'Judah' Tagged Posts

'Judah' Tagged Posts

OUR SUBSTITUTE

Our old teachers spoke often about “the vicarious atonement.”  We got it, because they explained it.    Churchy words such as, “justification” (to declare not guilty), or “redemption” (to be ransomed by the blood of Christ when we were held hostage by sin, death and hell), or “reconciliation” (that God made friends of us when we were His declared enemies) – these and countless other rich Bible words do not need to be dummied down to a vanilla vocabulary.  They…

A CHANGE OF WARDROBE

In the 3rd chapter of Zechariah, God shows us a vision of the high priest in those days, a man named Joshua (a different man than the one who fought the battle of Jericho). Joshua is a real person.  He is the High Priest of Israel.  He is a priest with an unfinished temple.  When the refugees of Judah returned to the land their fathers and grandfathers called home, the walls of Jerusalem were broken down.  The glorious temple of…

“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 temple of the Lord!” Imagine!  They had lost the…

THE LONG REFORMATION

One writer entitled his book The Long Reformation.  His point was that the reformation is oft repeated throughout history when people have forgotten the truth of God.  It is repeated when God’s people return to the Scriptures to find again their Savior and God’s truth. Israel wandered for 40 years in the wilderness. They forgot God.  So on the border of the Promised Land, Moses preached a long sermon to them called the book of Deuteronomy – literally, the second…

“CAN THESE BONES LIVE?”

You may remember an old spiritual:  “Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones…O hear the word of the Lord…the foot bone’s connected to the leg bone, the leg bone’s connected to the knee bone…” and so on.  That old spiritual song is taken from a vision God gave to the prophet Ezekiel in the 37th chapter, this morning’s Old Testament lesson. Ezekiel pictures the people of Judah to whom the Savior has been promised, trudging to Babylon in chains, a…

WHAT IF…?

Our sermon series on Jeremiah places us at the feet of a preacher who is a bronze wall, an iron barrier to the rebellious unbelief of his own people.  His 52 chapters, though home to some of the most comforting passages of the Scriptures, thunders against the thankless congregation of Judah. We tend to think of the Old Testament prophets as fusty old men, too worked up and uptight about the sins of their times. What we too often fail…

A NEW SERMON SERIES – GEMS FROM JEREMIAH

Last Sunday we completed our sermon series on The Ten Commandments.  This morning we turn to the Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah. God calls Jeremiah to the prophetic office during the declining days of the southern kingdom of Judah.  The Babylonian empire is bearing down on God’s people of promise, threatening their very existence. But far worse is the enemy within.  Good King Josiah sits on the throne when Jeremiah begins his ministry.  But the kings that follow have shown their backs…

“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 temple of the Lord!” Imagine!  They had lost the…

CARPE DIEM!

The famous old Latin phrase was Carpe Diem! – “Seize the Day!”  The ancient slogan was revived some years ago in the movie, Dead Poets Society, and was fashioned into a song in the Disney musical, Newsies. The phrase “Seize the day!” is open to both a godless understanding and a Christian understanding.  The ancient Greeks and Romans and a lot of people down to 2013 believe in seizing the day with a godless gusto which  chants “eat, drink and…