Christ’s Banquet

Luke 14:24, “For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste My banquet.” What men is Jesus referring to at the close of this parable? Those people the master’s servant invited to the banquet but made excuses (vv. 17-18). God is the Master in the parable, Christ the servant, and we are…

God Hears and Answers

Jonah 2:2, I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and He answered me. The Christian calls out to God, and He answers. The Christian recognises his heart is curved in upon itself—full of the dark, self-serving, and malicious part of us called sin—and in this recognition calls out to God. The Christian confronts…

The Fear of the Lord as Filial Fear: Part II. Fear and Love

This entire series is my 30-paged bachelor thesis I submitted to the theology department at Concordia University-Ann Arbor—a higher Lutheran education university—as part of the requirement to graduate from the Pre-Seminary programme. It has been reformatted to fit this blog. This is the second section of my paper. In part one, I discussed the three…

Cornucopia of Grace

Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” I love food. Food is a motif throughout Scripture both for physical providence and for joy. God provided manna for the Israelites so they might live (Exodus 16) and the Scriptures speak on a joyful feast…

God is Near

Psalm 25:14, The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant. 1 Kings 19:1-8, Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to…

Joy of the Lord

Nehemiah 8:8-10, They read from the book, from the law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD…

Worshipping God

Psalm 100:1-2, Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! In 1 Chronicles 16, the ark of the covenant is brought into the tent of meeting and David leads the congregation of people in worship at this church dedication. They are rejoicing that they have…