Now, in the New Testament, the number for the Church remains twelve as Jesus calls twelve Apostles to be trained by Him to carry out the ministry following His ascension.
New Testament: Acts 11:1-18 (Easter 5: Series C)
In the Old Testament all the world is narrowed down to the people of Israel, which is eventually narrowed down to One—Jesus! Jesus is Israel reduced to one in order that all the world might be saved through Him.
New Testament: Acts 20: 17-35 (Easter 4: Series C)
Perhaps the question that needs answering is, “How?” How can we run the race? How can we be good shepherds of the flock? How can we live and walk as part of the flock?
New Testament: Acts 9:1-22 (Easter 3: Series C)
Paul’s training in the wilderness qualifies him to be an Apostle, an eyewitness of the risen Christ, and the LORD uses him greatly!
New Testament: Acts 5:12-32 (Easter 2: Series C)
To be barred from the Temple was like being ostracized from society as a whole. It was a powerful card to hold, and the Sadducees were not shy about using it.
Old Testament: Isaiah 65:17-25 (Easter Sunday: Series C)
Obviously, the LORD has no intention of slapping a bandage on creation. He will completely restore—it will be made new.
Old Testament: Isaiah 43:16-21 (Lent 5: Series C)
The Exodus always remains a continual and present reality for the people of Israel—it is always on their mind. It was and remained the big salvific event of the Old Testament, yet at the same time it points forward to what God will yet/continue to do to save His people.
Old Testament: Isaiah 12:1-6 (Lent 4: Series C)
In our preaching it is important to decide how to understand this. Are we going to preach the “now” or the “not yet”? As the people of Israel are living in their “now,” are they hearing the words of Isaiah as the “not yet” or, the “not yet of the not yet”?
Old Testament: Ezekiel 33:7-20 (Lent 3: Series C)
This is a difficult time, but Ezekiel is giving great hope in our text for today. In spite of the circumstances, the Gospel predominates.
Old Testament: Jeremiah 26:8-15 (Lent 2: Series C)
God is still faithful. There are still the covenantal promises. There is still the preservation of the Messianic line because He who promised, He who covenanted, must be faithful.
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 (Lent 1: Series C)
The Promise Land's true value is in the gift of Jesus who will provide His blood and very life to endow all people with forgiveness and everlasting life for His children.
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (Transfiguration: Series C)
The LORD God shows His favor and presence with Joshua in the parting of the Jordan and other signs which suggest Joshua is the new Moses… but he is not!
Old Testament: Jeremiah 17:5-8 (Epiphany 6: Series C)
The question the pericope begs us to contemplate is not whether the heart trusts or believes, but rather, what does the heart trust and believe in.
Old Testament: Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) (Epiphany 5: Series C)
Isaiah finds himself in the presence of the living God—the Holy One. This is a terrifying situation because Isaiah knows full well that the unholy cannot endure the presence of the Holy.
Old Testament: Jeremiah 1:4-10 (17-19) (Epiphany 4: Series C)
The LORD cleanses, prepares, and fills the mouths of His prophets, so they might be able to proclaim the holy Word of the LORD.
Old Testament: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 (Epiphany 3: Series C)
Thus, the people weep and mourn, but they are told to cease with their mourning and rejoice and celebrate as a festival without worry or care, for the day is holy to the LORD who is their refuge and strength.