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The Little Lessons Podcast
Episode 21-I Don't Understand

The Little Lessons Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2023 18:28


Sometimes Heavenly Father needs us to go through things that we don't want to in order to teach us important lessons. But what happens when we really don't want to go through that thing, we don't understand why we need that experience and we don't understand the lesson? I found some good insight and instruction in the book of Daniel and the stories of Daniel and Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. Be Not Afraid, Only Believehttps://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2015/10/be-not-afraid-only-believe?lang=engDaniel 2https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/ot/dan/2?lang=engDaniel 3https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/ot/dan/3?lang=eng

Black Men Vent Too
BMVT : Venting With Meshach Adams ✌

Black Men Vent Too

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2023 49:57


Good Morning Nashville! ☀️ THURSDAY morning Nashville we hope you guys are getting through the back half of this week with good mind and body as we present to you a new show on today. LETS GET INTO IT! We got a great episode for you guys on today . BMVT prides ourselves in having a variety of different caliber brothas on the show . You may hear a pastor venting one week, and an ex-gang member venting the next week. That's the type of platform we have … open to any black man that is willing to come tell their story on our show . Today we have Meschach Adams that has joined us at the vent table. Mr. Adams is born and raised in Nashville, went to Hume Fogg Magnet High School, and during that time was where he found his passion of today. How many of you guys have noticed the lack of sidewalks & crosswalks that we don't have in our city ? Research shows that 2022 was the DEADLIEST YEAR for pedestrians and bicyclists in Nashville's history. Walk Bike Nashville is where Meschach serves as an outreach assistant, aiming to provide sidewalks, crosswalks, and other avenues of pedestrian resources for our communities. Walk Bike Nashville is currently working on a pedestrian safety project on Dickerson Pike, and if you would like to be a part of that, come out and support Walk Bike Nashville THIS SATURDAY @12:00 noon as they join together with community members and pay respects to those victims and families who were lost last year . Address : 3056 Dickerson Pike , come support! “Nashville … Have You Heard A Black Man Vent Today?”™️ Like, Share, & comment on today's episode . It's an interesting “venting” topic to vent about sidewalks . But we assure you that todays episode may not help you directly, but it may help someone around you that needs it most . We thank you all for your support of the Black Men Vent Too Podcast ✌

Eastview Students: High School
Fearless in Babylon - Trust (Zach Thompson)

Eastview Students: High School

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 28:03


This week, Zach preaches from Daniel 3 about the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's deliverance from the fiery furnace. Be encouraged this week, knowing that God is WITH you in the midst of the hard things you go through in life. No matter what we go through, we are never alone (1/22/23).

Bridge Point Fellowship
Bridge Point Fellowship | January 22, 2023

Bridge Point Fellowship

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2023 73:06


This sermon covers Daniel Chapter 3 and the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. We must learn to be faithful through discomfort and to look for God's presence even in the midst of the fire.

Northwest Gospel Church - Camas/Washougal

Daniel 3 | Ben Potloff | In Daniel 3, we come to the first of a few popular–but often misinterpreted–stories in the book of Daniel. On the heels of Daniel's interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream, the king builds a statue and demands that everyone bow to it. However, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow and are condemned to burn alive in a furnace. But something miraculous happens; Daniel's companions don't burn! Instead, they are joined by a fourth individual, one whom the king of Babylon cannot account for. This story reveals the reality of God's people's responsibility and ability in exile to reject false gods and worship the only real God.

Blue Oaks Church Weekend Services

When we look at the lives of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Book of Daniel, we discover God leads them to places of danger, pain, and destruction, places in which courage is the driving force. How many heroes of the Christian faith had easy lives? Maybe we need to stop praying for deliverance from the furnace and, instead, ask for God to be present as we, with courageous steps, walk into the fire. Next Steps I will honor God The post Courageous Faith appeared first on Blue Oaks Church - Pleasanton, CA.

Your Faith At Work
Critical Thinking and Taking a Stand | Interview with Bruna Melo

Your Faith At Work

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 29:59


Episode #191This episode features an interview with Ryan's wife, who is one of the shows Producers and Creative Directors, Bruna Melo Howard. They talk about Biblical examples of standing with boldness, freedom, critical thinking and healthy living. This episode will encourage your faith and will equip you to stand. - Get you FREE eBook, Healthy Living Simplified, by Bruna Melo - Connect with Bruna: BrunaMelo.com- Check out Bruna's bio: US Senator Chuck Grassley Women's Advisory Council- Resource referenced (book): Letter to the American Church, by Eric MetaxasIn this episode:Freedom and autonomyrelevance of the Bible to todaySimilarities between the culture of today and the times of the BibleToday's parallel to the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who wouldn't bow to the golden imageHow we need to have the courage of Daniel to not follow tyrannical government decrees How Covid policies were a dress-rehearsal and How God can use the weakness exposed by the Church's failed response to Covid mandatesThe biblical founding of America and the God-given freedoms we enjoy todayWe the People need to standThe dangers of “customized” mRNA medications3 California churches who sued the state for unconstitutional mandates (and won at the Supreme Court)The Mark of the Beast and how it will sneak into people's livesThe importance of living undistracted and not conformed to this worldParallels of Nazi Germany to today in AmericaJoseph and his leadership of Egypt and the known worldHow we have a right to decide what we put in our bodiesHow our health is our greatest asset and our body is the temple of the Holy SpiritIssues with what is allowed in our food supplyHow a change in nutrition was able to eliminate ADHD symptoms in childrenChanging our taste and cravings for more healthy foodHow Covid showed us that we need to think for ourselvesThe importance of reading ingredients and staying well-informedHow to get started by downloading a free copy of Healthy Living Simplified, by Bruna Melo_________________________Submit a question or topic for the podcast:Visit ryanshoward.com/contact to let Ryan know what you want to hear about on the show, any questions or struggles you have, or what you think needs to be covered.Follow Ryan on Instagram @ryanshowardVisit ryanshoward.com/freedownload to download 21 Days to a Spirit-Led Life and JUMP START your  journey today.

Kerusso Daily Devotional
Your Life in God's Hands

Kerusso Daily Devotional

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 2:32


Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three young men from Judah who found themselves in a heated situation.   They were brought into the court of King Nebuchadnezzar II, and ordered to bow before the king's golden image. The alternative was a one-way ticket to the fiery furnace.   The king's command would have been easy for these guys to follow, but their own King of Kings had already commanded them to place no other gods before Him, and to stay away from the evil of graven images. They may have been wary of the king's wrath, but their faith in God was stronger.   They replied in Daniel 3:16–18, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter...Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”   Rather than violate their commitment to obey God, these men put their lives in His hands. They didn't know whether God would intervene to save them. They knew God could, but they didn't know that He would. Regardless of the outcome, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego chose to live for the Lord, and if necessary, they were willing to die in obedience to the Lord.   Romans 14:8 says, “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”   As an example of His power, God intervened to spare their lives. Even though He allowed them to be tied up and thrown into the furnace, the blazing heat didn't affect them at all. They walked out unharmed.   In the midst of our own challenges, we know God can and does show up for us. He asks us to trust Him with the obstacles we face every day, and even with our very lives.   Let's pray.   Jesus, it's unlikely anyone will threaten to throw us into a fiery furnace, but sometimes it sure feels like our feet are put to the fire. Remind us to trust you...with every dilemma, every shortcoming, and every situation. We give you our challenges, and our lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.

South of Gaza
Got Wisdom?| James 1:1-18 Bible Study| The Can I Be Real? Podcast

South of Gaza

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 34:34


Hello and welcome back! RATE, REVIEW, & SUBSCRIBE! Show notes: ○ James 1:1-18 § James 1:2-4 □ Perseverance = endurance ® Endurance- the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adversity ◊ Read Isaiah 30:20-21 § James 1:5-8 □ If you lack wisdom, ask God for it, who gives it generously ® Read 1 Kings 3:9-12, Psalms 19:7 □ But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt….like a wave of the sea, tossed by the wind ® This reminds me of Matthew 14, when Jesus was walking on the water. When Peter first asked Jesus to call him out onto the water, he believed and was walking on water! But it says in verse 30 "But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and began to sink" □ Double-minded ® The NLT says "their loyalty divided between God and the world; the definition means undecided ◊ We like to live in this "gray area" when it comes to our faith sometimes. We live in the "sorta" mentality, but when it comes to maturing in our faith, there comes along with it a decision to be certain and steadfast ◊ Reference the Book of Daniel, with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego…whether God saved them from the fiery furnace was God's business, but regardless they refused to compromise their faith § James 1:12 □ We can persevere under trial because God is faithful. That "crown of life" is the promised eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:15) § James 1:13-15 □ We are tempted because of what we have going on within ourselves, don't put that on God. □ Reminds me of Adam's response in Genesis 3, after Adam and Eve ate fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil….Adam blamed his actions on God and Eve, negating any responsibility, as if he wasn't the one who also ate the fruit § James 1: 17-18 □ Every Good and Perfect gift comes from God □ God does not change The Jewish believers were the "first fruits" or the first yield of a greater harvest that was yet to be gathered as a result of the gospel spreading throughout the world. Listen and enjoy! Let me know what you think! Subscribe to my YouTube Channel- Can I Be Real? Podcast Follow me on Instagram- @raee.michele Join the South of Gaza Community Facebook Group to receive daily Bible scriptures and encouragement on your Facebook timeline! RATE, REVIEW, & SUBSCRIBE! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rachel398/message

Broadcasts – Christian Working Woman
Making Good Choices – 4

Broadcasts – Christian Working Woman

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 3:00


Have you noticed that the Bible doesn't spare telling us the whole story? We can learn from some of the people in the Bible who made some dreadful choices. David comes to mind, this man after God's own heart. But his choice to call for Bathsheba, commit adultery, have her husband killed—all of those sordid details are in the Bible. I wonder how often David thought about the consequences of that terribly bad choice he made. He paid a very heavy price personally for that choice, and yet God still loved him and used him. On the other hand, think of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—those three young Jewish men taken captive to Babylon. They were commanded to worship the pagan statue that King Nebuchadnezzar made or be thrown in the fiery furnace. They had a choice to make. I love how they responded to the King: “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty's hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:16b-18). Just as these men chose to take that strong stand for their God, it's possible that you will have to face some similar choices. You may be facing some fiery furnaces even now: instructions from your company that are not compatible with your faith; disrespect from family members or friends who condemn you for not going along with the culture; rejection from people who think you are weird because you stand strong for your biblical convictions. Will you choose, as these three men did, that you will not serve other gods? You will not give in to the pressure to abandon your beliefs, knowing as they did that you may indeed have to live with the consequences of your choice? Are you determined by God's grace to take the “even if he does not” stand for Jesus?

