Moses experienced the Lord’s presence in a myriad of unique and fascinating ways during his lifetime. There are also various parallels that God intended to draw between Moses and the greater future deliverer of God’s people, Jesus Christ. Today we are going to highlight one distinct way that Moses foreshadowed Christ. Although the majority of the focus that you have pr...Keep Reading
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One of the things I have been learning recently is how quickly the Lord can humble us. One moment I can feel strong and able and in a swift moment the ability to do things for myself is taken away for a season. It is truly humbling to know and remember how frail we are as humans even though there are moments when we think we are on top of the world. One of the main things that we see in this chapter is the call James gives to the church to humble themselves. The reason they need to humble themselves is because there seems to be a lot of problems at this church. Let’s take a dive. ...
This chapter at first glance seems like it will contradict the teaching of justification in faith alone because of what James says in verses 14-26. James is not teaching something contrary to scripture, but I think what can be summed up is the commandment to “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Taking the chapter as a whole, I think that loving your neighbor as yourself will help with both the sin of partiality and showing works that derive from our faith. Let’s dissect this....
Philemon is the third shortest book in the New Testament and being that we are covering the entire book in one shot I will write a little longer than usual. Philemon is probably a man that is wealthy, first because only wealthy people had enough room in their houses to gather multiple people, secondly because he owned a slave. I think it is important to keep in mind that slavery back then was very different to what it used to be as we know it now. According to Benjamin Gladd “In the Greco-Roman world, slaves were granted many rights, such as worshiping, marrying, and making money.” I think it is also worth noting that this book does not condone slavery as we have seen in the very early stages of this country. What we have in this book is a runaway slave and a master who have both been redeemed by the blood of Jesus and what we will see is how the gospel plays a part in that relationship. Some scholars think that Onesimus was either in charge of finances or stole something from Philemon according to (v.18). Onesimus must have done something which caused him to run away from Philemon and he fled to Rome where he came in contact with Paul providentially. It is very possible that Onesimus knew who Paul was and sought him out or Paul knew of Onesimus and called for him. It is not sure but one thing we know is that when Onesimus came to Paul somewhere down the line he got saved (v.10). It seems like once Onesimus was saved he grew immensely very quickly by the way Paul speaks of him. So, what can we glean from this book? Two things....
Exodus 33 opens with the aftermath of the golden calf debacle. God’s answer to their rebellion was to tell them, “Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” God had been traveling in the midst of the people up to this point on their journey. In some mysterious way, Hi...Keep Reading
When reading a chapter like Exodus 32, it is necessary to remind ourselves of the context. In this case, we can only comprehend the weight of the Israelite’s wickedness when we are reminded of what God had just done for them. These are the exact same people who had been living for generations as slaves under the oppressive hand of a genocidal maniac. They had just observ...Keep Reading
One of the greatest blessings that we have in this life, truly one of the most humbling and mind-boggling realities of the Christian life is that the Holy Spirit has been sent to make His home in our hearts. Every single believer functions as the “temple of the Holy Spirit.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20) We are promised that the Holy Spirit will indwell us (Ezekiel 36:27), and sea...Keep Reading
Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “Talk is cheap.” It is all too easy to promise that we are going to do something and then fail to follow through. The Shepherding Notes today are simple in terms of complexity, simple to understand, but incredibly challenging to live out. Consider just a few verses....Keep Reading
The latter chapters of Exodus contain an abundance of instructions that the Lord gave to Moses concerning the specifications of the tabernacle and all of its furniture and design. Why was the LORD so particular about such small details like the color of the woven fibers ...Keep Reading
Yesterday we began to explore the tabernacle and its various pieces of divinely mandated furniture. The key point to remember is that everything that God designed was intentionally done in order to point forward to Jesus Christ. Our primary focus yesterday was on the mercy seat that covered the ark of the covenant that represented the fact that Jesus would come and mer...Keep Reading
Let’s recap for just a moment. The Israelites have just been freed from their enslavement to the most powerful nation in the world. God set them free by sending the most powerful plagues in the history of the world. He then conquered their enemies by literally parting the Red Sea and leading them through safely before crushing Pharaoh and his armies beneath the collapsin...Keep Reading
When we last saw the Israelites, they had just made their way through the Red Sea and had turned around to see the Egyptians pursuing them with all deliberate speed. Once every Israelite had safely made it above the water line, the Lord closed the waters in, destroying Pharaoh and his entire army. Proverbs 11:10 tells us that, “when the wicked perish there are shouts of ...Keep Reading
There is perhaps no event more iconic in the Old Testament than the parting of the Red Sea. It is the final nail in the coffin as the Lord was completing the absolute humiliation of the Egyptians. There have been many attempts throughout history to claim that the Israelites did not actually walk through what we think of the Red Sea today. Skeptics instead believe that Mose...Keep Reading