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Join Rev. Jonathan Fisk and a guest pastor to test your metal on "What does this mean?" and learn to spar with the best of them. Each episode covers the Daily Lectionary New Testament text.

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    Sustained to the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 56:50

    Rev. Philip Hoppe, pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Finlayson, MN and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bruno, MN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 1 Corinthians 1:3-9. St. Paul sets the tone for his first letter to the Christian church at Corinth by centering them in the Lord Jesus Christ. He blesses them with the grace and peace that come from God alone. Although this congregation has its problems, St. Paul gives thanks for all that the grace of God has accomplished there. By the preaching of the Gospel of Christ's coming in the flesh, they have not lacked in any gift of God's grace. This prepares them for the revealing of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Last Day. His faithfulness will sustain them to that Day as they share in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ and so with all other Christians. This is true for Christians still today as we wait for the final advent of our Lord. “Advent with the Apostles” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Epistle readings for the season of Advent. This holy season of repentance and joy focuses on the coming of Christ. As the apostles write to us concerning Christian doctrine and life in light of what Christ has done in His first coming in the flesh, they strengthen us to live and wait in hope for His second coming in glory on the Last Day.

    Living in Love and Light in the Last Days

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 55:23

    Rev. James Yonkers, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danville, IL, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Romans 13:8-14. The season of Advent is a time of waiting, repentance, and faith. As we prepare to celebrate the first coming of Christ at Christmas, we also prepare to receive Him when He comes again in glory on the Last Day. St. Paul encourages us to do precisely that in the text from Romans 13. Having already expounded at length that sinners are saved by God's grace alone, St. Paul is now in his section of this epistle in which he instructs Christians what life under God's grace looks like now. The word “love” summarizes his answer. The love that Christians owe others is shaped by God's Law, so that Christians strive after what is helpful rather than harmful to our neighbor. We do this with urgency, because we know that the time is at hand. Christ has come and won salvation, and He is coming again soon. Why would we walk in the darkness of evil when we have seen His glorious light? He has clothed us with Himself in Holy Baptism. That's why we daily put off the old sinful nature and wear the righteousness of Christ as we wait for Him to return. “Advent with the Apostles” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Epistle readings for the season of Advent. This holy season of repentance and joy focuses on the coming of Christ. As the apostles write to us concerning Christian doctrine and life in light of what Christ has done in His first coming in the flesh, they strengthen us to live and wait in hope for His second coming in glory on the Last Day.

    NEW SERIES: Advent with the Apostles

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 2:25

    “Advent with the Apostles” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Epistle readings for the season of Advent. This holy season of repentance and joy focuses on the coming of Christ. As the apostles write to us concerning Christian doctrine and life in light of what Christ has done in His first coming in the flesh, they strengthen us to live and wait in hope for His second coming in glory on the Last Day. Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God's Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen. Sharper Iron is underwritten by Lutheran Church Extension Fund, where your investments help support the work of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Visit lcef.org.

    The LORD Is There

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 56:08

    Rev. Dr. Adam Filipek, pastor at Holy Cross and Immanuel Lutheran Churches in Lidgerwood, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 48:1-35. Ezekiel's vision comes to a grand conclusion. He hears the division of the land according to the tribes. Unlike the division of the land under Joshua, the LORD here divides the land equally, a picture of the equal share of grace God gives to all His people. The LORD also reunites His divided people as He brings them back together to dwell safely in the land. The LORD's allotment of land for Himself is in the midst of His people, along with the land for the prince. He serves to unite all God's people, a promise fulfilled by Jesus, who draws all people to Himself by His death on the cross. All of this culminates in the holy city, which bears the name, “The LORD Is There.” The LORD will not forsake His exiles; He will dwell among them. This is what He has done for us now in Jesus, even as we await the fulness of this promise in eternity, seen by St. John in Revelation. There, God will dwell with us, and we will dwell with Him in resurrection glory. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The River of Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 56:11

    Rev. Jason M. Kaspar, pastor at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in La Grange, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 47:1-23. Ezekiel sees a river flow from the new temple. Although no tributaries join this river, it grows from a trickle into the mightiest of rivers. Because it flows from the presence of God, this river provides life all around. The saltiness of the Dead Sea is made fresh. Multitudes of fish find a home there. All kinds of trees bear all kinds of fruit for food, and their leaves give healing. The vision Ezekiel sees is fulfilled in Jesus, who is the true temple of God who gives water of eternal life in Holy Baptism. St. John sees the fullness of this vision at the end of Revelation. Ezekiel also sees the boundaries of the Promised Land. The LORD will make His people dwell securely here, and He also provides inclusion for sojourners to be made a part of His people. This is a picture of the LORD's desire to bring salvation through Jesus Christ to all nations. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Christ is the Object of Thanksgiving (Rebroadcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 52:54