The Valley Church Troy Podcast
Resolve | The Power of Friends | Mark Coulter

The Valley Church Troy Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 50:00


It's so easy just to live as the world around us but that doesn't lead to a life of great peace – or one that is deeply fulfilling, wildly exciting, and full of meaning. To live that life we have to live with resolve, with a God-focus -- aligned with how He designed us. But how do we make it more than a few weeks? Pastor Mark continues this new series called Resolve. This time we focus on Daniel's friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. It's not just food this time. These three Jews are being commanded to worship the golden statue of the King of Babylon. There's no doubt about the consequences this time: whoever does not bow will be burned alive. How do these young men stay firm even to the point of death? Check it out! Join us for service every Sunday at 9:15am or 11:00am (EST). If you received Christ through this message, text NEW to 937-358-6565. We would love to hear how Jesus is changing your life! Tell us your story by emailing mystory@thevalley.church! If you need prayer, text PRAYER to 937-358-6565. If you would like to support The Valley Church financially, you can give online through our website: www.thevalley.church.

Eastview Students: High School
Fearless in Babylon - Resolve (Zach Thompson)

Eastview Students: High School

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 29:00


In our first HS service of 2023, Zach preaches out of Daniel 1 about Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and how they found resolve in the midst of living in Babylon. As Christians, what does it look like to follow Jesus in the midst of a world that oftentimes opposes Him? (1/8/23)

Seasonal Preaching
But If Not

Seasonal Preaching

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 32:09


Do we have the faith displayed by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego? (cf. Daniel 3)

