Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sat 090829 pm Psa 89-90

Psalm 89 Ethan the Exrahite; 52 vrs.; --??

89.10 Rahab a poetical name applied to Egypt in Ps. 87:4; 89:10; Isa. 51:9, as “the proud one”
Most of this psalm was spent praising God for his faithful protection. Then in verse 38 Ethan turns to complain


Psalm 90 Moses; 17 vrs.; 90.4--2 Peter 3.8

90.4 This verse is a great explanation or illustration of God's eternity.
90.11 Who considers... We should give some thought to this.
90.12 Teach us... Another verse that exhorts us to be thoughtful about our lives.

John 11.20-27 homily notes

1. When we do not understand, it is wise to defer to God's larger perspective and plan.

· We see here the disconnect between God's intention and Martha's limited perspective.
· It is a matter of timing and perspective
6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.
Jesus had waited

· "God often delays His response but He is never late." Swindoll
· His response is calibrated to His eternal best, not to our sense of urgency.

We often focus on our immediate welfare and temporary good. Though we may not understand it, God has a better eternal plan.
4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

· Both Martha and Mary greeted Jesus with the words, "Lord, if You had…"
· Take your "if only's" to the Lord and trust in his better plan.

2. We must all face the reality of death.

—Our death is the result of sin.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned--
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

—Christ's death is the solution for sin.
Romans 5
6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

—A repentant faith is how we receive the gift of eternal life.
John 11:26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

This is not about playing word games.
It is about a change of heart.
Have your turned to God in repentant faith?

3. Christ's great confession should be ours.
· I AM

Exodus 3
13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”
14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
This is one of the seven I AM's that John records as evidence of Christ's absolute deity.

· Resurrection
Jesus gave a temporary sign to show that he was who he said he was. He eventually died again.
43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

Jesus' own resurrection is the pattern for ours.
I Corinthians 15
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.

"Someday you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody of East Northfield, Massachusetts is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all; out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal, fashioned like unto His glorious body." —D. L. Moody

TE: It is easy to trust in some distant abstract thought, but Jesus' life is for the here and now.

· Life
Note that Jesus did not say that He gave life or was the source of life. He was life.
To know Him is to have life.
John 17
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

"It is not future events but the Person of the Lord, ever present with us, that we need most to be occupied with." —Pink

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fri 090828 am 1 Peter 1:3-9

1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

Blessed to "to eulogize or speak well of"
· A couple translations say "praise be to God."
· Even in the midst of a temporary but difficult loss, we can and should speak of God's blessing and gifts and give praise to Him.

abundant mercy
· Mercy speaks of "kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted."
· Mercy reminds us of the sinful condition that God finds us in.
· All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
· The word abundant reminds that God's infinite mercy is so full and deep that it encompasses all of us.
· There is no sin so great or heart so hard that God's mercy cannot enfold it.

living hope
· The word living reminds us that our hope is not some dead platitude, but something that is grounded in reality.
· Early translations called it a "lively hope." This reminds us that this living hope should animate us in difficult times. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 reminds us that we should not "sorrow as others who have no hope."

resurrection of Christ
· The resurrection of Christ was preceded by His death to pay the price for our sins.
· In the garden God told the first man that the day he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he would surely die.
· In Romans 6:23, the Apostle Paul reminds us that the wages of sin is death.
· Later in this book of 1 Peter, the Apostle tells us.
· For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, (1 Peter 3.18)

an inheritance
· incorruptable,
· undefiled,
· and that does not fade away.

rejoice, though grieved

· for a little while
· the genuineness of your faith
· These words speak of the continuing working out of our salvation here between our regeneration an ultimate glorification.

1 Peter 3:9 "receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls."

Faith What are we to believe?
1. Believe in your sin and need of salvation.
2. Believe in Christ's death to pay for your sin.
3. Believe in Christ's resurrection
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved… Acts 16:31

Salvation mentioned here has three parts
1. Regenerating our spirit speaks of conversion.
2. Purifying our faith speaks of the ongoing work of sanctification and spiritual growth in this life.
3. Receiving our inheritance speaks of the expectation that we have of being freed from these mortal bodies and present with the Lord.

Letus consider three things.

1. Have you put your trust in Christ. Is that living hope a reality in your life?
2. Those of us who are here have been left here for a purpose.
3. Believers, comfort yourself with the temporary nature of death for God's saints. Temper your grief and heartache with hope.

1 Thess. 4
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. F5 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mon 090824 pm Psa 87-88

Psalm 87 sons of Korah; 7 vrs.; --??
A psalm about Jerusalem

Psalm 88 Sons of Korah; 18 vrs.; 88.8--Luke 23.49
Lament over troubles.

88.1 God of my salvation...
88.10-12 Seems to imply that the dead are no longer aware of God. Interesting.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sun 090823 pm Psa 77-86

Psalm 77 Asaph; 20 vrs.; --??
Has the Lord stopped being compassionate? I will meditate on His works.

