As we near the end of our study of Old Testament, we find Judah conquered and its people exiled in Babylon. Where was God in all this? It turns out He was everywhere–He was all over it! And He is for us in our hard times as well.
Psalms 139 is a real gem! It tells us fundamental things about who God is and what He’s like. It also tells us what we should be like in the face of those characteristics and actions of God. This Psalm needs to be read repeatedly in our Christian life but it needs to be understood by every person in this world because there are implications for all.
We cover thousands of years in this sermon, demonstrating how Israel’s kings and the activities of the Temple’s High Priest all point to Jesus. He is the Ruler of the Kingdom of God, and our High Priest who is always making intercession for us.
Today’s message is a just a slight detour from our long term series on the Old Testament. We’ve been studying the books in order, but today we consider Psalms 121. In it, we find a Hebrew word that is repeated six times and tells us just where to go to be helped in life’s challenges.
Continuing on in the Old Testament brings us to a section of two of the “history” books, 1st and 2nd Kings. In them we discover a powerful attribute of God: mercy! God is merciful, and we find in these books that the mercy of God has certain characteristics, but always brings us to a point of decision. Will we respond to His mercy or despise it?
I Kings finds Israel at the height of its power and fame. God’s promises fulfilled, a famous wise king, and a united country centered around a great Temple. Then it all fell apart. Hear the story of what happened, and what we can learn so it doesn’t happen to us.
The 150 psalms of the Bible are sometimes called the hymnbook of ancient Israel. We can sing them, too. But when we read them, we can interact with them and receive more of the mind and heart of the Lord. Find out more about what the psalms say, how the psalms say it, and how you can receive the most out of them.
Messed up human (you) sanctified by Jesus equals HOLY.
The Old Testament isn’t old by any means! As we press on in our study we’ll cover the Book of 1 Samuel today, focusing on the opening story of this narrative portion of the Bible. An amazing woman, Hannah, is the focus of chapter one and she represents everyone who has ever found that comparison between people can be a harsh reality. God shows us how to handle this all too common situation through Hannah’s story.
Ruth is one of the great jewels of the Scriptures, set against one of the darkest periods in Israel’s history. It’s a well-told story, and a rouching romance. But it’s so much more than that. This sermon highlights Ruth’s steadfast faithfulness, and the multiple ways she was blessed by God.