Mosaic Boston
Give Him the Glory

Mosaic Boston

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2023 43:01


Audio Transcript: This media has been made available by Mosaic BostonChurch. If you'd like to check out more resources, learn about Mosaic Boston inour neighborhood churches or donate to this ministry, please visitmosaicboston.com. Happy New Year. It's great to see everyone all together at one service and especially to have the families, kids and parents together. This is fun. This is exciting. I love this. This is great. So happy New Year everyone. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Tyler. I am, as pastor Randy mentioned, the youth, the teens, and the hospitality director here at Mosaic. And it is my honor and privilege to be able to be up here preaching God's word to all of us today. And over the Christmas holiday break, I had the opportunity to go down to visit my family in Virginia and attend church with them on Christmas. And that was fun. It was exciting. It was great to be able to fellowship and worship with another gospel preaching and faithful church. And it's just fun. It's fun to be able to worship God together in unity. And so today, because we have kids in the service with us, I'm going to do something a little bit different that I'm taking from that church. What we're going to do is, I'm going to start by reading our text. And while I'm reading, we're all going to stand. I'll tell you when, you don't have to do it yet. And then when I'm done reading, I'll say, "This is the word of the Lord." And I want everyone to scream as loud as you possibly can, "Thanks be to God." Amen. Amen. And the idea of this is that we should be thankful for the word of the Lord. It is good, it is glorious. It is something we should appreciate that we have. And so I want everyone, parents included, to shout, "Thanks be to God." After I say this is the word of the Lord. And kids, I want you to be louder than your parents. And parents, I dare you, I bet you can't be louder than your kids. And so we'll see how much praise we bring to the Lord through the noise. So if you will stand with me and we'll read from Philippians chapter 2, verse 1 through 11. It says this, "So if there is any encouragement in Christ and any comfort from love, any participation in the spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility, count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind amongst yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth. And every tongue confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father." This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Thanks be to God. Amen. You may be seated. Thank you. Kids, I hope that was an opportunity for you to get a little energy out because I am not known to preach for a short while. I'll do my best, but hopefully that'll sustain you through the whole sermon. But we are in Philippians chapter 2, verse 1 through 11. As you heard, and we've been going through this text the last two weeks, pastor Andy has been preaching on them and we've been seeing the divinity of Christ, the incarnation and humanity of Christ. And today we're going to be talking about the exaltation of Christ, that Christ is high and lifted up. And even just from that opportunity where everybody was willing, I've watched most of you, some of you were a little quiet, but most of you were willingly shouting out. We all know how to worship. We all know how to let our emotions out and give praise to someone or something. I was thinking about my junior, or sorry, my sophomore year of college was a year that the Red Sox won the World Series. Now for those of you who don't know, I am a New York sports fan. So that was a day of morning for me. But my college roommates were Red Sox fans and they were celebrating, and they were joyous. And they went out into the streets after the last game and everybody there was singing and chanting, "Let's go, Red Sox." People were taking it a little too far climbing street lights and jumping off of them and people catching them. It was a little insane. But I bring that up to say that even in a city like Boston that we talk about a lot as the reserved intellectuals and bookies, we still know how to worship. And what I hope this sermon does is that it allows us to all freely worship God as he deserves to be worshiped because of who he is, because he is exalted and worthy of our praise. And so we are going to focus on the last few verses of this text on verses 9 through 11 in our time together. But before we do that, will you pray with me over the preaching of God's word. Heavenly Father, Lord, you are good and you are glorious. And your son Jesus Christ is seated at your right hand in power and honor and glory and we praise you for this. We thank you that you are sovereign ruler, King over all the world, over all creation. Give us eyes to see your majesty. Give us hearts to humbly praise you and love you and give our lives and submission to you, our King. Speak through your word to all of us today, humble us so that we can praise you, exalt you, lift your name up and know that you promise to exalt us in your righteousness as well. In Jesus' name, amen. All right, we will be spending our time in three points today. First point is that He, Christ Jesus is exalted. Second, so bow and confess. And third, and give him all the glory. So first point, he is exalted. This is from Philippians 2 verse 9 where it says, "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name." First, there are two things that stand out to me in this one verse. First is the phrase, highly exalted, exalted means lifted up, raised up, high above. But it's not just exalted. Jesus is highly exalted. This is one of my favorite things that Paul does. Paul makes up words. It's not really making up words, but this is something common in Greek. He would combine two words to make an emphasis or a new meaning of that word. So he combines the word over and exalted. So the idea is that he is highly exalted. He is overly exalted as high and worthy of honor and praise as Jesus is. He is even above that. He is more exalted, more honorable than anyone or anything ever would or could be. My question when I heard this is, why? Yes, he is exalted, he is worthy of praise, but why so emphatic on his exaltation? And the verse that was brought to mind is from Isaiah, chapter 52, verse 13 through 15. And for those of you who don't know, Isaiah 52 is a prophetic passage about Christ, about the coming of Jesus. And in verse 13 it says this, "Behold my servant shall act wisely. He shall be high and lifted up and shall be exalted. As many were astonished at you, His appearance was so marred beyond human semblance and his form beyond that of the children of mankind, so shall he sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him for that which has not been told, they told them they see. And that which they have not heard they understand." So why is Christ highly exalted? It says because he acted wisely. "He shall act wisely." Okay, what does that mean? And this is the foundation of the gospel. This is why we are talking about Christmas even after Christmas. And why it's so important is that Jesus Christ came and lived a life here on earth in reality, in historical fact, Jesus did that. And he lived a life of perfection, complete total submission and obedience to God the Father's will, that's who Jesus is. And in his life on earth, his wisdom in his action was the faithfulness to God's will. It's not about Christ's intellect, though he is the smartest man to ever live. It's not about His understanding, excuse me, His understanding, His ability to teach or preacher any of that, even though He was the best at all of those things, it was about His complete and total submission to the will of God, even to the point of a gruesome death. It says that He was marred beyond human semblance. This is a prophecy about Christ's death on the cross, His beating beforehand and the crucifixion where He was so brutally injured that He didn't even look human anymore, that he looked more like a monster than a man and that He was willing to follow the will of God, even to that extent. Even to that point, nothing would shake him from the will of God. And so He is highly exalted, so He is worthy of our praise and our honor because of his obedience to the Lord no matter what. And the second thing that stood out to me from verse 9 is it says that, "God has highly exalted Him." Right? We see here in Isaiah that he acted wisely, and that might tempt us to think that Christ's action made himself worthy of praise and that he exalted himself because of the things he did. So if we want to exalt ourselves, we just need to be really good people. But know God is the one, God, the Father is the one who lifted Him up, exalted him and put Him in a place of honor. And this is an important distinction because it reflects a teaching of Jesus in the book of Matthew. It's actually in most of the gospels, but in Matthew chapter 23, Jesus teaches verse 12, whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. And so yes, it is about Christ ultimate submission and fulfillment of the will of God. But in order for Him to do that, He needed to be humble. He needed to be a man of ultimate humility, submitting again to the will of God. And as He humbled himself, made himself lowly, He exemplified this throughout His whole life. But one of the most famous in our minds is when He washed the disciples feet, a place of a servant and of a slave. He was willing to do that humbly. And as He humbled himself, as He recognized, I'm just doing the will of the Lord, God honored Him and exalted Him. Christians, do you know that it's not our job to exalt ourselves? We live in a world that is all about credentials and ideas, and who is the smartest, who's the best, who has made the most impact in this world. Christians, that's not your job. Make a great impact in the world for Christ, for the kingdom of God, but not by earthly standards. The way we do it is by being the most humble we can possibly be, by submitting fully to who God is to Christ and His exalted place at the right hand of God, the Father seated on the throne ruler of all things, king of all things. Scripture tells us, "All of existence is held together by the power of Christ. And it continues to exist because of the power of Christ." And because of that, we need to recognize He is there and I'm not. He is there and I'm here. I am a sinner. I am a man. I am a woman. I am a child of God. I need forgiveness. And when we recognize the position of Christ, that should change the way we view everything in the world. Everything in the world is under his authority. Everything in the world is under his rule and reign under the rain of a good sovereign loving God. How come the world doesn't look like it then? How come we see sin? How come we see pain and hurt and suffering? Well, the book of Hebrews tells us clearly chapter 2, verses 8 and 9. It says this, "At present we do not yet see everything in subjection to Him, but we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death. So that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone." "At present we do not see everything in subjection to Him," because why? Because of the fall, because of sin. And because of Christ's promise coming again, His second coming, the second Christmas you could say where he will make all things in subjection to Him. But in this in between time, what are we to do? It says that we are to first recognize the position of Christ that He is now presently crowned with glory and honor because of the work he did on the cross. But then we should also be thinking about things in the world as not, I like this, I don't like this, I would change this or that. But the way we should view things on earth is either in subjection to Christ or not in subjection to Christ, either in the kingdom of God or not in the kingdom of God. And I know a couple weeks ago, about a month ago, we were in the book of Romans and we talked a lot about how each of us has a call placed on us by God. And there was a lot of talk in community groups about, well, what does that mean for us individually, for us as a group and things like that. And that's great, continue to discuss those things. And I want to point out something here that wherever God has called you to be in your life right now, make it your aim, make it your goal to make that part of your life in subjection fully to Christ. Can you imagine a world where modern medicine was in subjection to the authority of Christ, to the loving, merciful, gracious God who heals and desires for the health and wealth of his people? That would be amazing. Can you imagine a world where the justice system was just and merciful like our just and merciful God? I can go on and on about example and example. But think about wherever you are called, wherever you are working, wherever you're in school, whatever you are doing in your life right now, how can you do it? How can you live it out in a way that is fully, completely in subjection to the kingdom of God, to His rule and reign and authority and say, "Lord Jesus, I'm following you in this realm and not society, not people." Now we do still submit to the authority of the governing authorities. That's in Romans, you could rewatch that sermon that's there too. But our focus should be exalting the name of Christ, wherever we are and making everything we do fully submitted to Him. And in life where we see things that are in submission to him and are bringing praise to his name that should result in greater praise of God. We should rejoice over that. We should praise his name for it. And where we see things that are not in subjection to God's will, His kingdom, our heart should be broken a little and we should be moved with compassion to see those things brought into the kingdom of God, not by force or not by selfish motivations or because of anything in ourselves, but because we know the real reality of Christ as King. And we don't want anyone to be his enemy. We don't want anything to be in opposition to him. And I said anyone, because this mostly applies to people. Every single person you're here today, even if you're not here today, every person is either in submission to Christ or not. Everyone is either recognizing the reality of Christ's rule and reign and submitting our lives to Him or we're not. And if you're here today and you say, "I'm not a Christian, I do not submit fully to Christ as Lord and savior." I urge you to do so because he is a good, powerful, loving king who wants to help you, wants to save you, wants to bring you into His kingdom. And if you're here today and you're not a Christian, maybe you're here today because a friend invited you or someone you know who cares about you, invited you. I want to tell you that person loves you more than you could ever understand because they want you to understand the gospel of the one true King and Lord. And even if you disagree, if they believe this is true and I believe this is true, and they invite you, want you to hear it, how greatly they must love you to invite you to hear the gospel of God.Now Christians, do we share the gospel of God with people? Do we love people enough that we know do not know the gospel, that we are willing to share it with those who do not know because we want them within the kingdom of God? We want their prosperity, their health, their wealth, yes, but not here on earth but an eternity under the sovereign rule of Christ. And when I think about this idea, this concept, I just want to read from the book of Acts, doing a lot of reading today because other people are smarter than me and I was working on my humility. But in the Book of Acts, Peter gives one of the greatest presentations of the gospel on the day of Pentecost. And it's a powerful thing that we should all remember and be reminded of. And I just want to read it for us now. So in Acts chapter 2 says, in verses 22 to 33, I'll read it in sections and we'll break it up. So it's not going to be so long, but, "Men of Israel hear these words, Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty who works and wonders and signs that God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know..." Pause, Peter is writing to people who are eyewitnesses of the life of Christ. He is writing to people who saw him, who knew him. They were not fooled by stories of old. They saw the things that Christ did. And Peter is appealing to them saying, God attested, God said that he is the Messiah, the coming one by the works that he did and by the signs that he has done in your midst. You know it's true. You know it's the reality. You cannot deny that these things happened. One of my favorite things is that historians who are not Christians affirm that these events happened from the modern, sorry, the current day from the first century, they affirm, "Yeah, these things happened." They might not believe that Jesus was real. They not believe that he did them by any power, but they admit that they happened. And Peter is saying, "You cannot deny the reality of the works and life of Christ." Continues in verse 23, "This Jesus delivered up according to the definite plan and for knowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosen the pangs of death because it was not possible for him to be held by it." We'll pause there. So this Jesus, the real historical Jesus who lived for Christ or lived for God the Father, in complete submission to his will, He was delivered up to be crucified because of the total definitive plan of God, but also because of us. Yes, Peter is speaking directly to people who had a physical hand in the crucifixion of Christ, delivering him over to the Pharisees, delivering him over to Pilate. But the reality is the same that each and every one of us is responsible for the death of Christ on the cross. Why? Because that is the penalty our sin deserves. Anything that we do in rebellion to God, sin, rejection of His rule and authority as king of our lives. Scripture tells us the penalty for that sin is death. But Jesus died to pay that penalty for us. And he did not only die, he was also raised. Why? I love this part. Because it was not possible for him to be held by it. This is the power of Christ of our God. That death itself has no power to hold Jesus in the grave. This is the power of our almighty exalted king. Death itself cannot hold Him. And He did this to prove His power, to prove His authority, prove His divinity, and to save us from our sins and prove that He is worthy of it. And this has been the case through all of history. And here Peter appeals to David and in the Old Testament brings in some of the prophecies about Christ. And I'm going to read it so that we can see that this has always been the plan of salvation throughout all of history. In verse 25, for David says, concerning him concerning Christ, "I saw the Lord always before me for He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. Therefore, my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced. My flesh also will dwell in hope for you will not abandon my soul to Hades or let your holy one see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life. You will make me full of gladness with your presence. Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us today. Being therefore a prophet and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that He would set one of his descendants on His throne, He foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption." Even back then. God was making it clear to his people, this is the plan of salvation, that his holy one, the Messiah, Jesus Christ would come, would die, but would not be abandoned to death because death has no power over Him. And He will raise proving His power to save us from our sins. Praise be to God. He has the power to do it. And this is a reality that we can live in if we recognize that Jesus truly is Lord, He truly is king. He is sovereign ruler of all things and we submit our lives to Him. This is why he continues. Peter continues in verse 32 saying, "This, Jesus God raised up..." He raised him from the dead. "And of that we all are witnesses." If you ever wondered what church is, it's a gathering of witnesses in a sense. It's that we are witnesses to the resurrection of Christ, not literally as Peter was saying, that they literally saw the resurrected Christ. But I'm here as a witness to tell you I've seen the power of the resurrected Christ in my life to save me from my wickets sin, to save me from my heart that has been warped into sin and desired that. And God saved me from it to give me a new heart, to a desire to serve Him and love Him, even though I'm not perfect, nowhere close. But He's changed my heart. And every single one of you who's here today bearing the name of Christ that is true of you, you are a witness to the power of the resurrected Christ in your life to change you, to sanctify you, to make you more like Christ. How? Through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is what Peter says in verses 33, "Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God..." Now that Christ is there at the right hand of God. "And having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing." So Jesus at the time of Peter is at the right hand of God, had received the promise of the Holy Spirit was pouring it out on the apostles. And this is the day of Pentecost where they are preaching and proclaiming the word and gospel of the Lord so that every person can hear them in their own native tongue so that all can understand that's powerful. And while may not look the same today, it's still true today that Christ has poured out the promise of His Holy Spirit upon all who bear the name of Christ. So that way we can live in a way that exemplifies to the world around us, that we are in the kingdom of God. If you're here today and you're not a Christian, what you are seeing and hearing today is the power of the Holy Spirit to change my life, to change this church's life, to bring honor and praise to His name because He is worthy, he is loving, he is deserving of it all. It's nothing to do with us, it's all about Him. Praise be His name. And the only natural response for us is to bow and confess. For those of you who are like, we're just getting to point 2, don't worry, two-thirds of my notes were point 1, so we're we're coming along. But he says in verses 10 and 11 in our text in Philippians, "So that the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father." Praise be his name. Our natural response when we understand the position, the reality of Christ as king over the universe, but also over our lives is that every knee is going to bow. What does that mean? It's a position of humility. It's a position of total submission and recognition of the authority and power of the one you are bowing to. This was something that has been done throughout history, but especially in the Old Testament. It was a sign of saying, "I come with no arms. I come with no weapons. You can see I'm bowing before you. My head is before you. I cannot defend myself. If you want to kill me, you can. I can do nothing to defend myself because I am not worthy. You do with me whatever you wish." That should be the posture of the heart of a Christian saying, "Lord Jesus, you do with my life whatever you wish and I will follow and I will obey whatever it is you can do it." And this is a phrase about position and about relation. One of the things that I want to point out is that it's all about our relation and position according to Christ, not according to each other. This is something that we talked about in Romans. And actually in the book of Romans chapter 14, Paul quotes the same verse that he is quoting here in Philippians to make a similar point in Romans 14 verses 10 through 12. He says this, "Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written as I live says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God." We talked in Romans about how this means we shouldn't be judging one another, we should be focusing on the Lord and praising Him and recognizing our position before Him. And that's true here. And Paul's point in Philippians is the same referencing this verse that our position is not to look at each other and say, "I'm better than them or I'm not as good as them, or I fall somewhere in between on the hierarchy." No, God doesn't care about that. God cares about your relation to Him. We don't look at each other and say, "I am humble because I'm not as good as other people. Or I am not humble, I'm boastful and proud because I'm better than other people." God doesn't care. We all need to be humble regardless of our lives here on earth, regardless of what we say or do, it doesn't matter because we are nowhere near the power and authority and might of God, of Jesus Christ, our Lord and king. So we bow before Him, we are humbled before Him. But there's good news here. I know that that sounds a little like we are humbled, we are low in it. But that's good news. That is good news. And one of the greatest news that I don't know if everyone here knows this, but that Christ promises to exalt you, to exalt me to anyone who is in his kingdom, who has been in submission to his rule and authority, He says that He will exalt, He will lift up in honor and praise. How does that happen? This is from James chapter 4, verses 8 through 10. It says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts you double-minded be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you." It's all so intense. "Cleanse your hands, you sinners." Wow, that's powerful language. But the idea is that we are all sinners. We all have sinned, we've all rejected God. So how are we saved? How are we cleansed and purified from that? We draw near to God, we run to him. When we sin, we don't hide it. We don't keep it away and say, "Oh, it's too shameful to talk about." No, we bring it to God and say, "God, forgive me. I repent. Save me. Cleanse my heart. Make me more like you so I won't keep doing it." When we are in states of mourning, when life is hard and things are depressing, we go to God, we draw near to Him. We don't let those things get in the way and keep us from Him and say, "Life's too hard. I don't feel like talking to God right now. I'm going to stay away." No, we run to Him. We draw near to Him and He promises He will draw near to you. And as we bow, as we humble ourselves before the Lord, He says He'll exalt us. Why? Because again, it's the same teaching that Jesus taught that we talked about for his exaltation, is that those who humble themselves before the Lord will be exalted. This sounds a lot like I'm talking to people who don't know Christ or maybe just know Christ. And I want to be clear, this is for all of us who are Christians. And no matter how long we've been Christian, our goal is to be more and more humble, to be more and more like Christ who was the most humble, who has ever lived to be able to fully submit to the will of God. And as we are humbled, it's not a depressing, woe is me. It's a recognition of the greatness of God. And the more we recognize the greatness of God, the more we recognize how not great we are. And then the more we are lifted and exalted by Christ where he says, "Yeah, but I saved you." By Christ's righteousness, He saved us and we can partake in His power, His glory, His honor in heaven for all of eternity because of Him. Praise be to God. And so we bow in humility and we confess with our mouth that he truly is Lord. We are unashamed of that reality, that He is Lord of our lives. And as we bow and confess this reality, naturally we give Him the glory. We give Him the glory. This is the end of verse 11 where it says, and every tongue confessed that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father. We are bestowing honor and praise and glory to His name. When we recognize the greatness of His salvation, when we recognize how great of a gift that is to us. We're talking about this on New Year's Day while kind of talking about Christmas still. And it's like, what's going on here? Christmas, New Years? What are we talking about? Well, New Years is a time to look back, to look back on our lives of the past year and say, "What went well? What do I need to change?" And then make changes for the future? And what we are doing today is we are looking back at Christmas, that just happened, but we're looking back at it and saying, "This is the reality of Christ coming. This is true. He came. He was born as a baby. This is great. This was the impetus for all that we've been talking about today." Now, how is that going to affect how I live from now on? We cannot lose sight of that. And the reality is that we need to give God more glory. We need to be more humbled. We need to give Him more glory. We need to give Him more and more constant praise. This is done by, as I talked about, giving all of our lives in submission to the will of God, doing everything that we can to Him, but also being thankful in all seasons to God. No matter what is going on in our lives, we can say, "God is still in control. So I am thankful to Him." And so we should be growing in thankfulness for the Lord and His work in all seasons of our lives. And I take this from Psalm 107 versus 1 through 3, and I find it funny that this is basically a command to us as Christians. It says this, "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south." If you are a child of God, if you have been saved by God, no matter where you come from, no matter how far east, west, north or south, it doesn't matter if you are a child of God, give thanks to the Lord. Why? Because he is good. It has nothing to do with our situation. It has nothing to do with what's going on in the world around us. It's just because he is good and his steadfast love endures forever. Praise God. Give Him the glory. And I love to talk about worship through song. If you listen to me preach, I talk about it every other time that I preach because I love it. But also scripture loves it. There's a whole book of Psalms, of songs written to God in praise. But also throughout the Old Testament, as major events happen of God's working they write songs. After the Exodus, they wrote multiple songs of phrase to God because of his goodness. There is something intrinsic about Christians worshiping God through song. And I bring that up to say, let's sing to the Lord. We're going to do that in a little bit, but let's sing. Let's praise him and not be ashamed of what we think about each other or what's going on around us. But just praise him because he is good. And I bring it up to say that sometimes when life is hard, that's the times it's hardest to sing. It's the times where it's hardest to lift your voice in praise. Because songs most of the time are joyful, upbeat things. And if we're sad, we don't want to be joyful and upbeat. But even then, this is from real experience. When you don't want to sing, sing and God will soften and change your heart and help you give Him more glory. Two things before we close. First we will be partaking of communion after this, but then after that we are going to sing some Christmas songs. And I say that to prepare you because I know we live in a divisive culture. Where can we listen to Christmas music after Christmas or not? It's still a worship song, so we're still going to sing it. And I want us to really just focus on that. Not to be thinking of it as a Christmas song, but to be singing it as a song of praise to God. And the second thing, I'm going to read a section from S.M. Lockridge sermon, That's My King. I don't know if anyone knows who S.M. Lockridge is. If you think I'm a passionate speaker, and preacher, I've heard that said about me. If you think I'm passionate, comes nothing close to this guy. S.M. Lockridge, you know his family loved the Lord because the S.M. stands for Shadrach, Meshach, so they really wanted him to be faithful. But he was an African American Baptist preacher in California and he died in 1993. But he has this sermon that's called, That's My King. And I'm going to read less than a third of it. It's a very short sermon, but I cut out a lot. I just want to give you guys a taste of it because it's a song, well, it's a sermon that gets put to music a lot that I listen to every year on Easter. On Easter I listen to him preach this. And on Good Friday he has another sermon called Sunday's Coming. It's also great, listen to that. The idea is how dark and depressing the world is on Good Friday, but Sunday's coming, so we have a reason for hope. Anyway, great sermon. I'm just going to read a section of That's My King, to try and stir up our hearts, to praise and recognition of the true authority of Christ. And then I'll pray and pastor and will come up after that to lead us in communion. "But speaking of Jesus..." He says, "He's the king of the Jews. He's the king of Israel. He's the king of righteousness. He's the king of the ages. He's the King of heaven. He's the king of glory. He's the King of Kings and he's the Lord of Lords. Now, that's my king. I wonder, do you know him? There's no means of measure that can define His limitless love. He's enduringly strong. He's entirely sincere. He's eternally steadfast. He's immortally graceful. He's imperially powerful. He's impartially merciful. That's my King. He's God's son, the sinner savior, the centerpiece of civilization. He's unparalleled, unprecedented supreme. He's preeminent. He's the loftiest idea in literature. He's the highest personality and philosophy. He's the fundamental doctrine of true theology. That's my King. He's the miracle of the age. He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call him." "Well, he's the only one able to supply all our needs simultaneously. Well, I wish I could describe him to you, but he's indescribable. He always has been, and He always will be. You can't impeach Him and He's not going to resign. That's my King. Great is the Lord. That's my King. Thine, thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever and ever. How long is that? And ever and ever and ever. And when you get through it with all the forevers, then amen." Let's pray. Heavenly Father, Lord, you are glorious. You are good. And we praise you that your son, Jesus Christ, saved us from our sins and that he is now seated at your right hand, in all power, glory and exaltation. Help us lift Christ as the one true king and ruler over everything in our lives. Help every aspect of what we say and what we do. Bring honor and glory to your name in submission to your kingdom. Lord, humble us. Give us humble hearts to bow before you and recognize that we are not worthy of your salvation. Yet you are so good and glorious and great that you give it to us anyway. Help us to confess to all those around us of your greatness, of your love, of your goodness, and bring praise to your name because you are good. And we know your steadfast love endures forever and nothing in this world can change that. Give us passion and desire as we leave here today to live in honor and glory of your name so that when the world sees us, they see your power and glory. Amen.

