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Every believer at some point in their walk with the Lord experiences questions, and even doubts.  Life is filled with troubles that grieve us; leaving us to wonder how we reconcile our trials and tribulations with the promises of God in Scripture.   In his life, Abraham also dealt with questions.  The man referred to as the friend of God, and the father of all who believer, struggled with questions.  In Genesis 15, we see that in the midst of these deep questions, the Lord meets Abram in the midst of his struggles.  We see God responding to Abram's questions with grace and patience.   We can take comfort in knowing it is OK to come to God with our questions.  For in the midst of our suffering, we get a glimpse into what God has done on our behalf through the cross of Christ.   May you be blessed as you listen to today's lesson.   Thank you for listening.
In many ways, Isaiah 53 is the ultimate Messianic passage in scripture.  Like few other passages in the Old Testament, it defines the role of the Messiah in receiving glory through suffering.  When Jesus was with His disciples and following Peter's confession of the Christ, we read that, "He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day" (Matt. 16:21 NASB).  Likewise, when He met the two disciples on the road to Emmaus exhorted them, "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His Glory?" (Luke 24:26 NASB).   Throughout Isaiah 53, the Song of the Servant, Isaiah has been writing from the perspective of future Israel looking back at Jesus as the one whom they had pierced.  But now, in the closing verses of Isaiah 53, we see a shift in perspective.  Now, Isaiah speaks from God's perspective looking forward and telling of the result of the suffering Servant.  We see Yahweh exalted.  We see Yahweh satisfied with the work of the Servant.  We see victory through the intercessory work of the Servant who "bore the sins of many and interceded for the transgressors."   May you be blessed as you listen to this week's lesson.   Thank you for listening.
Isaiah 53 is often referred to as the Gospel According to Isaiah.  With his song of the Servant, Isaiah, beginning in Isaiah 52:13, gives the perspective of future Israel looking back at the cross and the Messiah whom they pierced. Through this series, we have seen the exaltation of the Servant, the rejection of the Servant, the substitionary work of the Servant and the silent submission of the Servant.  Before completing this series, this lesson slows down to focus on one verse, Isaiah 53:10, in which we see the Servant crushed.  We examine how the Servant was crushed, and why it pleased the Lord to crush Him.  Seeing Isaiah 53:10, in the context of the Gospel, we come to a greater understanding and appreciation for the Cross of Calvary. May you be blessed by God's Word as you listen to today's lesson. Thank you for listening.
If someone does wrong to you, many will say, "Don't get mad, get even."   But Scripture takes a different approach to the wrongs done to us.  Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, "Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:32 NASB).  Peter wrote to the church in Asia, "not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead" (1 Peter 3:9 NASB). In today's lesson we examine the life of Joseph.  Here was a man sold into slavery by his brothers; wrongfully imprisoned in an Egyptian prison; and finally forgotten and left imprisoned by a man he helped.  But rather than getting mad, or getting even, Joseph continued to entrust himself to the Lord's will.  And when finally in a position to get even with his brothers, rather than bringing retribution, or seeking reparations, he forgave. What lessons can we learn for ourselves from the life of Joseph?  May you be blessed as you listen to today's lesson. Thank you for listening.
The current cultural climate increasingly focuses upon social justice.  Protests, both peaceable and violent, speak out regarding claims of injustice against minority groups.  Surely there is a time and place for speaking up.  Jesus spoke with authority and demons were cast out, the sick were healed, the lame walked, etc. The greatest injustice in history saw the only innocent man in all of history arrested, brutalized, spat upon and ultimately executed in a trial that broke the very Law the religious leaders swore they were protecting.  And the only person who had a right to speak up and speak out against this injustice remained silent. Some 600 to 700 years before these events, the prophet, Isaiah, spoke of the servant and His silent submission.  "He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth" (Isaiah 53:7 NASB). What does the silence of the servant in the face of His oppressors mean for us today? Thank you for listening to today's lesson.
