What do you do when the consequences of your bad choices come crushing down upon you? When we pick up with chapter 29, we find David in a position where he is going to have to join the Philistine army in battle against his own people. His lack of faith in God’s protection and his deception of King Achish of Gath have brought he and his men to this critical point. Thankfully, David could never put himself beyond God’s ability to rescue, and God’s mercy is exactly what we see in this text.
Back in 15:23, as Samuel was rebuking Saul for his disobedience to God’s command, he said to Saul “Rebellion is as the sin of divination.” Divination is exactly what Saul resorts to at the end of his life. With the threat of the Philistines bearing down upon him and God not answering his pleas, he makes the sinful decision to visit a medium to call up Samuel from the grave. In this exchange, we see the peril of faithless religion, God’s sovereign hand in desperation, and the dangers of the occult.
Do you long for and end to all the wickedness and corruption of this creation? Do you wrestle with your own flesh and cry out for the day when you will stand in glory, completely free from this body of death? Then Rejoice! For Jesus Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of Jesse, and the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In this first of three sermons from Revelation 5, we explore how Christ is the exclusive Savior of the world by virtue of his atoning work.
God is good, and his goodness is seen in his care for the hopeless wanderer, the afflicted and enslaved, the foolish, and those in trouble.
In this passage, we see Saul fully expressing the evil of his heart. As he accuses his own men of conspiracy, then orders Doeg to slaughter the priests and people of Nob, he joins the ranks of antichrists who have already appeared (1 John 2:18). In contrast, David is the embodiment of the lovingkindness of Christ as he grieves over loss of life and becomes a refuge for the priest of the Lord.
Christ is the one that was delivered up for the sins of his people, he bore his own cross as the faithful son, and he intercedes on behalf of his people.
According to Revelation 12, Christmas is about a 7 headed dragon waiting at the foot of the manger to devour the Christ child. Christmas is about intense spiritual warfare as the devil and his angels wage war in heaven and are cast down to the world in bitter defeat. And Christmas is about the victory of the lamb of God born out in the lives of the saints who are even willing to face death to show the world the glory of His salvation. In this 3rd and final message of the mini-series, we look at how Satan attacks the church and how God’s purpose prevails.
The announcement of God’s peace toward men impacts every area of our lives. Because of Jesus’s coming, we can have peace with God, peace with ourselves, and peace with fellow sinners.
In this second of three sermons from Revelation 12, we explore the victory of the ages as Christ’s ascension triggers a battle in the heavens that ends with Satan being fully ejected from heaven. Because of Christ’s victory, no accusation will ever be heard against his people in the halls of heaven ever again. But now that Satan has been cast down to earth for good, he is going to do everything he can to attack God’s people physically with suffering and loss and death.
Christ is the one who bore the curse on behalf of his people. He is the promised servant that faithfully fulfilled his mission as God’s anointed one who suffered in the place of His people.