Friday: Man of Sorrows, Part 1

Theme: Jesus Our Example

In this week’s lessons we are given a vivid picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

Verses 6-12, which we studied yesterday, contained the first renewal of the psalmist's lament. In a similar way, verses 13-18 are a first renewal of the psalmist's plea for help. This stanza renews the imagery of the first verses, referring once again to "the mire” and the danger of sinking in it (v. 14), "deep waters" (v. 14) and the "flood" (v. 15). One new image is a "pit" which was likely to "close its mouth over” the psalmist (v. 15). This refers to a cistern which would normally have water at the bottom, the top of which would be closed with a stone. The idea of a cistern closing its mouth over the psalmist means something like being buried alive.

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Thursday: Man of Sorrows, Part 1

Theme: How the Psalm Points to Jesus

In this week’s lessons we are given a vivid picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

Jesus bore a lifetime of insults for God and our sakes. When he spoke the truth about sin, the leaders were incensed. Jesus showed them that they were children of their fathers, who had stoned the prophets and killed those who were sent to them. "You are doing the things your own father does" he told them (John 8:41). They turned on him with wrath and reproached him with illegitimacy. They knew, undoubtedly, that Jesus had been born shortly after the marriage of Joseph and Mary, and not knowing that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit, they flung in his teeth that he was rumored to be illegitimate: "We are not illegitimate children.” Jesus knew that he had been begotten by the Holy Spirit and took this reproach gently, but he let them know their true background: "You belong to your father, the devil" (v. 44).

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Wednesday: Man of Sorrows, Part 1

Theme: The Psalm’s Pattern

In this week’s lessons we are given a vivid picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

The next verse is one which could not have been spoken by Jesus. It is the psalmist's brief confession of folly and guilt or transgression (v. 5). In itself this is not at all surprising. We should all constantly confess our sins to God. What is surprising is that this is not what we would expect at this point of the psalm. We would expect to find a protest of innocence on the psalmist's part, because he has just said, “Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal.”

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The Kerygmatic Fallacy

The preachability of a doctrine is irrelevant to whether it should be preached, let alone whether it is actually true.

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Tuesday: Man of Sorrows, Part 1

Theme: Feeling Overwhelmed

In this week’s lessons we are given a vivid picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

The tone of the psalm is set in the first four verses, which are at the same time both a lament about the psalmist's sad plight and a plea to God to help him. As far as its genre goes, the psalm is a classic lament.

The tone of the psalm is set in the first four verses, which are at the same time both a lament about the psalmist's sad plight and a plea to God to help him. As far as its genre goes, the psalm is a classic lament.

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Canaanized?

Where God’s law is honored and respected, we will observe that men will treat women with the respect, honor, and dignity they deserve as co-images of God himself. Conversely, where God’s law is ignored and tramped upon, we will also see women (and the vulnerable in any society) exploited and neglected.

 

Throughout this summer, my wife and I have been walking through the Book of Judges as part of our family devotions. As all would attest, Judges is a difficult (and depressing) book to study in depth because of the constant refrain of the book: “In those days, there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes”. The moral decline of the Jewish nation is very pronounced in the book, particular from Chapter 17 to the end of the book.

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Monday: Man of Sorrows, Part 1

Theme: Three Important Reference Points

In this week’s lessons we are given a vivid picture of Christ’s sufferings.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

Toward the end of our last study in Psalm 68, I asked whether the psalm was messianic and said that this is not an easy question to answer. In some ways the psalm is messianic, in some ways it is not. There is no difficulty answering the same question about Psalm 69, because it is clearly about Jesus. In fact, it is one of the most obviously messianic psalms in the Psalter. This is why, for instance, next to Psalms 22 and 110, it is the psalm most frequently cited in the New Testament. Seven of its thirty-six verses are directly quoted, and others furnish themes relating to Christ's work that are expanded in the gospels.

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Same Sex Attraction, Temptation, and Jesus

What Revoice and its supporters get terribly wrong...

 

The Revoice conference is over. But we will continue to hear from Revoice, its various speakers and supporters. It is not my goal here to write a point-by-point rebuttal of the many troubling things that were stated in the conference. I have listened to the addresses from Nate Collins and Eve Tushnett and there is enough troubling material there to keep one busy for quite a while.

 

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Friday: God Who Saves, Part 2

Theme: Obedience and Praise

In this week’s lessons from the second part of Psalm 68, we learn that this psalm looks beyond David’s time to a day of future blessing concerning the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Scripture: Psalm 68:19-35

Our commission is to preach the gospel of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ throughout the whole world and leave the conquest of the world to Jesus. This is because he alone is king. Indeed he is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16). He is in complete control of all things. He will reign in power. All nations will come to him, and before him every knee will bow, “in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10, 11).

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Are All Called?

The ministry of the Gospel is far too weighty for someone to enter into lightly or without godly counsel and affirmation. Enter into it unadvisedly and you will most likely find yourself more miserable than you would be anywhere else. Yet, even more important than your own contentedness is the lives of those you shepherd. Ministers will one day give an account to God for them. Do you dare stand watch without being called and equipped?

One aspect of my ministry that I enjoy immensely is advising men who sense a call to ordained ministry--or, at the very least, men who wish to attend seminary in preparation for some sort of full-time ministry. There are many who are pre-occupied with the question of whether or not they should go to seminary. When examining candidates for ordination I sometimes meet individuals who are clearly not qualified for ministry--and who should have been told as much by their pastor(s).

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