In Genesis 12, the Lord called Abram to leave his home, his relatives and his father's house and journey to a land the Lord would show him.  The promise of God was to make Abram a great nation; to make his name great; to bless the nations of the earth through his seed. By faith Abram stepped out, leaving it all behind; with one notable exception.  Abram took with with him Lot, the son of his late brother, Haran.  Many have commented on the wisdom of this decision, and that is still a topic of much discussion. But in Genesis 14, we see Lot now in a situation requiring rescue.  The kings around the Salt Sea rebelled against their oppressors whom they had served for 12 years.  This included Sodom where Lot had taken up residence.  And when the dust settled, Sodom was again defeated and Lot now a prisoner. Upon hearing of his capture, Abram musters his forces and mounts a rescue mission.  As we enter into the events of Genesis 14, we get a picture of another, greater, rescue mission.  Surely Lot's choices put him into his predicament and as such did not deserve rescue.  Likewise, we in our sin, by our own decisions have been led captive by a much greater enemy.  But God in His mercy launched a rescue mission, sending His own Son to seek and to save that which was lost. May you be blessed through God's Word. Thank you for listening.
As we continue our journey through Isaiah 53, sometimes referred to as the Gospel according to Isaiah. In verses 4 thru 6, we are now in the third of five stanzas of this "Song of the Servant".  This stanza is central to the entire song.  It is in this stanza we see the cross, and Jesus substitution for the sinner, clearly on display. At the cross, Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows.  At the cross he was pierced, crushed, chastised, and scourged for our transgressions and iniquities.  And though we like sheep had gone astray, God caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon Him. May you be blessed by the opening of God's Word. Thank you for listening.
Isaiah 53 is a portion of the Old Testament that is sometimes referred to as the Gospel according to Isaiah.  Last time, we saw the Exalted Servant; the servant exalted because of His suffering, but it is this suffering that will cleanse the nations. Today, we see the Rejection of the Servant.  Isaiah 53 is written from the perspective of Israel looking back upon their long awaited Messiah, asking the question, "Who has believed our message?"  In other words, "How did we miss this?"  The answer is in the description of the servant, a "tender shoot...a root out of parched ground."  The Exalted Servant appears on the scene not as a stately king, but as a carpenter's son; not in royal robes, but wrapped in swaddling cloths in a manger. But what does the rejection of the servant mean for us today?  May you be blessed as you listen to today's lesson. Thank you for listening.
Next to the Psalms, the book of Isaiah is the most referenced Old Testament book in the Old Testament.  Many of Isaiah's prophecies find their fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ. As Isaiah 52 closes, we are met with a call to, "behold my servant." A direct reference to Messiah, the Lord says of His servant that He, "will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted."  But what is shocking is the means through which Messiah will be exalted.  For we will learn that He will be marred beyond recognition such that many will be shocked and repulsed by his appearance. But how can the servant both suffer such anguish and yet be considered exalted and lifted up?  In today's lesson we are reminded again of the things that had to be according to God's plan of redemption for His creation. May you be blesses as you listen to today's teaching.
After forty years of wandering in the wilderness God now prepared the children of Israel to enter and begin the conquest of the land of Canaan.  Jericho, the first obstacle they faced, seemed insurmountable, if considered from merely human perspectives.  But as the two spies sent to get the lay of the land, their encounter with Rahab taught them three important lessons which are still relevant for us today. People are condemned before a Holy God and have no excuse. Just as people have no excuse, they also have opportunity to be saved. God's promise is absolute and cannot be broken. May God's word bless you as you listen to today's lesson. 
As some states and localities begin to open up following the peak in COVID-19 infections, the world seeks for answers.  In today's lesson, we consider how we can look upon this time from a Christian, Biblical perspective. We will see: The unity and importance of the local church That personal relationships are important Physical touch is necessary The Sovereignty of God May you be blessed as you listen to today's lesson.
In a world under constant change and constant struggle, it is difficult not to worry.  There are concerns about our health, exacerbated by the spread of Corona Virus.  There are concerns with money as retirement looms for some; or the expense of raising children or paying for college.  All these are real world issues, but are they cause for us to worry? This begs the question, what does it mean to worry?  And why is worry so counter to a Christian faith? In today's lesson, we look at an eternal perspective to the cares of this world.  As Jesus teaches His disciples, we see that as believers in Jesus, God is our Father.  And when we look at how he cares for the rest of His creation, the birds of the air, or the flowers of the field, we see we have no need to worry; for as much as He cares for the rest of creation, how much more does He care for us? May the Lord bless you as you listen to today's lesson.  Thank you for listening.
