Israel in the Heavenly Places in Egypt

In Exodus 8:22 Yahweh says, “And in that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell that no swarms shall be there, in order that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the land.” Yahweh says that He will become a firmament in the…

Heptamerous Calamities?

Nahum Sarna suggests that there is a seven-step sequence in the calamities that befall Job: 1. Sabeans raid oxen and donkeys2. Sabeans kill the servants3. Fire of God consumes sheep4. Fire of God consumes servants5. Chaldeans raid camels6. Chaldeans kill the servants7. Wind strikes the house and kills children

Deep Glory

In our sermon text today, the Lord promises to come in great glory and terror and judgment. The day of the Lord will come and men flee and tremble. The earth shakes mightily, and the glory of the majesty of the Lord shines forth in splendor casting down all the high things, all the pride…

Tasting the Glory of God

“For the day of the Lord of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up – and it shall be brought low – upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up…” (Is. 2:12-13) On the Lord’s Day those things which are proud and lofty are brought low….

Walking in the Light

“O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Is. 2:5) Every week we gather for worship in order to be called once again to walk in the light of the Lord. This service is one of the significant ways God shines His light upon us, convicting us of…

Peace for the World

“He shall judge between the nations and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Is. 2:4) When God comes for His people He comes not only to restore right worship but to…

Like a Smelly Beggar Claiming to be President

We are gathered here as the disciples of the risen Christ. Here we are gathered to proclaim and enact the fact that 2000 years ago God came for this wretched, sin infested world. He came as our Kinsman Redeemer: He came for those who were bowed down beneath their debts, enslaved to tyrants – gods…

Prayer for His Harvest

As David Platt pointed out in his recent book Radical, when Jesus notices that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, he doesn’t tell his disciples to therefore go out themselves and start harvesting. Rather, he tells them to pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest (Mt….

Christ and Nothing

If you have never read David Bentley Hart’s essay “Christ and Nothing,” you need to. Here it is: http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles2/HartChrist.shtml And now you have no excuses.

Deserts and Gardens

In the garden, Adam was tempted by the Devil, and that garden withered and died from Adam’s sin and turned into a desert. Many centuries later, the Last Adam appeared and went into that wilderness to be tempted by the Devil in order that by His obedience the desert might become a garden again.