'Old Testament' Tagged Posts (Page 3)

'Old Testament' Tagged Posts (Page 3)

“TO GOD WHAT IS GOD’S!”

The book of Ezra tells us how God’s Old Testament people came home from their 70-year captivity in Babylon.  They return home to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. Foundations are laid.  Hymns are sung.  There are shouts of joy mingled with tears over why all this was necessary in the first place. But now some years went by.  People got busy with other things.  Plowing…

EPIPHANY

The official start of the Epiphany season is January 6.  The word “epiphany” means to make manifest, to reveal, to show forth.   This season of the Christian Church Year reminds us that Jesus is not only the virgin-born Child of Mary, true yet sinless Man.  He is also God Himself come in the flesh, the second Person of the Holy Trinity.  The Wise Men worship Him.  He…

THE OFFENSE OF THE GOSPEL

One of our most familiar and time-honored Advent hymns is the hauntingly beautiful Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmauel.   It is an old Latin hymn that goes back to the 1100’s, some say even before A.D. 800.  It speaks of ancient Israel longing for the coming of Christ, the Messiah, to set them free from the real bondage of sin, death and hell. It speaks to all those whom Paul…

“I HAVE FOUND THE BOOK!”

The Bible tells us of good King Josiah in the waning days of the kingdom of Judah.  He has been called the Martin Luther of the Old Testament.  He got rid of the idols in the land and restored the worship of the one, true God. Somewhere amid all the remodeling, scrubbing and dusting, Hilkiah the High Priest makes an announcement:  “I have found the Book of the Law in the…

A LOOK BACK

Fifteen years ago today, September 11, 2001, a day which ever since we simply call 9/11, we saw that the oceans could no longer protect us.   The following Sunday, we worshipped as usual.  We recited Psalm 46 and sang the hymn Luther took from it – “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  At the time, we were on a journey through the life of Joseph in Genesis. The sermon theme…