This podcast will focus on daily readings from the Bible. We will read the text and then give background information from the text and application.
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In the genealogy of Jesus, we learn many things about God's plan of redemption. In the ancient world, one's family tree was like a resume. It opened doors and closed doors. What can we learn about the family tree of Jesus?
The writer of Hebrews has presented a beautiful argument of the supremacy of Christ - He Is Better! And since we are under the covenant of the cross, we can enter boldly into the presence of God, knowing that we are loved and that He is faithful to His promises!
Being transformed by the way we think means we see each other differently and we see ourselves differently. That is Paul's warning in the first 12 chapters of Romans 8 - you are a part of the body of Christ, you have a gift to serve with, and no one is better than anyone else!
The Psalmist relates God's great acts of redemption in the past. God has been faithful through many trials and tribulations. Even though we struggle through tears and pain in this life, God will bring us to a place of abundance.
We can be tricked into thinking that idol worship isn't a temptation for us like it was for the Israelites. While our idol worship doesn't require graven images or statues, what really matters is what do I value most in my life? Because what we value most can easily become our idol.
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul uses the motif of the Christian life being like an athlete training. In 1 Cor 10:1-13, he switches his analogy to the Christian walk being like the wilderness wanderings of the Israelites.
David cries out to God to help him as people use words to attack him. People have spread gossip and tried to take down the king with their speech. David teaches us the proper response when people slander us. More importantly, he shows us God's response to words that come at us like arrows.
What is the purpose of life? Why are we here? These are questions that we've all wrestled with at some point or another. Paul understood the purpose of life - he knew the mission he was called to. And there was nothing that could stop him.
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul answers, "what type of body will we have in the resurrection?" Will our bodies be ghostly and immaterial, or will they be some type of physical body? What does the word "body" tell us in response to these questions? What does Paul mean by "spiritual body" in 1 Corinthians 15:44?
We all have faith in something - friends, family, jobs - but when it comes to faith in God, it's HIS character that should give us hope and encouragement. When all else fails, God's character makes it impossible for Him to fail.
Hebrews reminds us that the animal sacrifices of Israel could not completely take away sin and were a constant reminder of our sinful condition. The sacrifice of Jesus was once and for all. In Jesus, we are completely saved, and God remembers our sins no more.
Do you ever fall into the trap of thinking you haven't done enough to be good enough for God? That's exactly what it is: a trap. And the writer of Hebrews wants his audience - and us - to know that Christ's sacrifice was the better sacrifice, the one that was once and for all, so that we don't have to live in the trap of constantly needing sacrifices to be "good enough" for God.
*In the recording, David accidentally said Acts 8. But the reading is Hebrews 8." God is not a far off God, a distant God, or a hands-off God. We get a clearer picture of who God is, God comes closer, when we take a closer look at Jesus.
When Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper, he ushered in something that many had been waiting on and longed to see. He lets the world know that in his blood, the new covenant was finally being established. We, as Christians, are saved utterly and completely by the blood of Jesus. In the new covenant, God renews our hearts. In the taking of the Lord's Supper, the Christian is undergoing a covenant renewal each Sunday.
The writer of Hebrews demonstrates how Jesus can be a high priest even though he is not from the tribe of Levi. He is a priest of even more significant order. He is a priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was a mysterious figure from the OT whom Abraham paid tithes to, making him greater than Abraham.