the Tabernacle and Priesthood into operation. Despite several preparatory procedures, tragic failures ensue. In these incidents, we see that Aaron has grown in the Lord and God has prepared him to serve the nation of Israel as their High Priest.
March 24, 2021
We proceed through the offerings this week. We delve into the the details of the Sin offering, the Guilt offering, and the Recompense offering. We ultimately see that rituals can't cover over our sins if our hearts aren't changed.
March 10, 2021
Leviticus opens with an index of the various offerings one can give to the LORD. This week, we look at the free will offerings, which consist of the Burnt (Ascension) Offering, the Grain (Gift) Offering, and the Peace (Fellowship) Offering. We see in these ordinances that the posture a worshipper must have before the LORD is costly, genuine, humble, and joyful. This is as true today as it was in the days of the Levitical Priesthood.
March 3, 2021
We close the book of Exodus with a repass of all of the instructions toward the construction of the Tabernacle, only this time, the execution of those instructions. The repetition of these instructions reminds us of the incredibly meticulous detailed obedience that was required in order to access the presence of the fellowship with God. Even so, the final verses of the book end with Moses not even being able to enter in. What can be done for the Israelites to have a representative enter in? Tune in when we start Leviticus to find out!
February 24, 2021
Moses is up on the mountain with God and the Israelites have thus lost their access to YHVH. To fill this void, they create an idol. This creates a dissemblance of the close covenant relationship between God and the Israelites. Moses finds himself in an intercessory position between God and the nation of Israel.
February 17, 2021
All works of the Priesthood were laid out as a type of the High Priest to come. We see that a reality of the rituals of the priesthood involved refreshing the atonement and purification of a sinful and insufficient servant. What we see in the fulfillment that is Christ is the "once-for-all" ministry of a pure and sinless High Priest [Cross Reference - Hebrews 7:1-10:25].
February 10, 2021
The creation of the world was covered over 1 chapter, but the construction of the Tabernacle spans 13 chapters of detail-oriented instructions.The Tabernacle is clearly a matter of great importance. This portable temple bears a great reminder of the tension between the exclusive holiness of God and His great desire to dwell amongst His people. As the story of redemption endures, we see God's continued progressive effort to get His people inside; into His presence.
February 3, 2021
We see in this extended list of property laws that God is fair. He cares for victims as well as the perpetrators. God shows loving wisdom toward restitution as well as in cases of penalties.
January 27, 2021
Here in Exodus, we see the introduction of the Law to the people and their God. We see that the Nation is given a law that exceeds their ability that they may operate as a nation dependent on their God.
January 20, 2021
As the Israelite continue to wander through the wilderness, God uses opposing nations and in laws to continue to train His people (and even begin to raise up a successor to Moses). When the people arrive at the foot of the Mountain of God, they shutter in the presence of the Lord and agree to serve Him.
January 13, 2021
The pivotal moment of the Red Sea crossing is just the beginning of a host of uncanny miracles God performs for the preservation of Israel. We see in this passage how God's generous slew of miracles was granted with the purpose to train Israel. God gave miracles to teach His people how to be appropriately dependent upon Him.
January 6, 2021
In the telling of the inaugural Passover and the Death of the Firstborn (the 10th plague), we see striking parallels to the Crucifixion. We come to understand that Jesus fulfills the requirements of the Passover Lamb.
December 30, 2020
In this passage of Exodus, we see God's divine judgment poured out on the land of Egypt because of one man's stubbornness. In the tension of man's will and God's, we see a multiplicity of complexity as it plays out in reality.
December 23, 2020
This week, we close the 7 chapter section of Exodus that is the Prologue. By the end of this section, we will see tensions high and the game set. We see in this introductory portion that God is set on delivering Israel whom He now calls His firstborn son.
December 16, 2020
Exodus begins right where Genesis left off. This sequel, contingent upon the message of its predecessor, shows the wiles of tyrannical men undermined by a thoughtful God, some unassuming women, and an abandoned baby.