    Rev. Sam Wirgau, pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ossian, IN joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 17:11-19. Samaria was not a place where many Jews of Jesus' day ventured, but that is exactly the route Jesus took to Jerusalem and His cross. There Jesus encountered ten lepers. These men not only suffered greatly physically from this terrible illness. Even more than that, they were separated from their community and worship life through the ceremonial uncleanness they endured. This served as a picture of the sin that infects all people. That's why these ten lepers cry out to Jesus for mercy, His grace and compassion that alone can heal and save. Jesus sends them to show themselves to the priest, and as they go, His Word effects healing. One recognizes what has happened and believes. He returns to Jesus as the true Temple, the place where God dwells in human flesh. He returns to Jesus as the true Priest, the one who makes the final sacrifice for sin. He praises God by giving praise and thanks to Jesus. The Lord marvels at the faith of this Samaritan. Though he had been a foreigner, by faith, he is now a citizen of Jesus' heavenly kingdom. Jesus calls him to join Him on the journey of discipleship with Him, holding onto the faith that has made him well. This text invites us to do far more than simply make sure we go back to Jesus to tell Him, “Thank you,” as some sort of formality. Instead, this text calls us to the same faith as that one leper, recognizing that Jesus is the one true God in our human flesh to whom belongs all our praise and thanks for His gift of cleansing from sin. This is a rebroadcast from November 29, 2019.

    The Joy of Thanksgiving (Rebroadcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 52:55

    Rev. John Bussman, pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cullman, AL joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Philippians 4:6-20. The church at Philippi had seen the Apostle Paul go through highs and lows during his ministry. As he writes his letter to them from prison, he proclaims to them the joy that remains theirs in Christ regardless of their circumstances. Because the LORD's return is near, Christians live differently in the world. We are freed from anxiousness and worry through the comfort that is ours in Christ. Prayer and supplication flows from our lips to our Father's throne of grace. His peace, given through the death and resurrection of Jesus, is our true guard from all evil. For that reason, our minds are occupied with all the good that He gives, as the Apostle learned and modeled from the Lord. Paul's joy continues to abound through the gift that the Philippians sent. He had learned to be content in every circumstance, whether full or hungry, whether he had plenty or he had need, for Christ was his strength. The Philippians' gift to him was another example of the fruit of faith that the Lord brought forth in them from the beginning of the gospel among them. Because of the richness of that gospel poured forth in Jesus Christ, Paul knew that they would have everything they need. That same comfort and confidence belongs to us as Christians today as we receive Christ's riches in Word and Sacrament. This is a rebroadcast from November 28, 2019.

    A Place to Worship and Eat with God

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 55:24

    Rev. Stephen Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 46:1-24. Ezekiel continues to see the worship life of the new temple. The prince bears an important responsibility in the regular services of the temple; he represents the people before the LORD. In this way, the prince prefigures the work of Jesus Christ, who is a mediator for us before the throne of God. The differences between Ezekiel's vision and the regulations of the Torah are a reminder that this text, and the entire Old Testament, is looking forward to its fulfillment in Christ. The instructions concerning the prince's inheritance recall the jubilee regulations from Leviticus 25 and strengthen God's promise that His people will no longer be scattered. The presence of the temple kitchens is a reminder that God desires to eat with His people, a reality that is fulfilled in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ and the ongoing celebration of His Holy Supper. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Holy Worship in a Holy Land

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 54:04

    Rev. David Appold, pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Paducah, KY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 45:1-25. Ezekiel begins to see how the land will be divided and set apart. The LORD has an inheritance among His people in order that He might dwell among them and His holiness be accessed to His people's blessing. The priests' land is closest to the LORD; this foreshadows the way that God makes His Christians co-heirs with Christ. Ezekiel continues to see the role of the prince; he leads the people in true worship of the LORD, which in turn leads to their righteous dealings with each other. The new temple that Ezekiel sees will not be an empty museum, but the feasts of the LORD will be kept as His way of coming to bless His people with His name. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Prince and the Priests

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 54:35

    Rev. Andrew Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Haven, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 44:1-31. For the first time in his vision of the new temple, Ezekiel hears of the role of the prince. He is granted special access to sit and eat before the LORD. Even though the prince has a royal title, his main responsibilities revolve around the worship of God's people. His duties point forward to Jesus, in whom the offices of King and Priest are combined and fulfilled. Ezekiel then sees who cannot enter the temple. Those uncircumcised in heart and flesh, that is, those who are unbelievers, cannot enter. Ezekiel also sees the roles for unfaithful and faithful Levites. The unfaithful Levites still had priestly duties, fulfilled in Caiaphas' unwitting prophecy concerning Jesus. The faithful Levites were the sons of Zadok. Their keeping of certain purity laws pointed forward to Christ as the One who makes sinners holy and clean. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh. Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God's Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.

    The Glory of the LORD Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 54:36

    Rev. Ned Moerbe, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blackwell, OK, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 43:1-27. Ezekiel reaches a key moment in his vision of the new temple. Previously, Ezekiel had seen the glory of the LORD leave the temple in Jerusalem, but now he sees the glory of the LORD fill the new temple. This hearkened back to the LORD's presence in the cloud that filled the tabernacle and temple; it also points forward to the way God's presence came to dwell among us in the incarnation of the Son. Ezekiel sees that this will be a time when the people will no longer defile the name of the LORD; we pray for this now in the Lord's Prayer even as we await its complete fulfillment in eternity. Ezekiel's description of the altar in the temple points forward to the final sacrifice for sins that Christ made for sinners on the cross. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Holy Chambers for Holy Offerings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 56:13

