The coming judgment of God on sin is everywhere bursting to come and we cannot have a proper appreciation of this unless we take every thought captive to Christ and find ourselves IN Christ wholly. Only then will we long for Justice and be compelled by Christ’s Love. Only then will Vindication and Covering Grace be demanded without any hypocrisy.
Eager Easter Hope (Romans 8:15-25)
The more good we know, the greater appetite we have for consummation. The most sanctified saints are in one sense the most miserable, but will be the most richly satisfied! This is why we have to live the Christian life by thinking backwards if we are to Face the sufferings of life with Resurrection Faith that overcomes. Christian hope is seated firmly in the future resurrection out of which we now live!
Restoring or Revealing (2 Samuel 19:9-46)
There is a time gap between v.8-9 – we don’t know how long. but we are reminded that Wining the War is one thing. Winning the Peace is something else. And what we see from all David’s life, but especially here is that only king Jesus can be trusted with all our hearts!
Weeping for a Son (Matthew 23:37-39)
If you think about it, the Triumphal Entry, Palm Sunday, is a strange sort of triumph. Marching toward Death, while men and angels sing Hosanna. What a pleasing grief and mournful joy we find here. But you see our salvation rests wholly on God dying to kill our sin!
Family Lines (Genesis 4:17-26)
What the Bible really focuses on when it comes to sin is not the EVIL without but the wickedness within. You see the progress of sin is rampant when unchecked by the hand of God because “Self” is an insatiable MONSTER and what we will see in our text this morning is the battle ground of the seed of the woman and serpent unmasks the hidden evil of our hearts, it assaults our souls in every part if we read it right, but it also calls attention to God’s faithfulness in continuing the line of the seed of the woman, in getting the world too the FULLNESS of Time because, God will protect the seed of the woman till Christ wins the final victory!
Away From God’s Presence (Genesis 4:1-16)
This world is a battle ground according to God’s promise concerning the seeds – and the battle is for our hearts! Remember what Adam lost sight of first was the goodness of God – his heart went cold toward God. Now we are turned out of the garden, not to Hell, but to a kingdom of Darkness and evil days – But God is constantly pursuing His children in this darkness. That is why by faith we can stand in the day of evil fully satisfied in God!
Samuel (an overview) (2 Samuel 14:1-33)
The name Samuel means “hear God” and that is an apt title for a book that has several important highlights where God spells out what He is doing in bringing about a King after His own heart that will not be a substitute for God – but instead will overflow with God’s own love. The ultimate climax however, comes in this king of God’s being a life giving divine warrior who will provide a means to bring back the banished ones – through His own death.
Grace to Overcomers (Genesis 3:20-24)
It is not easy to deny Total Depravity and the sinful condition of this World. We are constantly surrounded by the context of pain and death. What we have in our text this morning is wonderful because it shows us how God provides powerful promises and powerfully provides Himself so that we have hope even in the context of pain and death, because we will overcome through Him who overcame.And there can be no doubt that faith will latch on to God and His Word and will become an overcomer!
The Stage for Grace (Genesis 3:14-19)
3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”
17 And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (ESV)
to Adam and Eve. Think about how surprising that Grace would be to Adam and Eve! – I have said before that Grace is always surprising – and how could it be otherwise when EVEN when we are FAITHLESS – HE REMAINS FAITHFUL! And not only is HE faithful in ACCOMPLISHING GRACE – but it is always HIM and Him alone who is faithful in APPLYING GRACE. He is sovereign in Justifying us – He is sovereign in Sanctifying us. But look how He then sets the stage through judgment for that Sanctification to shine.
Meaningful Mourning (2 Samuel 18:1-19:8)
There is no greater comfort than seeing the passion of God! We get to see that passion clearly in the moments before Jesus took our sins upon himself and became a curse, dying on a tree, suspended between heaven and earth. This climax of human history has been foreshadowed in the OT several times, but no where more powerfully than in Absalom’s revolt.