An Altar to the Lord

Genesis 12:7, [Abram] built [at Moreh] an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. This was the first time Abram built an altar to YHWH, and he did not pick it at random; God Himself chose the location. And for what purpose? In Luther’s words, “He appoints a definite place where the church should […]

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The Name of Jesus

Luke 2:21, And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus. There are two significances here: first, that the Son of God was born under and subjected to the Law, marked by circumcision. But the second significance is my focus: His name and what it means. He was named Jesus—Ιησοῦς […]

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Renouncing Ungodliness

Titus 2:11-12, For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age. This is not how the world lives; this is how we are called to live. The world embraces and enables ungodliness, the […]

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Review: Theology Is for Proclamation

Author: Gerhard O. Forde Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, 1990 Rating: 5/5 stars Review This is a great read for any theological student. However, as the book is geared towards proclamation/preaching from the pulpit in the public office of the pastor, this book will be most meaningful and insightful for pursuing pastors, particularly Lutheran pastors. Forde’s systematic theology is a […]

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

Isaiah 40:3, A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of YHWH; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Of interesting note is that Isaiah says “YHWH,” not “Messiah” or some other title ascribed to the Messiah/Christ. Thus, John the Baptiser prepared the way not only of the Christ, but especially YHWH—the […]

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The Seed of the Woman

Genesis 3:15, “Now, I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Own Hebrew translation.) Adam, Eve, their children, and their descendants through Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses and all Israel all had faith in this Seed who […]

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God Fulfills His Promises

Matthew 21:1-9, emphasis on v. 4, This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet… What was fulfilled? Jesus the Christ—the Messiah—and King riding humbly on a donkey into Jerusalem. What did the people say when He rode in? “Hosanna” (v. 9)! What is “Hosanna”? It is the Greek transliteration (ὡσαννά) from the Hebrew: […]

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