    Rev. Hans Fiene, pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Crestwood, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 42:1-20. Ezekiel's vision of the new temple continues into other rooms and chambers of the temple complex. Although the measurements given were never intended to be used to construct this temple, the fact that the LORD provides them shows the reality of the LORD's promise and the deliberateness of His intention to fulfill His Word. The clear distinction between the holy and the common in this temple is a reminder that the LORD's bare holiness is unapproachable by sinners. Yet in His mercy, God provides access to His holiness to benefit sinners through His Son, Jesus Christ. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Access to God's Holiness in Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 55:53

    Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, pastor at St. Paul and Jesus Deaf Lutheran Churches in Austin, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 41:1-26. Ezekiel's vision of the new temple continues into the temple itself, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. Though some of the details can be difficult to ascertain, the main promise is certain. To exiles living in Babylon, the LORD gives His assurance that He can get to where His people are. The descriptions of cherubim and palm trees adorning this temple hearken back to the Garden of Eden; the LORD brings His people back to Himself and dwells with them as their God in the person and work of Jesus Christ. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Jesus Is the Entrance to God's Presence

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 55:15

    Rev. Luke Zimmerman, pastor at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 40:28-49. Ezekiel's vision of the new temple continues into the inner court of the temple. The measurements are again given in precise detail; the repeated use of the numbers 25, 50, and 100 may be a reference to the freedom from slavery given in year of Jubilee. The entrances from the outer court to the inner court are a reminder that the LORD must be the One to provide the way to come near to His holiness; His grace is seen in the fact that He does precisely that through His Son Jesus Christ. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Ezekiel's Vision of the New Temple

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 51:58

    Rev. Matt Wietfeldt, Director of Admissions and the Christ Academy program at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 40:1-27. Ezekiel's book comes to a grand climax and conclusion with the vision he receives of the new temple. In the first part of Ezekiel's ministry, the LORD condemned His people's idolatry, prompting Him to leave His temple. Yet after the temple was destroyed, the LORD brought Ezekiel into the second part of his ministry, in which he comforted the people of God with the promise of restoration and rescue. Those promises are brought to fulfillment in Ezekiel's vision of a new temple, in which the LORD will dwell with His people forever. This vision is not intended as a blueprint for a structure to be built; rather, through this vision the LORD intends to prepare the hearts of His people to receive Christ as Savior when He comes. Ezekiel's vision of the outer courts of the temple reminds us that through faith in Christ, both Jew and Gentile are welcomed into God's presence. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Gates of Magog Will Not Prevail

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 55:21

    Rev. Daniel Golden, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Parkersburg, WV, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 39:1-29. The LORD continues His description of His defeat of the enemies of His Church. Even though a great host attacked the LORD's people, the LORD's victory over His enemies is full and complete. All their weapons will be burned in the fire, and all their bodies will be buried. There will be no remnant of the enemy to threaten the remnant of the LORD's people, and there will be no unholiness to desecrate the LORD's people. With the enemies of His people completely destroyed, the LORD will bring His people to everlasting peace and security; His face will be hidden from them no longer. This has been fulfilled in the face of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, even as we wait to see Him face-to-face in the complete fulfillment at the resurrection. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Gog Came, Gog Saw, Gog Lost

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 55:04

    Rev. William Terjesen, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Peekskill, NY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 38:1-23. The LORD has been comforting His people through Ezekiel by giving them promises concerning the Messianic age. Will these promises stand even when the enemies of the LORD and His people attack? The answer is loud and clear: “Yes!” Clues from the text itself and the rest of Holy Scripture lead us to read the account of Gog and Magog as describing the attacks of the Church's enemies throughout time, culminating with the stronger attacks in the last days. One key point throughout the text is that even these enemies are under the LORD's direction. Through their attacks, He gains glory for Himself and rescue for His people. In that way, this text should strike fear and repentance into the heart of the LORD's enemies and bring comfort to the LORD's people. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Reconciled through the Tree

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 56:20

    Rev. Steve Andrews, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bishop, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 37:15-28. Although the second half of Ezekiel 37 is likely less familiar than the first, the Gospel promise is just as sweet. The LORD gives Ezekiel the action prophecy of joining two sticks in his hand. This is a picture of how the LORD will unite His divided people once more. The LORD has done this through the tree of the cross, reconciling sinners to Himself and uniting Jews and Gentiles through faith in Christ. Jesus is the fulfillment of the king the LORD promises over His people. Those who trust in Jesus dwell with Him forever under His covenant of peace. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Dry Bones Live

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 54:29

    Rev. Matt Ulmer, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bishop, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 37:1-14. In perhaps the most memorable text from Ezekiel, the LORD shows the prophet a valley full of dry bones. The scene is one of utter death. Though the answer to the LORD's question seems obvious, Ezekiel puts the ball back in the LORD's court, showing faith that the LORD can bring life from death. Through the prophetic word spoken by Ezekiel, the LORD does cause the dry bones to live once more. This scene provides a picture of hope and comfort for the exiles of Judah; the LORD will restore them to life in their land once more. This scene provides a picture of hope and comfort to Christians today; He has raised us to new life by the Gospel of His Son, and on the Last Day, when Jesus returns, He will literally call us out of our graves and give us the fullness of eternal life in body and soul for all eternity. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Sprinkled with Clean Water in God's Holy Name