Every one hopes in something; where are you placing your hope? In his first epistle, Peter writes to a church that is enduring intense suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  Believers in the first century church in Asia faced beatings, imprisonment, execution and more because of their faith. Into such an existence, Peter speaks hope.  But unlike the wishful hope the world offers, Peter speaks of a certain hope; a hope based upon the work of Christ. As we look into Peter's letter to the church in Asia, we are faced with three questions: Why to we need a living hope? What is this living hope? How do I acquire this living hope? May the Lord bless you as you listen to today's lesson.
God's redemptive plan is seen throughout all of Scripture.  From the very beginning in Genesis 3, when God promises the seed of the woman who would crush the serpent's head, the Bible is a history of God redeeming fallen man. In today's lesson, we see how the life of Abraham fits into God's plan.  From Genesis 12 and the call of Abram, we will see the sovereign will of God, the faithful response of Abraham and God's marvelous grace on display as Abram stumbles on his faith journey.
We often view the characters that God uses in Scripture as spiritual giants.  But when we dig deeper, we find that they were just as human as the rest of us.  What we find, however, is that when these heroes of the faith stumble, the focus is not so much on their stumble but on God's grace. In today's lesson, we see from the lives of Abraham and Job how God's character shines in the face of the apparent failures of each of these men.  More importantly, we see how God uses these failures to bring honor and glory to Himself and works even the mistakes for His own purposes.
Our tendency is to look at the heroes of the Bible as spiritual giants.  But when we peal back the curtain on their lives we see that many were just ordinary people like the rest of us.  In fact, many of the heroes in scripture are relatively unknown. in 2 Samuel 7:16, the Lord's purpose in redemptive history is made known when He promises King David that the line of David would be an eternal one.  Thus, the purpose of bringing the Saviour through the line of David is made known. Opposed to this, we see Satan's attempts again and again to thwart God's purposes.  But God, in His wisdom, uses ordinary people to accomplish His plans on earth.  In today's lesson, we see two examples of this. First, we will look briefly at 2 Chronicles 32:30 where we see the workers who built Hezekiah's Tunnel and the place this played in God's redemptive history. Second, we will look at Jehoshabeath, the granddaughter to wicked King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.  Despite her upbringing, this relatively unknown woman was used by God to literally save the line of David, thus protecting the line that led ultimately to the Lord Jesus. How will God use you for His purposes.  As you listen, may your heart and mind be opened to the ways in which God plans to use you; an ordinary person used for God's purposes and glory.
When the apostle Paul met the risen Lord on the road to Damascus, the Lord said of him, "he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel...I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake." Certainly this was the life Paul led as an ambassador for Christ.  As he wrote to the church in Corinth, he had been imprisoned, beaten times without number, received the thirty-nine lashes from the Jews five times, stoned, shipwrecked three times, and the list goes on.  But despite the constant threat of suffering, Paul eagerly served the Lord without fail. Knowing the road that lay ahead of him, Paul eagerly took up the stewardship of suffering given him in his service for Christ.  But what could possibly motivate someone to take up such a mission? And how can we apply this to our lives today. In today's lesson from 2 Corinthians 5, we get a glimpse into Paul's motivation for service.  May you be blessed as you listen to it and meditate upon God's Word.
There once was a duck village populated by ducks.  In this village, was a duck church and they had their duck bible.  One Sunday, the duck preacher exhorted the duck congregation, "My duck brothers and sisters, God has given us wings so we can fly and glorify God." The duck congregation shouted in agreement, "Amen!" and then waddled home. Throughout scripture, we see that man is justified by faith apart from works.  But then we get to James 2 where we read that faith without works is dead, and that we are justified by our works.  Is this a contradiction in Scripture?  How do we reconcile James with the rest of Scripture? In today's lesson, we see there truly is no contradiction here.  We are justified, declared righteous through faith.  Works, then, become the evidence of that faith.
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