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The Call of the Deacon, Part 4: The Call of Mercy

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Perspectives for the New Year (Psalm 90)

Psalm 90 1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!” 4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it …

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Lessons From Genesis

1.  It all started with God. God is the Creator.  All things were created for His glory and purposes.  We are apt to seeing ourselves as the center of the universe and the most important person in the world.  On the stage of history, God has the final word about purpose and our place in it.  We owe Him life …

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Micah

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1. Intro a. The Lord speaks before major events (Amos and Hosea sent to Northern Kingdom prior to fall of Samaria to Assyrians) b. Micah is sent to the Southern Kingdom during end of Jotham’s reign and during Jotham’s reign (co-regents 743-735 BC). c. Lord prepares His people for ministry of prophets (same time as Isaiah) d. From Gath (Goliath’s …

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These Present Realities and The Reality of God’s Presence (Gen 39)

Genesis 39 1 Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 His …

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Jonah

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1. Written 770 during reign of Jehoash 2. Jonah 1 – Word of the Lord came… 3. Jonah fled to Tarshish (other direction from Ninevah) 4. Jonah thrown into sea 5. Lord prepares a fish 6. Jonah prophesies against Ninevah (Day of the Lord…) 7. City repents in sackcloth a. People repent hoping God relents b. Jonah didn’t even tell …

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Hosea

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1. Word of the Lord came to Hosea…in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, king of Israel a. Same timeframe as Isaiah b. Around 750 c. Prosperity in Northern Kingdom 2. Chapter 1 a. 2 – take a wife of harlotry for the children are whoring b. 3 – …

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When 20/20 Hindsight Just Isn’t Good Enough (Psalm 77)

Psalm 77 To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph. 1 I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. 2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. 3 When I remember God, I moan; …

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Gimme Shelter (Psalm 91)

Psalm 91 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover …

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Bless the LORD, O my Soul (Psalm 103)

Psalm 103 1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 …

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