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 55:25

    Rev. Dustin Beck, pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 36:16-38. The LORD tells His people that their idolatry has defiled them and profaned His name among the nations. Their uncleanness has made them unfit to enter into His presence for worship, and their profaning of His name has led the nations to speak poorly of the LORD. The LORD promises that He will act to remedy both situations--not because His people deserve it, but for the sake of His own name. He will vindicate Himself before the nations by bringing His people back to their land. He will cleanse His people from their defilement by washing them clean, giving them new hearts, and placing His Spirit within them. This will have effects on the land as well; the once desolate places will flourish once more. This text points to the LORD's fulfillment in Jesus Christ, who showed the holiness of God's name in His death and resurrection so that we might have new hearts by being cleansed in the water and Word of Baptism. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Consolation for the Mountains of Israel

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 54:43

    Rev. David Boisclair, pastor at Bethesda and Faith Lutheran Churches in north St. Louis County, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 36:1-15. The prophecy against the mountains of Israel in Ezekiel 6 and the prophecy against Mount Seir in Ezekiel 35 provide the background for this section. Now that the LORD has spoken judgment upon His people's enemies both from within and without, He turns with words of restoration and redemption for His people. Their enemies had sought to harm them in the aftermath of the Babylonian exile, but now the LORD, as a jealous husband, promises to rescue His people. The land will be restored with blessings even more abundant than Eden. No longer will idolatrous worship reign, nor will famine or drought bring harm to the multitude of the LORD's people. The picture Ezekiel gives pushes us beyond the return from exile in 539 BC to our Lord Jesus Christ and the new heavens and new earth He will bring on the Last Day.

    Judgment against Mount Seir

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 55:08

    Rev. AJ Espinosa, pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Irvine, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 35:1-15. The LORD tells Ezekiel to set his face against Mount Seir, that is, the people of Edom. They have nurtured their enmity toward the people of Israel since the days of Esau and Jacob. Now that Babylon has laid waste to Jerusalem, the people of Edom have only kicked Israel while they were down. Edom assumed that the LORD had left the land and began to take possession of it. In response, the LORD assures them that He is, in fact, still there, and that their crimes against Israel are really crimes against Him. He will bring desolation upon the land and people of Edom as they had done to the people of Israel. Through the proclamation of judgment upon Edom, the people of God hear the Gospel that the LORD defeats their enemies and rescues them from every danger, finally through Jesus. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The LORD Shepherds His Sheep

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 54:58

    Rev. Jacob Dandy, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Terra Bella, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 34:1-31. As Ezekiel's ministry begins to transition to words of comfort and restoration for the people of God in exile, he takes up the familiar image of the shepherd. Various leaders of Israel were to function similarly to shepherds, but the LORD proclaims that these leaders have been faithless. Instead of caring for the people, they have been neglecting and abusing them. The LORD promises judgment against these faithless shepherds, and He promises to be the true shepherd Himself. This is brought to fulfillment in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Good Shepherd by laying down His life for the sheep to give us life. As His sheep, we wait for that promised Day when our every enemy from within and without is no danger to us at all, and our Good Shepherd brings us to the eternal peace and rest of His new creation. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Turning Point

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 55:53


    Rev. Jeremiah Johnson, pastor at Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 33:1-33. The LORD reminds Ezekiel of the call to be a faithful watchman, crying out the warning even to those who do not listen. The LORD does not desire such stubbornness, however. To His people who ask how they will live, He asks why they would die. The LORD desires that the wicked turn from evil to the righteousness that comes through faith. This happens, not due to the skill of the preacher, but due to the work of God through His Word. Ezekiel's ministry comes to a major turning point when he receives word that the city of Jerusalem has been destroyed. Though this seems like a surprising moment for God's kingdom to come, it is at this point that the LORD opens Ezekiel's mouth for continued proclamation of repentance and faith. This turning point in history is a precursor to the way God brings His Kingdom in the cross of Jesus Christ so that the Church still proclaims Christ crucified for repentance and faith. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.


    The Lament over Pharaoh is the Church's Song of Victory

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 56:10

    Rev. Jason Schockman, associate pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc, WI, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 32:1-32. The lament that the LORD gives Ezekiel to sing over Pharaoh is full of satire and mockery toward this king who tried to exalt himself. The description of Pharaoh as a dragon calls to mind the old evil foe who makes war against the people of God. The fact that the LORD promises such a complete victory over this dragon brings comfort not only to the people of God in Ezekiel's day, but to the people of God every day. Because of the fullness of the victory that Jesus has won over our enemies by His death and resurrection, we sing the song of resurrection even now as we wait for the fullness of the promise on the Last Day. The picture of Pharaoh's descent into Sheol is a vivid reminder that all nations, no matter how mighty now, will one day perish. Only those who belong to the kingdom of God in Christ are rescued from eternal death. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Pharaoh Will Fall Like Assyria

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 55:36

    Rev. Ryan Ogrodowicz, associate pastor and headmaster at Grace Lutheran Church and School in Brenham, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 31:1-18. The LORD speaks against Pharaoh particularly. If he would compare himself to Assyria in greatness, the LORD invites Pharaoh to consider that nation's outcome. On the one hand, Assyria grew up as a well-nourished tree, providing a home for all kinds of people. This was the LORD's doing. Yet Assyria received these gifts with pride instead of humility, and so the LORD gave Assyria into the hands of Babylon. The once-proud tree was stripped of its branches, leaving those from many nations without a refuge. The LORD sent Assyria down into death and the grave, leaving their boastful claims without any backing at all. The example of Assyria served as a warning to Pharaoh, who could expect his pride to lead him in the same direction. This text calls all of us to repent of our pride and to find our refuge only in the tree of life that Jesus has made for us in His cross. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Day of the LORD Against Egypt