United Church of God Sermons

By Paul Moody in Portland, OR - December 24, 2022 - Daniel chapter 3 is an account of unmovable faith. Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we too must acknowledge God's supremacy and authority, putting Him first. We must trust completely in His promised deliverance. The expression, “But if not”, doesn't convey a lack of faith. Rather, it's an acknowledgement of profound confidence in the perfect will of God.

Hebrew Nation Online
Hanukkah, Shadrach, Meshach & Abed-Nego

Hebrew Nation Online

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2022 25:01


The Enemy's Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a Hebrew word meaning dedication.  Today we will first discuss "coming out" or UN-Assimilating and what we've all gone through to get where we are today and how we need to help each other stay strong and not RE-Assimilate.  We also look at "Merry Christmas" and some response ideas that may better glorify our Savior and King than "Happy Hanukkah".  Most people in the grocery checkout line are clueless as to what Hanukkah is other than a Jewish holiday and the Jewish religion rejects the only begotten Son, YHWH's Word having come in the Flesh.  Do we really want to appear to reject the birth of our Savior when there isn't even time to explain to this person what Hanukkah is all about or that December 25 isn't Jesus birthday and that Jesus isn't our Savior's Name anyway?  Can we really explain all that in 5 minutes or will we simply leave them believing we too (along with most of the world) have rejected our Savior?  Then after a beautiful song by Marty Goetz will read a few scriptures on Hanukkah or dedication including a fresh look at Shadrach, Meshach & Abed-Nego.

Restitutio
475 Scripture & Science 14: What Are Miracles? (Will Barlow)

Restitutio

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2022 44:50


What is a miracle? Does it mean God breaks the laws of physics or merely that he intervenes within the system? After considering several definitions of miracles from Christian thinkers, Will Barlow interacts with a number of biblical incidents to explain what a miracle is and is not. He examines the parting of the Red Sea, Moses getting water from the rock, the collapse of Jericho's walls, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fire, and Daniel in the lions' den. For each Barlow looks at how God performed the miracle, shedding light on how science and scripture interact. Listen to this episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUFzfnYmyQE&list=PLN9jFDsS3QV1Etu1jXO3jbUQ6CFI-2k6W&index=14 See below for notes. —— Links —— We are doing follow-up discussions to these episodes on YouTube. Check them out! See other episodes in this Scripture and Science Class Check out Barlow's previous podcast episodes Learn more about and support the church Barlow and his team are starting in Louisville, KY, called Compass Christian Church Find more articles and audios by Barlow on his website: Study Driven Faith Support Restitutio by donating here Designate Restitutio as your charity of choice for Amazon purchases Join our Restitutio Facebook Group and follow Sean Finnegan on Twitter @RestitutioSF Leave a voice message via SpeakPipe with questions or comments and we may play them out on the air Intro music: Good Vibes by MBB Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library. Who is Sean Finnegan?  Read his bio here —— Notes —— Miracles • Defining a Miracle • Archetypal Example • Other Examples What is the big deal with miracles? Why are miracles important? • Thomas Jefferson famously refused to believe in miracles - his edited version of the NT had all of the miracles removed • In modern times, miracles are still controversial Richard Swinburne on miracles: “What the theist claims about God is that he does have a power to create, conserve, or annihilate anything, big or small. And he can also make objects move or do anything else…He can make the planets move in the way that Kepler discovered that they move, or make gunpowder explode when we set a match to it…” “or he can make planets move in quite different ways, and chemical substances explode or not explode under quite different conditions from those which now govern their behavior. God is not limited by the laws of nature; he makes them and he can change or suspend them – if he chooses.” Francis Collins on miracles: A miracle is “an event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin.” —The Language of God, page 48. William Lane Craig on miracles: “You see, natural laws have implicit ceteris paribus conditions—that's Latin meaning, ‘all other things being equal.' In other words, natural laws assume that no other natural or supernatural factors are interfering with the operation that the law describes.” What is an example of a ceteris paribus condition? • Imagine that an apple is falling from a tree • If you don't intervene, what will happen? • If you do intervene, is gravity wrong? I offer the following definition of a miracle: A miracle is when God acts in an improbable way. However, miracles often fit within the boundaries of the theoretical limits of science. In other words, a miracle may be unexplainable by current scientific theories. That does not imply that God is “breaking His own rules.” We have limited knowledge. In simple words, a miracle is not necessarily a miracle because of what happens, but it generally is a miracle because of: • When it happens • To whom it happens • Why it happens Archetypal Miracle The archetypal example of a miracle is the crossing of the Red (or Reed) Sea. Was the miracle the specific event only? Or was it that it happened in that place, in that time, to those people? Exodus 14:21   Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. Exodus 14:22   And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Were the laws of physics violated in any way by the crossing of the Red Sea? No. In fact, the Bible explicitly tells us how God performed this miracle. So, then, what is the miraculous part? In my mind, this is miraculous because: • It happened to the Hebrews • It happened when God said it would and when the Hebrews needed it • It happened for the purpose of saving God's people Examples of Miracles Are there ways to explain other miracles? • Water from the rock • Walls of Jericho • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego • Daniel and the Lions' den Water from the Rock Exodus 17:6   Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink." And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. How can we explain water from the rock? • God could have led Moses to a location where an underground spring existed • In cases like this, even a relatively small amount of force could cause water to come forth • This fits our understanding of geology How can we explain water from the rock? • Alternately, we could understand this as a large porous sandstone rock that absorbed a lot of water • Again, even a relatively small amount of force could cause water to come forth • This fits our understanding of geology Walls of Jericho Joshua 6:20   So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. How can we explain the falling of the walls of Jericho? • Perhaps this is a case where God gave the priests the resonant frequency of the walls - and the people matched that pitch • Every material has a resonant frequency How can we explain the falling of the walls of Jericho? • Think about a glass shattering when an opera singer reaches a certain note • The Angers Bridge in France was destroyed in 1850 when French soldiers marched in lockstep over the bridge Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Daniel 3:22   Because the king's order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Daniel 3:27   And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king's counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. How can we explain Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego surviving the fiery furnace? • Perhaps God used a force field to separate the men from the fire • Perhaps God created a micro-vacuum around the men Daniel and the Lions' Den Daniel 6:17   And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. Daniel 6:22   My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm." Daniel 6:24   And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions--they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces. How can we explain Daniel surviving the lions' den? • Perhaps God caused the lions to enter a temporary hibernation or heavy sleep sequence • Perhaps God hid Daniel from the lions by masking his scent, etc. Other Miracles in the Bible • The lengthening of the day • Gideon and the fleece • Duplication of matter • Walking on water • Healings • Resurrection of Jesus A miracle is when God acts in an improbable way. However, miracles often fit within the boundaries of the theoretical limits of science.

Peter Anthony Holder's
#0696: The Meshach & Malik Christmas Special

Peter Anthony Holder's "Stuph File"

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2022 59:18


The Stuph File Program Featuring a perennial favourite holiday program. It's The Meshach & Malik Christmas Special Download This is a special one hour show for the holidays. The Meshach & Malik Christmas Show, an irreverent children's program unlike anything you've heard before during the holidays. So just sit back, down another eggnog and enjoy! Music heard on this week's show includes: The Chipmunk Song – David Seville Chipmunks Roasting On An Open Fire – Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer – The Rovers I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jackson Five Have Yourself A Looney Christmas! – Looney Tunes Folks Jingle Bells – The Singing Dogs I Tawt I Taw Ol' Tanty Claus – Tweety & Sylvester Twelve Days Of Christmas – Bob & Doug McKenzie The Angel – Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio Who Put The Stump? – Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth – Spike Jones & His City Slickers I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jackson Five Christmas Dragnet – Stan Freberg & Daws Butler Silent Night – Mahalia Jackson This week's opening slate is presented by Edna Sugarplum, Santa's clerical & secretarial elf. Special thanks to Local 802 of the Elves' Union for allowing her to participate at this very busy time of the year. (If you want a little background into how this special Christmas show was created, Patreon subscribers to The Stuph File Program can enjoy a Patreon Rewards Extra that features info on how the show was created and outtakes of the boys!) Now you can listen to selected items from The Stuph File Program on the new audio service, Audea. A great way to keep up with many of the interviews from the show and take a trip down memory lane to when this show began back in 2009, with over 700 selections to choose from!

A New Beginning with Greg Laurie
Staying Cool When Things Get Hot - III - 15 December 2022

A New Beginning with Greg Laurie

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 19:11


Most of us will one day face a fiery trial. Pastor Greg Laurie says the time to decide where you stand is now, not when the flames are licking at your heels. Be encouraged today as we hear a real-life example from the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.Support the show: https://harvest.org/resources/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Today with Jeff Vines
Suffering & Healing - Part 2 - 12 December 2022

Today with Jeff Vines

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 25:20


The reality of humanity is, eventually we will come into trials and suffering whether we are close to God or not. Today we’re continuing a message from Pastor Jeff on suffering & healing. When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego walked in the fiery furnace, God didn’t save them from the experience but he walked it with him. The Angel of the Lord was with them.Support the show: https://www.oneandall.church/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Cheyenne Hills Podcast
SermonCast | Foretold Part 2: Escalation – December 11, 2022

Cheyenne Hills Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 44:16


Opening Drama: Babylon 605 B.C. - The Apartment of Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego Prophecy can be a difficult subject, but to see how God's prophets foretold of the virgin birth of His only son who would be pierced for our iniquities and bring salvation... and it happened. Then, to go forward saying, "Those poor fools in Jesus' time who didn't realize it was Him" while currently ignoring the rest of the prophecy from the OT and from Jesus, Himself, that has yet to be fulfilled. That's crazy. Drama Cast: Daniel - Jacob Hazard Meshach - Rafael Persad

Armchair Theology
Episode 105: Daniel 1-6

Armchair Theology

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 63:22


Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace. Daniel in the lion's den. A hand writing on the wall... Daniel 1-6 contains some of the most memorable stories in scripture. Join Clay and Ross as they break down this iconic book.

