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The Gospel in Jesus’ Prayers

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Luke records Jesus at prayer eleven times in his Gospel., and if taken together, we would find the Gospel preached to us. Luke’s choice of Jesus’ prayers (and there are other prayers in the other Gospel narratives) lets us see a progression of belief, even a progression to belief, in the Gospel of Jesus. I was quite surprised with what I found here, not that anything is new, but to find these things collected into one place (labeled prayer) was, indeed, surprising. What Jesus puts in prayer is a picture of God reaching out to mankind in such a manner that causes mankind to reach out to him. In other words, Luke has Jesus praying out salvation (the Gospel). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Living Under the Curse of the Law

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According to the word of God, a curse is not simply a wish for harm but contains the power in itself to inflict that harm. The Law forbids anyone to curse the leader of his people (Exodus 22:28). The phrase immediately before cursing one’s leader is “you shall not revile the gods”. The term gods refers to our rulers (cf. Psalm 82), and we are told that reviling or speaking disgracefully of one’s leader is the same as cursing him. This sort of thing, if done to one’s parents was punishable with death (Exodus 21:17), and to do so toward God was considered blasphemy, and the offender was to be stoned (Leviticus 24:11, 14). Job’s wife told him to curse God and die (Job 2:9). In other words, if he wanted to be relieved of his suffering, all he had to do was curse or revile God, and God would take his life. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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The Altars of Abraham

God called Abraham first out of the land of Ur (Acts 7:3) and then out of Haran to come into the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:1-4). I don’t believe Abraham made a firm decision to embrace the Lord until he reached Shechem, where he built his first altar. Later, Joshua would lead Israel here, to Shechem; it was a place of memorial where Israel made a firm commitment to receive the Lord as their God and consecrate themselves to him alone. Similarly, this was where Abraham consecrated himself to the Lord by putting away the gods he once served (cp. Joshua 24:1-2) and received the Lord as his God (Genesis 12:6-7). Moreover, after Jacob returned from Haran where he served his father-in-law, Laban, for 20 years, he came to this very place, where he caused his family to give him their foreign gods, and he buried them here, at Shechem (Genesis 35:4). The altar at Shechem stands as a memorial for Abraham’s repudiation of the gods he once served and his receiving, as his God, the Lord who took him out of the land of Ur. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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The Role of Tests in Our Lives

Before we move beyond Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, we need to see this as our own test, perhaps our deepest lesson to be learned. For Abraham, Isaac was not only a gift from God, but he represented the fulfillment of all God had promised him, but was Abraham’s hope grounded in God or in Isaac—God’s gift? What is our hope grounded in? Is our hope grounded in God’s promise of salvation in Christ, or is our hope grounded in Christ? Abraham’s life shows us that before Isaac, he looked to God alone, and after Isaac, Abraham looked to God alone. What a testimony to faith or more to the point that God is worthy of our trust! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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The Relationship of Abraham and Isaac

Never before and only a few times afterward does the Bible offer us a view of the relationship enjoyed by two individuals described therein. Notice how the text describes the relationship enjoyed by Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22. In Genesis 22:2 it says: “…your son, your one and only Isaac whom you love.” In Genesis 22:3, 6 it is: “…his son.” In verse-7 the text continues with “…his father… my father… my son.” Again is verse-8 the text has: “my son… they went both of them together.” Finally, in verses 9 & 10 it concludes with: “Abraham… bound Isaac, his son and… took the knife to slay his son.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Abraham’s Ultimate Test

Occasionally, we’ll read in the newspaper or hear on the evening news that a certain deluded person murdered someone and claimed: “God told me to do it!” We may even recall at such times that the Bible records God telling Abraham to slay his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice to him. Some biblical scholars claim that Abraham failed the test by being willing to sacrifice his son; others wonder how this act could serve as a test for godliness,[1] implying that such a cruel deed could only be sought by a malevolent being. So, we are left with the question: should Abraham be admired or despised for what he did? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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The Gift of Life from the Murdered One!

Before I leave the discussion of Jesus with Nicodemus, I wish to consider again John 3:14. Here Jesus made reference to Numbers 21:4-9. What an odd reference to compare with Jesus! The serpent is often a figure of the Enemy—Satan. It has been since Genesis 3 where man fell into rebellion against God. There God promised that the Seed of the woman would be at war with the seed of the ‘serpent.’ In this battle the ‘serpent’ would receive the death blow (to the head) but the Seed of the woman would be wounded (per the heal). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Gospel, Jesus, Religion

 

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