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 56:10

    Rev. Sam Beltz, pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Oskaloosa, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 30:1-26. The LORD calls upon Ezekiel to take up a lament for the people of Egypt. The destruction that awaits Egypt and all her allies on the day of the LORD will be absolutely awful. The LORD is the One to bring His condemnation upon Egypt for its gross idolatry; He will use the ruthless king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, to do His work. In this way, He will show that He is the LORD, just as He had done before in Egypt through the Ten Plagues. The LORD speaks particularly concerning the judgment He will bring upon Pharaoh Hophra. By strengthening the arms of Nebuchadnezzar to defeat Egypt, the LORD will break the arms of Hophra and leave him and his kingdom completely powerless and utterly wiped out. The destruction that the LORD proclaims against Egypt in this text should compel Christians to pray for those outside of Christ and to be more urgent in proclaiming the good news of salvation to those who do not believe. Only in Christ is there deliverance on the day of the LORD. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Crocodile Doesn't Own the Nile

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 56:05

    Rev. Stephen Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 29:1-21. The seventh and longest of Ezekiel's oracles against the Gentiles is directed against Egypt. Pharaoh proudly considered himself the dragon who owned the Nile, but the LORD proves him to be little more than a helpless crocodile easily dragged out of the river by fishermen. Egypt also receives condemnation for their worthless help of Israel; Egypt regularly proved to be useless as an idol. Even though one day Egypt will be restored, they will never be a mighty empire again; Nebuchadnezzar's destruction of Egypt brought about this downfall. Yet the LORD makes His promise cause a horn to spring up for the house of Israel, pointing forward to the word and work of the Savior. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Prince's Pride Goes Before His Fall

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 55:54

    Rev. Carl Roth, pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Elgin, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 28:1-26. Ezekiel's words against Tyre conclude by singling out the prince of Tyre. The LORD had blessed him with plenteous wisdom and wealth, but rather than receiving these gifts in thanksgiving to the true God, the prince of Tyre proudly considered himself a god. His destruction will humble his self-exaltation. As the LORD describes the downfall of the prince of Tyre, elements seem to be parallel with the fall of Satan. Ezekiel briefly turns to speak the LORD's Word against Sidon, the sister city of Tyre, before the LORD's promise to His people Israel breaks in. By executing His judgments upon the enemies of His people, the LORD will bring safety to His own people. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Unsinkable Ship Will Sink

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 54:09

    Rev. David Boisclair, pastor at Bethesda and Faith Lutheran Churches in north St. Louis County, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 27:1-36. Ezekiel takes up a lament for the city of Tyre that begins by extolling its great wealth and economic prowess. Tyre is compared to the most wonderful of ships, both in construction and manpower. The list of Tyre's trading activity is extensive, yet begins to reveal Tyre's sins of pride and greed that led to sins against their neighbors as well. The LORD proclaims clearly that, although this city seemed invincible, it will fall for its idolatrous pride. The LORD calls us to repent of our own pride and idolatry and put our hope only in Christ, who is the only Savior. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Tyre Will Be Toppled

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 54:26

    Rev. Zelwyn Heide, pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hannover, ND and Zion Lutheran Church in New Salem, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 26:1-21. Ezekiel's oracle against Tyre is lengthy, perhaps a reminder that they have ruined their once-friendly relationship with the people of God. Tyre sought to take economic advantage of Jerusalem's overthrow, and so the LORD brings Nebuchadnezzar against the city. Nebuchadnezzar puts the city and its colonies under his control, as the LORD had spoken. The LORD's judgment against His enemies is good news for the people of God, for it means that He is acting as their Savior from those who mean them only harm. Jesus fulfills this task by His death and resurrection. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Mocking God Is Bad

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 55:33

    Rev. Shawn Linnell, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair, NE, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 25:1-17. Ezekiel begins a series of seven oracles against Gentile nations. Though these texts might at times be difficult for modern readers, they are a helpful reminder of God's reign over every nation and His desire to call all people to repentance and faith in Jesus. Ammon is called to account for its mockery of the fall of Jerusalem. Moab is condemned for failing to recognize the LORD's promise to the people of Judah. Edom receives judgment for its vengeance against Judah. Philistia destroyed Judah with delight as an agent of the old evil foe, and so the LORD Himself brings the judgment against them without using any agent. In all of this, the LORD makes known who He is to the nations. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Boiled and Burned

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 54:04

    Rev. Sean Daenzer, director of worship for the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod and chaplain for the International Center, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 24:1-27. The LORD tells Ezekiel to write down the name of the day that Nebuchadnezzar began his siege of Jerusalem as a day that the people would later observe by fasting. The prophet spoke the LORD's parable concerning a pot filled with choice pieces of meat that boils until the water is all gone and everything is burned up. Though the people in Jerusalem think they are safe there as the prized possession of God, the LORD has seen their corruption and will cleanse them by burning everything completely. He will not spare this judgment. When Ezekiel's wife dies, the LORD tells the prophet not to mourn as an opportunity to preach to the people their own reaction to Jerusalem's fall. That day is coming, the LORD promises, and when Ezekiel receives that news, his mouth will be opened and he will begin to proclaim the LORD's promise of restoration. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Two Adulterous Sisters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 54:29