December 9, 2020
As we close the book of Genesis, we find that the book was not about Joseph, neither was it about Jacob, and not even about Judah. We see that the book of Genesis is ultimately a prequel. It is a book that not only looks forward to the book of Exodus, but is even more so looking forward to a coming everlasting King who will bless the entire world in His majesty.
December 2, 2020
In the second year of the famine, Jacob sends his sons to the land of Egypt, where it is rumored that there are storehouses of grain. Unbeknownst to ten sons of Jacob, they are seeking grain from the very brother they had sold into slavery thirteen years before. Joseph strategically tries his brothers' characters to see whether they remain as treacherous as they once were.
November 25, 2020
Despite Joseph's outstanding character, it seems the worst continues to befall him. How can horrible things happening to a good man possibly be God's plan? Is this story even about Joseph at all?
November 18, 2020
Jacob's fourteen years owed to Laban are up and he's finally ready to head off on his own along with his two wives, two concubines and (at least) twelve children. After much divine provision, Jacob still insists upon living life his own way. In this week's study through Genesis, we see the stark contrast between the fruit of Jacob's provision and that of God's.
November 11, 2020
Thus far unique to Jacob, his testimony is one of reluctant surrender to God's will. Jacob (along with the rest of the figures in this passage) is always seeking to provide for himself whenever opportunity arises. In turn, what Jacob finds is that God's promises exceed the yielding of any posed opportunity. Genesis 27:1-29:26
November 4, 2020
Isaac inherits the covenant God made to Abraham. We see that along with the faith of his father, Isaac also shares in some of Abraham's faults. We learn through this passage how God successfully accomplishes His will in the midst of our faithlessness. Genesis 24:1-26:35
October 28, 2020
As we begin to close the book of Abraham's life, we see Abraham falling into the same erroneous sins of his path, but we also see him pass God's final test of faith. Isaac upon Moriah inherently looks forward to a greater Son to come.
October 21, 2020
Twenty-Four years have passed since God has promised to make Abram into a great nation. In that time, the barren Sarai has now passed into a postmenopausal age and the promise no longer seems attainable. Despite Sarai's and Abram's attempt to realize God's word by their own attempts, heavenly messengers visit Abram with other plans. Meanwhile, Lot is also visited by heavenly messengers. These two narratives run parallel but divert and ultimately lead to polar opposite outcomes.
October 14, 2020
God's redemptive plan hones in on one man, Abram of Mesopotamia. Abram (soon to be Abraham) is often hailed as a perfect man, but we begin to see that his faith, much like ours, develops progressively after failures as well as successes. Serious failures notwithstanding, the faithfulness of the Abrahamic Covenant is contingent upon God's work; not Abram's. Genesis 12:1-15:20
October 7, 2020
As Noah's family repopulates the world, we find that sin has not been washed away in the flood. Man's pride increases on a global scale uniting mankind toward a self-exalting pride, the correction of which will not come until the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
September 30, 2020
This week, we navigate the flood narrative. Genesis 6:9 through 9:17 bear the motif of rest, remembering, and covenant. Knowing the justice of God's wrath, what manner of person ought we to be?
September 23, 2020
As Adam's legacy of sin prevails, the same defect is shown inherent in his children. Depravity deepens and death does not relent. With the curse of sin and death upon mankind, we're left to wonder: "if sin is crouching at our doors, can we master it? Can we resist the temptation?"
September 16, 2020
The first man, the first woman, the first sin, the first curse. In this installment of Verse/Verse, we zero in on the consequences of sin and God's proclamation of the first Gospel.
September 9, 2020
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth". So begins the revelation of God to mankind. This first installment of Verse/Verse explores some fundamental principles including God's triune nature and Man being made in the image of God. Genesis 1:1-2:3
September 2, 2020
Episode 0: Introducing Justin and our Format
We will kick of in Genesis Wednesday September 2nd. Here in Episode Zero, Justin introduces himself and the thinking that lays behind the Verse/Verse Bible Podcast.
August 17, 2020