77.8 Has his steadfast love forever ceased? This seems to be an odd question in the wording of the ESV. The Hebrew word translated "steadfast love" is checed. Different translations use various English words to translate it. Young's Literal-kindness; KJV & NKJV-mercy; NASB-lovingkindness; NIV & New Living Trans.-unfailing love. The TWOT has an extensive discussion of the word and the question of whether it is based on free acts of kindness or covenant commitments. I imagine the ESV's translation is trying to capture those two aspects. Gesenius's Lexicon on the Blue Letter Bible identifies the core meaning as desire or ardour with the good sense meaning "zeal toward one, goodness, kindness." Mercy fits well when describing God's kindness toward we undeserving people. Each choice seems to have it's merit. I think that I would lean toward kindness or mercy, but also think the NASB's lovingkindness also captures the meaning well.

Psalm 78 Asaph; 72 vrs.; 78.2-Matt. 13.35; 78.24--John 6.31
Reviews Gods working with Israel thru David.
78.2 I will open my mouth... Fulfilled in Matthew 13.35 by Christ.
78.12 Zoan (Old Egyptian: Sant= “stronghold,” the modern San). A city on the Tanitic branch of the Nile, called by the Greeks Tanis. It was built seven years after Hebron in Palestine (Num. 13:22). This great and important city was the capital of the Hyksos, or Shepherd kings, who ruled Egypt for more than 500 years. It was the frontier town of Goshen. Here Pharaoh was holding his court at the time of his various interviews with Moses and Aaron. "No trace of Zoan exists; Tanis was built over it, and city after city has been built over the ruins of that" (Harper, Bible and Modern Discovery). Extensive mounds of ruins, the wreck of the ancient city, now mark its site (Isa. 19:11, 13; 30:4; Ezek. 30:14). "The whole constitutes one of the grandest and oldest ruins in the world."
This city was also called “the Field of Zoan” (Ps. 78:12, 43) and “the Town of Rameses” (q.v.), because the oppressor rebuilt and embellished it, probably by the forced labor of the Hebrews, and made it his northern capital.
78.36-37 O that our hearts would be true the the confession of our mouths and we would love the Lord with all our hearts.
78.49 a company of destroying angels Interesting. I need to remember to include all the allusions to the plagues and exodus from the Psalms next time I study that part of Exodus.
78.64 and their widows made no lamentation... I guess that when the widows aren't sad the country is defeated, it wasn't really worth much anymore anyway.

Psalm 79 Asaph; 13 vrs.; --??
A prayer for relief from the nations.

79.10 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"

Psalm 80 Asaph; 19 vrs.; --??
Another prayer for delieverance from the nations.

80.8-16 The metapor of a vine is used to illustrate Israel.
80.3, 7, 19 Let your face shine, that we may be saved! God's favor preceeds salvation here. While this has more to do with the physical delieverance of Israel, it is laguage that fits well with salvation.

Psalm 81 Asaph; 16 vrs.; --??
God's desire that His people would listen and submit to Him and receive his blessings.

81.10 Open your mouth wiide, and I will fill it. The good hear of God. Just how do we get our mouths open?
81.11 The answer.
81.12 Reminisent of Romans 1. Gods punishment is to let us go our own way. Our sins carry their own punishments. O that I would listen and walk in His ways!

Psalm 82 Asaph; 8 vrs.; 82.6--John 10:34
Plea for God to judge the wicked.

82.2 This seems like a pretty strong accusation against God. Courious.
80.4 how long will you be angry with the prayers of your people?

Psalm 83 Asaph; 18 vrs.; --??
Prayer against enemies of God that plotted against Israel.

83.11 Oreb a prince of Midian, who, being defeated by Gideon and put to straits, was slain along with Zeeb (Judg. 7:20-25)
83.11 Zebah one of the two kings who led the vast host of the Midianites who invaded the land of Israel, and over whom Gideon gained a great and decisive victory (Judg. 8). Zebah and Zalmunna had succeeded in escaping across the Jordan with a remnant of the Midianite host, but were overtaken at Karkor, probably in the Hauran, and routed by Gideon. The kings were taken alive and brought back across the Jordan; and confessing that they had personally taken part in the slaughter of Gideon's brothers, they were put to death (compare 1 Sam. 12:11; Isa. 10:26; Ps. 83:11).
83.18 that they may know that you alone ... are the Most High... This should be our primary motivation in our prayers and lives.

Psalm 84 Sons of Korah; 12 vrs.; --??
Positive psalm of general praise.

84.6 Valley of Bacah This was probably a valley in some part of Palestine, or one of the valleys through which pilgrims had to pass on their way to the sanctuary of Jehovah on Zion; or it may be figuratively “a valley of weeping.”
84.10 a doorkeeper... This is an interesting statement in light to Jesus's statement about the least being the greatest in the kingdom of God.

Psalm 85 Son's of Korah
How long till God forgives His people?

85.10 righteous and peace kiss each other. I t like just like this expression. Peace and righteousness together is a good thing to contemplate.

Psalm 86 David; 17 vrs.; 86.9--Revelation 15.4?
Prayer for delieverance.