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
December 10: Daniel 2–3; Psalm 130; Hebrews 9

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2022 19:07


Old Testament: Daniel 2–3 Daniel 2–3 (Listen) Nebuchadnezzar's Dream 2 In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. 2 Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. 3 And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.” 4 Then the Chaldeans said to the king in Aramaic,1 “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.” 5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “The word from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins. 6 But if you show the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation.” 7 They answered a second time and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show its interpretation.” 8 The king answered and said, “I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from me is firm—9 if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation.” 10 The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king's demand, for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean. 11 The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.” 12 Because of this the king was angry and very furious, and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. 13 So the decree went out, and the wise men were about to be killed; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them. 14 Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king's guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon. 15 He declared2 to Arioch, the king's captain, “Why is the decree of the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the matter known to Daniel. 16 And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king. God Reveals Nebuchadnezzar's Dream 17 Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. 20 Daniel answered and said:   “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,    to whom belong wisdom and might.21   He changes times and seasons;    he removes kings and sets up kings;  he gives wisdom to the wise    and knowledge to those who have understanding;22   he reveals deep and hidden things;    he knows what is in the darkness,    and the light dwells with him.23   To you, O God of my fathers,    I give thanks and praise,  for you have given me wisdom and might,    and have now made known to me what we asked of you,    for you have made known to us the king's matter.” 24 Therefore Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said thus to him: “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will show the king the interpretation.” 25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus to him: “I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who will make known to the king the interpretation.” 26 The king declared to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” 27 Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these: 29 To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be. 30 But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind. Daniel Interprets the Dream 31 “You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. 32 The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. 36 “This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation. 37 You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, 38 and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold. 39 Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. 40 And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these. 41 And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage,3 but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. 44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, 45 just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.” Daniel Is Promoted 46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be offered up to him. 47 The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” 48 Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. 49 Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king's court. Nebuchadnezzar's Golden Image 3 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits4 and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3 Then the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5 that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.” 7 Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. The Fiery Furnace 8 Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and maliciously accused the Jews. 9 They declared5 to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have made a decree, that every man who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image. 11 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good.6 But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?” 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.7 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics,8 their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. 22 Because the king's order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25 He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. 27 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king's counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside9 the king's command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon. Footnotes [1] 2:4 The text from this point to the end of chapter 7 is in Aramaic [2] 2:15 Aramaic answered and said; also verse 26 [3] 2:43 Aramaic by the seed of men [4] 3:1 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters [5] 3:9 Aramaic answered and said; also verses 24, 26 [6] 3:15 Aramaic lacks well and good [7] 3:17 Or If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us, he will deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and out of your hand, O king [8] 3:21 The meaning of the Aramaic words rendered cloaks and tunics is uncertain; also verse 27 [9] 3:28 Aramaic and changed (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 130 Psalm 130 (Listen) My Soul Waits for the Lord A Song of Ascents. 130   Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!2     O Lord, hear my voice!  Let your ears be attentive    to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 3   If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,    O Lord, who could stand?4   But with you there is forgiveness,    that you may be feared. 5   I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,    and in his word I hope;6   my soul waits for the Lord    more than watchmen for the morning,    more than watchmen for the morning. 7   O Israel, hope in the LORD!    For with the LORD there is steadfast love,    and with him is plentiful redemption.8   And he will redeem Israel    from all his iniquities. (ESV) New Testament: Hebrews 9 Hebrews 9 (Listen) The Earthly Holy Place 9 Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness. 2 For a tent1 was prepared, the first section, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence.2 It is called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second curtain was a second section3 called the Most Holy Place, 4 having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. 5 Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. 6 These preparations having thus been made, the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties, 7 but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people. 8 By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing 9 (which is symbolic for the present age).4 According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation. Redemption Through the Blood of Christ 11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come,5 then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify6 for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our7 conscience from dead works to serve the living God. 15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.8 16 For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. 17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. 23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Footnotes [1] 9:2 Or tabernacle; also verses 11, 21 [2] 9:2 Greek the presentation of the loaves [3] 9:3 Greek tent; also verses 6, 8 [4] 9:9 Or which is symbolic for the age then present [5] 9:11 Some manuscripts good things to come [6] 9:13 Or For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies [7] 9:14 Some manuscripts your [8] 9:15 The Greek word means both covenant and will; also verses 16, 17 (ESV)

ESV: Every Day in the Word
December 10: Daniel 2–3; John 6:22–71; Psalm 130; Proverbs 29:19–20

ESV: Every Day in the Word

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2022 20:58


Old Testament: Daniel 2–3 Daniel 2–3 (Listen) Nebuchadnezzar's Dream 2 In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. 2 Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. 3 And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.” 4 Then the Chaldeans said to the king in Aramaic,1 “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.” 5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “The word from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins. 6 But if you show the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation.” 7 They answered a second time and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show its interpretation.” 8 The king answered and said, “I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from me is firm—9 if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation.” 10 The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king's demand, for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean. 11 The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.” 12 Because of this the king was angry and very furious, and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. 13 So the decree went out, and the wise men were about to be killed; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them. 14 Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king's guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon. 15 He declared2 to Arioch, the king's captain, “Why is the decree of the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the matter known to Daniel. 16 And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king. God Reveals Nebuchadnezzar's Dream 17 Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. 20 Daniel answered and said:   “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,    to whom belong wisdom and might.21   He changes times and seasons;    he removes kings and sets up kings;  he gives wisdom to the wise    and knowledge to those who have understanding;22   he reveals deep and hidden things;    he knows what is in the darkness,    and the light dwells with him.23   To you, O God of my fathers,    I give thanks and praise,  for you have given me wisdom and might,    and have now made known to me what we asked of you,    for you have made known to us the king's matter.” 24 Therefore Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said thus to him: “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will show the king the interpretation.” 25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus to him: “I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who will make known to the king the interpretation.” 26 The king declared to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” 27 Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these: 29 To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be. 30 But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind. Daniel Interprets the Dream 31 “You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. 32 The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. 36 “This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation. 37 You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, 38 and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold. 39 Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. 40 And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these. 41 And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage,3 but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. 44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, 45 just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.” Daniel Is Promoted 46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be offered up to him. 47 The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” 48 Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. 49 Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king's court. Nebuchadnezzar's Golden Image 3 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits4 and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3 Then the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5 that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.” 7 Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. The Fiery Furnace 8 Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and maliciously accused the Jews. 9 They declared5 to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have made a decree, that every man who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image. 11 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good.6 But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?” 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.7 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics,8 their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. 22 Because the king's order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25 He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. 27 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king's counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside9 the king's command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon. Footnotes [1] 2:4 The text from this point to the end of chapter 7 is in Aramaic [2] 2:15 Aramaic answered and said; also verse 26 [3] 2:43 Aramaic by the seed of men [4] 3:1 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters [5] 3:9 Aramaic answered and said; also verses 24, 26 [6] 3:15 Aramaic lacks well and good [7] 3:17 Or If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us, he will deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and out of your hand, O king [8] 3:21 The meaning of the Aramaic words rendered cloaks and tunics is uncertain; also verse 27 [9] 3:28 Aramaic and changed (ESV) New Testament: John 6:22–71 John 6:22–71 (Listen) I Am the Bread of Life 22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” 41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven'?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread1 the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 Jesus2 said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. The Words of Eternal Life 60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” 66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” 71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray him. Footnotes [1] 6:58 Greek lacks the bread [2] 6:59 Greek He (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 130 Psalm 130 (Listen) My Soul Waits for the Lord A Song of Ascents. 130   Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!2     O Lord, hear my voice!  Let your ears be attentive    to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 3   If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,    O Lord, who could stand?4   But with you there is forgiveness,    that you may be feared. 5   I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,    and in his word I hope;6   my soul waits for the Lord    more than watchmen for the morning,    more than watchmen for the morning. 7   O Israel, hope in the LORD!    For with the LORD there is steadfast love,    and with him is plentiful redemption.8   And he will redeem Israel    from all his iniquities. (ESV) Proverb: Proverbs 29:19–20 Proverbs 29:19–20 (Listen) 19   By mere words a servant is not disciplined,    for though he understands, he will not respond.20   Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?    There is more hope for a fool than for him. (ESV)

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
December 9: Daniel 1; Psalm 129; Hebrews 7–8

