Being a youth pastor now means teaching a lot of lessons. In my Sunday school lessons lately, I’ve been working on a project to go through the story of the whole Bible. This has been pretty interesting to work on, and this post just reflects some of the observations I’ve made while making lessons for … Continue reading "Assorted Observations on Early Genesis"
The other day in church the preacher was talking about 2 Kings 4, when Elisha provided a widow with a miracle of multiplied oil. That account is interesting enough in its own right, but I found myself, for at least some of the sermon, distracted by the verses which immediately preceded it. I saw the … Continue reading "That Time a Pagan Sacrifice Worked"
Yesterday I posted the following status on Facebook: The problem with abandoning the historicity of the Old Testament is that every few years another aspect of it is vindicated. To which I received this response: Yet we would acknowledge the role that varying styles of literature in the ancient Near East has to play, right? … Continue reading "On a Historical Old Testament"
In Genesis 23, Abraham’s wife Sarah dies. Probably the most important aspect of this event to biblical history is that it leads to Abraham’s first legal claim to the promised land. In seeking a tomb for Sarah, Abraham spoke to the local Hittites and asked to buy some land. Both these first Hittites and Ephron, … Continue reading "The Promise in the Tomb"
I preached yet again last night, and this is my manuscript. Due to the context, I ended up significantly compressing this sermon. What you’re reading here is much longer than what I actually preached. I thought that, before I begin tonight, I should tell you all a little bit about myself, but not too much, because … Continue reading "Son of David, King of Justice"
Alastair Roberts, a favorite blogger of mine, has just finished a 10-part series on the Transfiguration. It’s really interesting, and I highly recommend it for any of you who can fathom 10 blog posts covering just the Transfiguration. Reading this series has given me two thoughts I feel are worth sharing, one more directly from … Continue reading "Whose Glory? On the Transfiguration"
[This is my term paper for my Old Testament Backgrounds. Enjoy.] Introduction If a hundred people had to describe the text of Exodus 28, which covers the garments of the Aaronic priesthood, in a single word, “boring” would probably win a majority, or at least a strong plurality, of the votes. This is probably true even … Continue reading "Aaron Adorned by Christ: The Meaning of the Priestly Vestments"
This is post 1 of 1 in the series “Glimpses: Seeing Christ Before Christ” [“Glimpses: Seeing Christ before Christ” is an ongoing series consisting of brief reflections on places in the Old Testament that the light of Christ can be seen.] Today I was reading Genesis 50:15-26 and I noticed something exciting. At the conclusion of the long … Continue reading "Glimpses: Joseph and Jesus Say “Fear Not”"
The New Testament frequently cites Old Testament prophecy about Jesus. A quick glance, even just through Matthew, shows just how much this was emphasized. Core to the Christian faith is the belief that Jesus fulfills the prophetic word of God in the Old Testament. The ancient Nicene Creed says Jesus “suffered death and was buried, and rose again on … Continue reading "Wait, How Is That Prophecy about Jesus?"
These are just the quick notes I took on the Tower of Babel incident while reading through Genesis 10-11 this morning. The motivation for the tower of Babel is interesting. The one people wanted to unite in glory in resistance to God’s intention to bless the earth through their filling and diversification. It appears there was … Continue reading "Very Short Thoughts on the Tower of Babel"