    Rev. Chris Hull, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 23:1-49. Ezekiel tells the adulterous history of Samaria and Jerusalem, the capitals of Israel and Judah. He gives them the names Oholah and Oholibah in reference to the way they mistreated the true worship of the LORD in the temple. Samaria fell into idolatry of the Assyrians and received the LORD's judgment in her destruction at their hand. Rather than learning from the example of her older sister, Judah only built upon Israel's idolatry, engaging in the most wicked and disgusting forms of idolatry. The LORD tells them through His prophet that their shame will be exposed as they receive judgment from His hand. Although this chapter is primarily judgment, the preaching of Ezekiel here serves his larger purpose of calling the people of God to repentance and placing their trust in the One who drank the cup of God's wrath in their place, Jesus Christ. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Faithful Watchman: The Bloody City

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 54:12

    Rev. Mark Stirdivant, pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Yucaipa, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 22:1-31. The LORD calls His own city Jerusalem “the bloody city,” which surely shocked the people of God. The LORD shows His judgment to be true as He identifies a long list of ways His people have broken His commandments, abusing their neighbors and abusing their God. All of these sins find their center in the way the list concludes: Israel has forgotten the LORD. The LORD will therefore treat Israel as metal within a forge; when He sets fire to the city of Jerusalem, He will find no precious metal, but only dross. The leaders of the people, prophets, priests, and princes alike, have led the people in corruption. Though the LORD looked for a righteous man in their midst, none could be found; therefore, He poured His indignation out upon them. This points us forward to the day when the LORD sent the righteous Man, Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, to stand in the breach and take His wrath to win our salvation. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    A Signpost for the Sword

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 54:01

    Rev. Matthew Tassey, pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Shawnee, OK, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 21:18-32. Nebuchadnezzar will be coming toward Canaan soon, and he will have to decide whether to attack Judah or Ammon first. The LORD tells Ezekiel to make a signpost marking the ways to the two capital cities. The LORD will use even the pagan means of divination in order to direct Nebuchadnezzar to bring the sword of the LORD against Jerusalem first. Although the people of Judah think it is impossible, the LORD will judge His rebellious city. Zedekiah has proved himself to be anything but righteous, and so he will be made low; Nebuchadnezzar will see to that. Although Ammon escapes the sword of the LORD for a time, the LORD will bring judgment upon them as well before sheathing His sword. This text calls us to repentance and points us to Christ as the One to whom judgment belongs and the One who took God's judgment upon Himself in our place. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The LORD Unsheathes His Sword

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 51:46


    Rev. David Fleming, associate pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, MI and Executive Director of Spiritual Care with DOXOLOGY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 20:45-21:17. Learn more about DOXOLOGY at doxology.us. The LORD continues to speak words of judgment to His people through His prophet. Though these words may be hard to hear and read, they are an act of the LORD's love to call His people back to Himself in repentance and faith. The LORD speaks of a fire that will burn indiscriminately as a way of picturing the way He will wield His sword against His people. Although the righteous do remain the LORD's eternally, they will suffer in the destruction of Jerusalem alongside the wicked. From this riddle of the sword, the LORD gives Ezekiel the song of His sword. Though the poetry is difficult, the picture is plain that the LORD of hosts will use His sword to punish His people for their rebellion against Him. Though the LORD's sword brings judgment at this moment in history, the day does come when the LORD sheathes His sword by satisfying His wrath upon Jesus on the cross when He cries out, “It is finished!” “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.


    Restoration for the Sake of God's Name

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 50:43

    Rev. Sam Wirgau, pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ossian, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 20:27-44. Ezekiel concludes his walk through Israel's history by recounting their idolatrous time in the land before turning to address the elders in front of him. “What about you?” he asks. “Which way will you follow?” If they follow after the defilement of their fathers, they have no reason to expect that they can inquire of the LORD. Yet the LORD will be faithful to His promise. With the same might He displayed in Egypt, He will rescue His people from their idolatry in an act of judgment and salvation. He will be their true King and Shepherd, purging the idolatrous rebels and leading His people to His holy mountain. There they will worship Him truly. The LORD acts in this way not due to anything in the people; they will loathe their evils when they see what they have done. But the LORD will not act toward them according to their evil; He will act for His name's sake and save them completely by His grace. That same grace has come to us still today in the death and resurrection of Jesus, whom we worship in spirit and truth in the Church. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Abominations of the Fathers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 51:47

    Rev. Peter Ill, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, IL, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 20:1-26. Five years before the destruction of the temple, some of the elders of Israel come to Ezekiel to inquire of the LORD. In response, the LORD instructs Ezekiel to recite the history of the abominations of their fathers. Each cycle includes the LORD's promise, the people's rebellion, the LORD's decision to pour out His wrath, and the LORD's restraining of His anger for the sake of His name. The LORD traces the history of the people from their slavery in Egypt to their time at Mount Sinai into the wilderness wandering. At each time, the LORD called His people away from their worthless idols and promised to be their God. Each time, the people clung to their worthless idols all the more. It was only the LORD's faithfulness to His character and His promises that kept Him from making a complete end of His people. Even as He brought varying degrees of judgment upon His people, He did so that they would know that He is the LORD and turn to Him in repentance and faith. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    A Lamentation for Lions and Vines