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 9:46


Old Testament: Daniel 1 Daniel 1 (Listen) Daniel Taken to Babylon 1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family1 and of the nobility, 4 youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. 5 The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. 6 Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. 7 And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego. Daniel's Faithfulness 8 But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. 9 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10 and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.” 11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.” 14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's food. 16 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. 17 As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king. 20 And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom. 21 And Daniel was there until the first year of King Cyrus. Footnotes [1] 1:3 Hebrew of the seed of the kingdom (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 129 Psalm 129 (Listen) They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth A Song of Ascents. 129   “Greatly1 have they afflicted me from my youth”—    let Israel now say—2   “Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth,    yet they have not prevailed against me.3   The plowers plowed upon my back;    they made long their furrows.”4   The LORD is righteous;    he has cut the cords of the wicked.5   May all who hate Zion    be put to shame and turned backward!6   Let them be like the grass on the housetops,    which withers before it grows up,7   with which the reaper does not fill his hand    nor the binder of sheaves his arms,8   nor do those who pass by say,    “The blessing of the LORD be upon you!    We bless you in the name of the LORD!” Footnotes [1] 129:1 Or Often; also verse 2 (ESV) New Testament: Hebrews 7–8 Hebrews 7–8 (Listen) The Priestly Order of Melchizedek 7 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. 3 He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever. 4 See how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils! 5 And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers,1 though these also are descended from Abraham. 6 But this man who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. 8 In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. 9 One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, 10 for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him. Jesus Compared to Melchizedek 11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? 12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. 13 For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is witnessed of him,   “You are a priest forever,    after the order of Melchizedek.” 18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. 20 And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, 21 but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him:   “The Lord has sworn    and will not change his mind,  ‘You are a priest forever.'” 22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. 23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost2 those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. 26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever. Jesus, High Priest of a Better Covenant 8 Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the holy places, in the true tent3 that the Lord set up, not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. 4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. 5 They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” 6 But as it is, Christ4 has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. 8 For he finds fault with them when he says:5   “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,    when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel    and with the house of Judah,9   not like the covenant that I made with their fathers    on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.  For they did not continue in my covenant,    and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.10   For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel    after those days, declares the Lord:  I will put my laws into their minds,    and write them on their hearts,  and I will be their God,    and they shall be my people.11   And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor    and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,'  for they shall all know me,    from the least of them to the greatest.12   For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,    and I will remember their sins no more.” 13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Footnotes [1] 7:5 Or brothers and sisters [2] 7:25 That is, completely; or at all times [3] 8:2 Or tabernacle; also verse 5 [4] 8:6 Greek he [5] 8:8 Some manuscripts For finding fault with it he says to them (ESV)

ESV: Every Day in the Word
December 9: Daniel 1; John 6:1–21; Psalm 129; Proverbs 29:18

ESV: Every Day in the Word

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 6:08


Old Testament: Daniel 1 Daniel 1 (Listen) Daniel Taken to Babylon 1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family1 and of the nobility, 4 youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. 5 The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. 6 Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. 7 And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego. Daniel's Faithfulness 8 But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. 9 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10 and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.” 11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.” 14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's food. 16 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. 17 As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king. 20 And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom. 21 And Daniel was there until the first year of King Cyrus. Footnotes [1] 1:3 Hebrew of the seed of the kingdom (ESV) New Testament: John 6:1–21 John 6:1–21 (Listen) Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand 6 After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii1 worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” 15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. Jesus Walks on Water 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,2 they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going. Footnotes [1] 6:7 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer [2] 6:19 Greek twenty-five or thirty stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 129 Psalm 129 (Listen) They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth A Song of Ascents. 129   “Greatly1 have they afflicted me from my youth”—    let Israel now say—2   “Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth,    yet they have not prevailed against me.3   The plowers plowed upon my back;    they made long their furrows.”4   The LORD is righteous;    he has cut the cords of the wicked.5   May all who hate Zion    be put to shame and turned backward!6   Let them be like the grass on the housetops,    which withers before it grows up,7   with which the reaper does not fill his hand    nor the binder of sheaves his arms,8   nor do those who pass by say,    “The blessing of the LORD be upon you!    We bless you in the name of the LORD!” Footnotes [1] 129:1 Or Often; also verse 2 (ESV) Proverb: Proverbs 29:18 Proverbs 29:18 (Listen) 18   Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,1    but blessed is he who keeps the law. Footnotes [1] 29:18 Or the people are discouraged (ESV)

Today with Jeff Vines
Suffering & Healing - Part 1 - 9 December 2022

Today with Jeff Vines

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 25:20


Today we have a new message in our series on Daniel. Daniel strived to live a Godly life in an un-Godly world. In this message on Suffering & Healing, Pastor Jeff will look at the famous story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who were thrown into a fiery furnace as punishment for not worshipping the King’s statue.Support the show: https://www.oneandall.church/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The DOGgone Truth Podcast
Your Healthy Dog, Pt.3

The DOGgone Truth Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022 21:50


This is Episode #52, Repost from 2019, Season 1. This is a 5-part series from a Lunch 'n' Learn I did back in 2014 to a crowd that was definitely interested in learning how to care for their dogs proactively, naturally according to their species needs - evergreen material. So join me as I added to this and broke it down a bit more for a 5-part series into natural dog health and wellness. This is Part 3. In this episode I tell the story about my Great Dane boy, Meshach. You can visit his Memorial Page to learn more. I also share a bit about my Great Dane Leben, his story is told here in an episode on How NOT to Raise Your Dog. I also shared my Carolina Dog, Schatzie's story a bit as well. You can visit her Memorial Page to learn more. My Neo Mastiff Shadrach is featured in the photo. Here is his Memorial Page. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/doggone-truth/message

Rebel Weight Loss & Lifestyle

In the Bible is a story about three men who were told to bow to the king of Babylon, or face certain death. This king, Nebuchadnezzar, was so desperate to be worshipped that he not only made people bow to him and his image, but anyone who refused was thrown, ALIVE, into a fiery furnace.  Even knowing what would happen, three men named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refused to bow to Nebuchadnezzar. (What's more, they were the ONLY people who wouldn't. Everyone else caved in.) When asked why they refused to bow, these three guys said they didn't have to because their God would deliver them from anything. (Which, if you've read the story, you know God did.) They took a LEAP of FAITH. They stuck to their guns because they knew they were making the right choice, even though everyone around them probably thought they were crazy. Do you sometimes feel like you're being tested? Maybe you wonder if you should just throw in the towel and bow down to the diet industry, to a pill for every ill, and to sacrificing good health for addictive foods like everyone else you know... Because how can you be so different from “the crowd” and still survive? If this is how you're feeling - about your health journey, or about anything else in your life where you don't fit in - check out this week's new podcast episode for help seeing that yes, there are ways to survive "impossible" trials and come out the other side. Listen to this week's new episode of Rebel Weight Loss & Lifestyle in the Code Red network, in your favorite podcast app, or on YouTube! ---- Have you seen our new app?  Even when your other social platforms are unavailable, we are here for you on the Code Red App www.coderedlifestyle.com/app ---- Lose your first, next, or last 10 pounds with absolutely NO pills, powders, shakes, or exercise required.  Click Below to join the challenge! http://bit.ly/10lbtakedown ---- Connect with Cristy: Instagram http://bit.ly/cristycoderedIG

God's Big Story
What is worship?

God's Big Story

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 15:58


Join Julie and Matt as they explore the answer to the question “What is worship?” They'll be joined by their friend Lauren (a musician) as she helps discover what worship is.Together, we'll read the Bible, play a game, and sing a song as we continue to learn more about B!g Church this season.Helpful Definitions:WORSHIP — how we show that God is most valuable. Only God deserves our worship. We use our voices, minds, and bodies to worship God.BIBLE — God's true Word. It is from God and about God.Scripture Reference:Daniel 3:17-185-Second Fly Through Review:1. True or False? God deserves our worship. (TRUE)2. True or False? God was with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace? (TRUE)3. True or False? God protected the men because they perfectly worshiped God (FALSE–God rescued the men because He is good  and He loved them)4. True or False? We can only worship God if we are in church? (FALSE- We can worship God anywhere at any time)5: We can worship God with our voices, minds, and bodies? (TRUE–We can worship God with our whole self)Song:Our Great God (Attributes Song) by The Village Kids

Bridge Bible Talk
Bridge Bible Talk 12 - 5 - 22

Bridge Bible Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 56:58


Pastors Robert Baltodano & John Durante Question Timestamps: Dave, HI (3:25) - Were there Judeans, other than Shadrach, Meshach, Abdednego, and Daniel that did not bow down to the golden image in Daniel 3? Did the others that did bow down lose their salvation? Mark, SC (10:05) - Which version of the Bible do you recommend using? Millie, MA (13:09) - Was Jesus's birthday actually on December 25th? Why do we celebrate Christmas on that day? Brian, SC (16:53) - Was God always a Triune God? Or did the Trinity come around at Pentecost and Jesus's birth? Rolando, NY (21:40) - Is Abraham's Bosom like purgatory? Larry, SC (24:58) - How do I know if I've got the love that comes with being a believer? Sheldon, NY (33:34) - How does it “please the Lord” to cause pain to God as in Isaiah 53:10? Darlene, SC (36:34) - Is it important to understand that there is an absolute involved in losing your salvation after receiving the mark of the beast? Greg, GA (43:14) - I feel a struggle when I try to accept Christ, like something is trying to prevent him from coming in. What should I do? George, NY (49:34) - How does Jesus fit into God saying “I am the Lord your God, I am the one and only” in Deuteronomy 6? Also, how did we add a New Testament later on when God told Moses not to add to his words? Geranimo, NY (53:59) - Am I going to heaven if I still struggle with sin?   Questions? 888-712-7434 Questions@bbtlive.org

Today with Jeff Vines
NOW EPS 7 - SUFFERING AND HEALING

Today with Jeff Vines

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 25:21


Today we have a new message in our series on Daniel. Daniel strives to live a godly life in an un-Godly world. In this message on suffering & healing, Pastor Jeff will look at the famous story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who were thrown into a fiery furnace as punishment for not worshiping the King's statue.

LightHouse Calvary Chapel Manchester, NH
Daniel 1:1-21 "Daniel Purposed In His Heart"

LightHouse Calvary Chapel Manchester, NH

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 56:34


Daniel 1:1-21 NKJV Daniel and His Friends Obey God 1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of [a]the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god. 3 Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king's descendants and some of the nobles, 4 young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the language and [b]literature of the Chaldeans. 5 And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king's delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. 6 Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 7 To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego. 8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9 Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and [c]goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. 10 And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” 11 So Daniel said to [d]the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king's delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” 14 So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. 15 And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king's delicacies. 16 Thus [e]the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. 17 As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 Then the king [f]interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. 20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. 21 Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.

