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Melchizedek, Aaron, A Better Ministry, A Better Covenant (Heb 7:1-8:13)

1. Jesus and Melchizedek (Heb 7:1-10) a. Melchizedek’s Greatness (Heb 7:1-3) – “priest forever”, “made like the Son of God” (a type of Christ to come) i. Clear Statements – ‘a man’ (ordinary human), lived at the time of Abraham (Gen 14) ii. Striking Omissions – when he was born and died, lineage, bursts on the scene and disappears, even he …

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The Minor Prophets – Introduction

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This introduction to the Minor Prophets sets the prophets in the context of revealed religion in the Scriptures and shows how Deuteronomy 18 forms the backdrop for the prophetic office and how it is distinguished from the natural religion and idolatry of man. Deuteronomy 18 – Israelites prepare to enter land Deuteronomy 18:9-22 The origin of prophetic institution in 2nd …

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Lord, You Know Me! (Psalm 139)

Psalm 139 1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 5 You hem me …

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Heart of God Lesson 7 – The Decline of Judah: The Final Chapter

Download Study Guide This lesson teaches through the drama of redemption as God’s purposes are revealed by: 1.  God glorifying Himself 2.  God calling a people to Himself 3.  God saving His people. Paralleling the events in Israel is the story of what was happening in Judah, the Southern Kingdom of two tribes, who remained loyal to the line of …

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The Heart of God Lesson 6 – The Rise and Fall of Israel: The Tragic Consequences of Covenant Disobedience

Download Study Guide This lesson teaches through the drama of redemption as God’s purposes are revealed by: 1.  God glorifying Himself 2.  God calling a people to Himself 3.  God saving His people. The series covers multiple Sunday School periods.  You can listen to them in the order of display above or download them to your computer for saving to …

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The Heart of God Lesson 4 – Judges through 1 Samuel: Grace in the Midst of Disobedience and Turmoil

Download Study Guide This lesson teaches through the drama of redemption as God’s purposes are revealed by: 1.  God glorifying Himself 2.  God calling a people to Himself 3.  God saving His people. The series covers multiple Sunday School periods.  You can listen to them in the order of display above or download them to your computer for saving to …

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Genesis 21

Genesis 21 (ESV)

Genesis 21:1-2 notes: 1 The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. 2 And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.

Something that we need to do when we’re reading the Scriptures is remember that the text brings forward characters for the purpose of teaching us something. Sometimes we can get lost in the story itself and not keep track of what is said or done. Notice how the story emphasizes that the Lord visited Sarah “just as He said” and did to her “just as He promised”. One of the refrains of the Scriptures is how things come about just as God has promised or just as He said. In your reading of the Scriptures, start taking note how often it is recorded that things happen just as the Lord said or promised they would. I was struck, when we were studying Exodus together in Sunday School, how it seems that everybody had forgotten that God had promised that, after 400 years, He was going to lead the people out of Egypt.

But God didn’t forget. God never forgets. His Promise is going to come to pass. It doesn’t matter much whether His people want it to come to pass. It will happen.

Here, of course, it is a joyous occasion. Abraham, a 99 year old man, and Sarah, his 89 year old wife, were told by God that they would conceive and bear a child. One year later, as the Lord Promised, a child was born. This occurred, as verse 2 states, “…at the time which God had spoken to him.”

God said it.

Doesn’t matter much who believed it, because…

That settles it.

Now, you don’t have to have a medical degree to realize how remarkable that is. That’s why it’s so important to note that God “visited” Sarah. Everybody understood that this couldn’t have happened by just natural means. Of course every birth is by the sustaining power of God because He upholds the universe by His power. It’s only our lack of spiritual discernment and gratitude that we think of the sun rising or the birth of a child as some natural event according to some law outside of God.

But, if the fact that the sun came up this morning and even now utters forth speech about God or that every birth is an occasion to thank God, how much more so was everyone reminded that this birth was very clearly the power of God at work and could never be thought of as being under Abraham and Sarah’s power to bring about in the strength of their flesh? In fact, Romans 4 notes that the birth of Isaac is to be thought of as God bringing the dead to life. It’s a picture of faith and the fact that it is God who saves. It is God who brings life. The Promise was going to come about in such a way that only God could get the glory.

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The Heart of God Lesson 2 – Genesis: The Beginning of God’s Covenant

Download Study Guide This lesson teaches through the drama of redemption as God’s purposes are revealed by: 1.  God glorifying Himself 2.  God calling a people to Himself 3.  God saving His people. This period of redemption covers the period of Genesis and the generations of God’s people culminating in the story of Abraham and the Patriarchs. The series covers …

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The Day of Reckoning (Gen 15)

God cuts a Covenant with Abraham by walking through the animal carcasses by Himself.  He Promises, by Himself, that He will see the Covenant Promise fulfilled and that He will take on the curses of that Covenant when it is broken.

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Faith at Work and Works of Faith (Gen 13)

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