“Give them Grace or Give them Hell?” Matthew 16:13-20 THIS conversation at Caesarea Philippi is universally regarded as marking a new era in the life of Christ. His rejection by “His own” is now complete. Jerusalem, troubled at His birth, had been troubled once again when He suddenly came to His Temple, and began to … [Read more…]
A smooth rock is not one would use to fight a giant. A sharp or jagged rock would have been preferred but even that is not a great weapon. Instead, David, who is a weak warrior in his own right, not even a full-grown man yet, stands up against an impossible fight. This story is less about David and more about the power of God.
We spend so much time talking about the judgment of God when Jesus already has told us the verdict.
Tongue in cheek meant contempt – the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn or the state of being despised; dishonor; disgrace.
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power[a] of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
Before we talk about the water, we must familiarize ourselves with Jewish custom.
God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[ sin.
And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
Greek poets believed the bowels were the seat of more violent
passions, such as anger and love, but the Hebrews believed they were the seat of the tenderer affections, especially kindness, benevolence, and com-
passion, hence, the equivalent to our heart.
” Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will the law of Christ.” — Galatians 6:2 NRSV