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 51:32

    Rev. Brian Flamme, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roswell, NM, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 19:1-14. The LORD gives Ezekiel a lament for the princes of Israel; these wicked men do not deserve the title of king. The lament uses the images of a lion and a vine, both drawn from Jacob's blessing to Judah in Genesis 49. The two lion cubs picture Jehoahaz and Jehoiachin, two wicked kings of Judah; the vine pictures the final kings of Judah more generally. Through their idolatrous rejection of the LORD's Word, they proved the sharpest of contrasts with what the LORD desired for His kings. Because of their wickedness, the LORD's judgment would fall upon them and the people of Judah. Yet the use of the imagery from Genesis 49 is a reminder that the LORD will not nullify His promise to send the Messiah. The true lion from the tribe of Judah and the living vine, Jesus Christ, has come as the promised Savior who rules His people in an everlasting kingdom of grace. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    God's Justice Is Not Sour Grapes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 56:23

    Rev. Joel Heckmann, pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Okarche, OK, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 18:1-32. The LORD upholds His justice and righteousness in the face of His people's false accusations against Him. He does not punish the wrong generation; the one who sins is the one who dies. From one generation to the next, the LORD causes His Word to be proclaimed to fathers, sons, and grandsons. Those who hear it in Holy Spirit-given faith are accounted righteous in His sight; those who reject it of their own wicked choice are condemned as wicked in His sight. This is also true throughout an individual's life. The wicked man should not despair that there is no hope; instead, he should hear the Word of God, repent, believe, and live. The righteous man should not become complacent and fall from righteousness; he too should hear the Word of God, repent, believe, and live. This life is what the LORD desires for all people; this life is what He freely gives through Jesus. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Riddle of Two Eagles and a Vine

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 54:41

    Rev. Nate Hill, pastor at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Winchester, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 17:1-24. The LORD gives Ezekiel an allegory that recites the recent history of the kings of Judah. The first great eagle breaks off the top of a cedar and plants a seed in its place. This is a picture of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon carrying King Jehoiachin of Judah into exile and replacing him with Zedekiah. The seed grows into a low spreading vine that eventually turns toward a second great eagle. This is a picture of Zedekiah's foolish attempt to ally with Egypt for help against Babylon. As the LORD explains the allegory through Ezekiel, He makes it plain that Zedekiah's rebellion against Babylon was actually rebellion against Him, and the LORD promises judgment for Zedekiah. However, the LORD is not done with His people. He promises that He Himself will fulfill His promise of bringing the Christ into the world. He will be the source of life for people from every nation. Jesus is the fulfillment of this promise by His death and resurrection. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The LORD Condemns and Atones for Adulterous Idolatry

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 54:09

    Rev. Tim Koch, pastor at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank, SD, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 16:35-63. The LORD has exposed His people as an unfaithful bride; now He speaks judgment upon His people for their adulterous idolatry. He will show Judah and Jerusalem how worthless their idols really are. Not only will the LORD expose His people's “lovers” as enemies, but He will show them what it means to make Him as an enemy as He satisfies His wrath against them. Though Jerusalem thought herself better than Samaria to the north and Sodom to the south, in reality, the sins of Judah have made these two notoriously sinful places look righteous. Their comparisons to each other serve no purpose; they all stand condemned before the LORD. Yet out of His grace, He turns to them in mercy. The LORD shows Himself to be faithful to the covenant that His people broke; He promises to restore them and to atone for all they have done. He fulfills this promise by satisfying His wrath against sin in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    A Faithful Bridegroom and His Faithless Bride

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 56:00

    Rev. Clint Poppe, pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 16:1-34. Ezekiel begins an extended sermon that centers around the image of marriage to describe the history of the LORD's interactions with His people Israel. Israel had no reason for anyone to desire it; in fact, every nation abandoned Israel as worthless. Yet the LORD in His grace saw Israel and made her His own. He nurtured her and committed Himself to her as her husband. He lavished every gift upon her, particularly in His saving presence in the tabernacle. Yet Israel took the LORD's gifts and used them in utter wickedness. With shocking language, Ezekiel describes the whoredom of the people of Israel with false gods and foreign nations. Their sin and idolatry was absolutely disgusting, yet Israel was never satisfied. Such vivid language shocks us to our senses to see how revolting sin truly is, so that we would turn in repentance to Jesus, who remains our gracious and faithful Bridegroom. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    What Good is a Grape Vine?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 51:37

    Rev. Sean Kilgo, pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lawrence, KS, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 15:1-8. Ezekiel's sermon in this chapter is based on the familiar image of Israel as the LORD's vineyard. He had done absolutely everything for His people by His grace, yet they had not produced the fruit of repentance that He had desired. What good is such a grape vine? The wood cannot be used to build anything; it can only be burned. That was the judgment that awaited the people of Jerusalem. The LORD would send the Babylonians to destroy the city as a judgment against their faithlessness and as a call to repentance for the people already in exile. Jesus brings this same image to mind in John 15 when He calls Himself the true vine. Where Israel had failed, Jesus did not. By His death and resurrection, He is the true source of life. All who are connected to Him by God's grace bear the fruit of good works that He has prepared for them to do. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Idolatry Will Not Go Unpunished

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 55:17

    Rev. Stephen Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 14:1-23. When certain elders of Israel appear before Ezekiel to ask him a question, the LORD reveals to His prophet the true intentions of their hearts. These men are idolaters at heart; therefore, they deserve and should not expect any answer from the LORD. Yet the LORD does speak to them through His prophet; He gives them a word that speaks judgment against their idolatry and calls them to repentance. He will have His people know that He is the LORD; He will even use deceptive prophets to His end to bring His people back to Himself. His people must know that Jerusalem will be destroyed; even the presence of three of the greatest Old Testament saints will not save the city. The LORD will prove Himself just in His actions toward Jerusalem. This serves as another call to the people to know the LORD and to return to Him in true repentance and faith before it is too late. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Whitewashed Wall Won't Protect You

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 53:40

    Rev. David Appold, pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Paducah, KY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 13:1-23. False prophets plague the people of God even in exile in Babylon. These false prophets are not preaching in the name of an idol. Instead, they are preaching in the name of the LORD, but they are preaching their own lying ideas rather than the truth of His Word. Their lies give the people a false sense of comfort and security. The false prophets say that there will be peace for the people of Judah apart from any repentance. They are simply whitewashing a flimsy wall that the LORD will destroy. Some women are even selling bracelets that they claim offer protection against the LORD's wrath. Not only do they make sinners secure in their sins, but they also add unnecessary weights to the righteous. The LORD will not long tolerate such blasphemous use of His name. He promises destruction for such false prophets. To know that the LORD will see to the truth of His Word being proclaimed brings comfort to the people of God. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    Ezekiel Packs His Suitcase

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 56:07

    Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz, assistant professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 12:1-28. Ezekiel is given two more action prophecies. First, he packs his bags and digs through a wall in order to portray the coming exile of the people of Jerusalem. This will affect even King Zedekiah, whom Ezekiel refuses to acknowledge as the legitimate successor to David's throne. Second, Ezekiel eats his bread and drinks his water with fear and anxiety, another reminder of the certainty of the disaster the LORD is bringing upon His people. The LORD wants His people to know that this disaster will happen so that they will know that He is the LORD, the One who performs His Word. Though the people even in exile harbor their doubts about Ezekiel's preaching, the LORD proclaims that He will speak His Word and He will do what He has said without delay. This truth concerning the LORD's Word calls us to repentance and faith right now, for today is the day of salvation. The LORD will do what He says, not only in judgment ,but also in the salvation He has accomplished in Jesus. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Glory of the LORD Goes East

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 52:54

    Rev. Dr. Adam Filipek, pastor at Holy Cross and Immanuel Lutheran Churches in Lidgerwood, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 11:1-25. Ezekiel's vision of events in Jerusalem concludes. He hears the wicked leaders in Jerusalem claim that they are safe in Jerusalem as the cream of God's crop. The LORD turns their slogan upside down and promises that they will fall by the sword that they have feared. When Ezekiel sees one of these leaders die in the midst of his vision, he cries out with an intercessory heart, asking about the remnant. The LORD responds with one of the clearest proclamations of the Gospel thus far in Ezekiel. He promises that He will be the sanctuary for His people even in exile. He will give them a new spirit and an undivided, living heart so that they will be His people and He will be their God. The hope of this promise remains even as Ezekiel sees the glory of the LORD leave the Temple entirely and come to rest on the Mount of Olives. Jesus' journey into Jerusalem for His death and resurrection from this very location testifies to the fact that Jesus is the temple where God's glory dwells for us. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Glory of the LORD on the Move

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 54:12

    Rev. Gaven Mize, pastor at Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 10:1-22. Ezekiel again sees the four living creatures and now recognizes that they are cherubim. They are bearing the throne of the LORD as Ezekiel sees the glory of the LORD move farther away from the Holy of Holies. The LORD's self-imposed exile from His temple, combined with His instruction to the man clothed in linen to scatter burning coals over Jerusalem, is a sign of judgment against the blatant idolatry practiced by His people. At the same time, the movement of the glory of the LORD from a building in Jerusalem points forward to the glory of the LORD revealed in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. As He comes to be present among His people in Word and Sacrament still today, we see His glory and share in the beautiful vision of Ezekiel. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

    The Mark of the Tau

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 55:28

    Rev. Caleb Adams, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bend, OR, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 9:1-11. Ezekiel's vision of events in Jerusalem continues. He sees the beginning of the LORD's departure from His own house. Though the LORD will not hear the cries of His people, He still cries out to Ezekiel concerning the executioners who are coming into Jerusalem. These six figures are likely angels. They come from the north, the normal direction of the enemies of God's people, in order to bring destruction upon the city. The seventh figure is different; this one is clothed in linen and carries a writing case. Though he too is likely an angel, he is given a task that points us clearly to Christ. The LORD instructs the man clothed in linen to mark the faithful people of God with the Hebrew letter “tau,” which would have looked very similar to a cross. Those who bear this mark are spared the destruction from the six executioners, who go into the city with no pity. When Ezekiel wonders if the LORD will spare a remnant, the LORD speaks words of judgment, yet the return of the man in linen upon successful completion of his assignment is a reminder of the LORD's mercy. This text calls us to cling to the LORD's mercy alone for our salvation, for He is the One who has marked us as His own in His crucified and risen Son, Jesus. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

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