Calgary Free Presbyterian Church
The Son Delivers from the Fire

Calgary Free Presbyterian Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 47:00


In the well-known narrative of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego being cast into the fiery furnace, all three are delivered by Divine intervention. The Son of God Himself comes to their aid, and protects them in the midst of their affliction, and subsequently delivers them from the fiery furnace- --1. The Wrath of the Prince of this World--2. The Fiery Judgement--3. The Son of God in the Furnace--4. The Gospel Redemption

ESV: Read through the Bible
December 4: Daniel 3–4; 1 John 3

ESV: Read through the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 16:28


Morning: Daniel 3–4 Daniel 3–4 (Listen) Nebuchadnezzar's Golden Image 3 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits1 and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3 Then the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5 that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.” 7 Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. The Fiery Furnace 8 Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and maliciously accused the Jews. 9 They declared2 to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have made a decree, that every man who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image. 11 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good.3 But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?” 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.4 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics,5 their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. 22 Because the king's order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25 He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. 27 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king's counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside6 the king's command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar Praises God 4 7 King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! 2 It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me. 3   How great are his signs,    how mighty his wonders!  His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,    and his dominion endures from generation to generation. Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream 4 8 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace. 5 I saw a dream that made me afraid. As I lay in bed the fancies and the visions of my head alarmed me. 6 So I made a decree that all the wise men of Babylon should be brought before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. 7 Then the magicians, the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers came in, and I told them the dream, but they could not make known to me its interpretation. 8 At last Daniel came in before me—he who was named Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods9—and I told him the dream, saying, 9 “O Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too difficult for you, tell me the visions of my dream that I saw and their interpretation. 10 The visions of my head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great. 11 The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth. 12 Its leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and the birds of the heavens lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it. 13 “I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven. 14 He proclaimed aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and lop off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it and the birds from its branches. 15 But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, amid the tender grass of the field. Let him be wet with the dew of heaven. Let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth. 16 Let his mind be changed from a man's, and let a beast's mind be given to him; and let seven periods of time pass over him. 17 The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.' 18 This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. And you, O Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation, but you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.” Daniel Interprets the Second Dream 19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was dismayed for a while, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, let not the dream or the interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dream be for those who hate you and its interpretation for your enemies! 20 The tree you saw, which grew and became strong, so that its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth, 21 whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which beasts of the field found shade, and in whose branches the birds of the heavens lived—22 it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong. Your greatness has grown and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth. 23 And because the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field, and let him be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven periods of time pass over him,' 24 this is the interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king, 25 that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will. 26 And as it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmed for you from the time that you know that Heaven rules. 27 Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.” Nebuchadnezzar's Humiliation 28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” 31 While the words were still in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, 32 and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” 33 Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles' feathers, and his nails were like birds' claws. Nebuchadnezzar Restored 34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,   for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,    and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;35   all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,    and he does according to his will among the host of heaven    and among the inhabitants of the earth;  and none can stay his hand    or say to him, “What have you done?” 36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble. Footnotes [1] 3:1 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters [2] 3:9 Aramaic answered and said; also verses 24, 26 [3] 3:15 Aramaic lacks well and good [4] 3:17 Or If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us, he will deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and out of your hand, O king [5] 3:21 The meaning of the Aramaic words rendered cloaks and tunics is uncertain; also verse 27 [6] 3:28 Aramaic and changed [7] 4:1 Ch 3:31 in Aramaic [8] 4:4 Ch 4:1 in Aramaic [9] 4:8 Or Spirit of the holy God; also verses 9, 18 (ESV) Evening: 1 John 3 1 John 3 (Listen) 3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears1 we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's2 seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. Love One Another 11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers,3 that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God,4 and God5 in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. Footnotes [1] 3:2 Or when it appears [2] 3:9 Greek his [3] 3:13 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 14, 16 [4] 3:24 Greek him [5] 3:24 Greek he (ESV)

Today with Jeff Vines
NOW EPS 8 - SUFFERING AND HEALING

Today with Jeff Vines

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 25:22


The reality of humanity is, eventually we will come into trials and suffering whether we are close to God or not. Today we're continuing a message from Pastor Jeff on suffering & healing. When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego walked in the fiery furnace, God didn't save them from the experience but he walked it with him. The Angel of the Lord was with them.

ESV: Read through the Bible
December 3: Daniel 1–2; 1 John 2

ESV: Read through the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2022 15:34


Morning: Daniel 1–2 Daniel 1–2 (Listen) Daniel Taken to Babylon 1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family1 and of the nobility, 4 youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. 5 The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. 6 Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. 7 And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego. Daniel's Faithfulness 8 But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. 9 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10 and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.” 11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.” 14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's food. 16 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. 17 As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king. 20 And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom. 21 And Daniel was there until the first year of King Cyrus. Nebuchadnezzar's Dream 2 In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. 2 Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. 3 And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.” 4 Then the Chaldeans said to the king in Aramaic,2 “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.” 5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “The word from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins. 6 But if you show the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation.” 7 They answered a second time and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show its interpretation.” 8 The king answered and said, “I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from me is firm—9 if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation.” 10 The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king's demand, for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean. 11 The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.” 12 Because of this the king was angry and very furious, and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. 13 So the decree went out, and the wise men were about to be killed; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them. 14 Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king's guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon. 15 He declared3 to Arioch, the king's captain, “Why is the decree of the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the matter known to Daniel. 16 And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king. God Reveals Nebuchadnezzar's Dream 17 Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18 and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. 20 Daniel answered and said:   “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,    to whom belong wisdom and might.21   He changes times and seasons;    he removes kings and sets up kings;  he gives wisdom to the wise    and knowledge to those who have understanding;22   he reveals deep and hidden things;    he knows what is in the darkness,    and the light dwells with him.23   To you, O God of my fathers,    I give thanks and praise,  for you have given me wisdom and might,    and have now made known to me what we asked of you,    for you have made known to us the king's matter.” 24 Therefore Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said thus to him: “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will show the king the interpretation.” 25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus to him: “I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who will make known to the king the interpretation.” 26 The king declared to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” 27 Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these: 29 To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be. 30 But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind. Daniel Interprets the Dream 31 “You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. 32 The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. 36 “This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation. 37 You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, 38 and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold. 39 Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. 40 And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these. 41 And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage,4 but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. 44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, 45 just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.” Daniel Is Promoted 46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be offered up to him. 47 The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” 48 Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. 49 Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king's court. Footnotes [1] 1:3 Hebrew of the seed of the kingdom [2] 2:4 The text from this point to the end of chapter 7 is in Aramaic [3] 2:15 Aramaic answered and said; also verse 26 [4] 2:43 Aramaic by the seed of men (ESV) Evening: 1 John 2 1 John 2 (Listen) Christ Our Advocate 2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. The New Commandment 7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because1 the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him2 there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 12   I am writing to you, little children,    because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake.13   I am writing to you, fathers,    because you know him who is from the beginning.  I am writing to you, young men,    because you have overcome the evil one.  I write to you, children,    because you know the Father.14   I write to you, fathers,    because you know him who is from the beginning.  I write to you, young men,    because you are strong,    and the word of God abides in you,    and you have overcome the evil one. Do Not Love the World 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life3—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. Warning Concerning Antichrists 18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. 20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.4 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us5—eternal life. 26 I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. Children of God 28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. Footnotes [1] 2:8 Or that [2] 2:10 Or it [3] 2:16 Or pride in possessions [4] 2:20 Some manuscripts you know everything [5] 2:25 Some manuscripts you (ESV)

Commuter Bible OT
Daniel 3-4, Proverbs 27:1-13

Commuter Bible OT

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 20:49


Daniel 3 - 1:04 . Daniel 4 - 8:58 . Proverbs 27:1-13 - 17:59 . Through their wisdom and through their service to the king, Daniel and his friends bear witness to the power and glory of God through their faithful witness. Many of us know the account found in today's reading, wherein David's friends (here called by their Babylonian names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) are forced to decide between paying homage to Nebuchadnezzar's idol or burning alive in a giant furnace. They choose the difficult path of faithfulness, confessing that can save them if he so desires. In chapter 4, the kind recounts a dream and Daniel's interpretation of it, followed by the fulfillment of the dream wherein the king is humbled by God Almighty.:::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org

Two Journeys Sermons
Humble Faith Unleashes Limitless Power (Mark Sermon 33) (Audio)

Two Journeys Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022


Learn about one woman's great faith, and Jesus’ greater compassion and power! - Sermon Transcript - Usually when I begin preaching week after week as we're moving through the Gospel of Mark, I tell you to open in your Bibles to the text that you just heard read. I'm going to say, open your Bibles to Mark 7: 24-30. But I'm also going to urge you to put your finger over in Matthew 15:21-28 if you'd like, because I'm going to be moving back and forth between these two accounts. God in his grace gave us four gospels. The four gospels, all of them are perfect and three of them, Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called synoptic because they run over often basically the same material, but in different ways. My desire always is to accept them as an errant, as perfect and flawless and necessary and helpful. Sometimes, I just take Mark's account and just walk through it, and that's certainly fine. Today, I'm not going to do that. I'm going to be harmonizing the account of this encounter with the Canaanite woman, the Syrophoenician woman from both Matthew 15 and Mark 7. This is a story of a mother's humble and persistent faith because of which Jesus unleashes unlimited power, great faith, and greater power. We're called on in the text to marvel at her faith and to learn from it, but even more we are summoned by the text to join her in falling at Jesus's feet and beseeching him by faith for every blessing that He alone can bestow. We're looking in two directions this morning as we look at this text. We're looking at the woman to learn from her faith and at the Savior to worship him for his wisdom, grace and power. Jesus is always the main point, always. This woman is in a desperate plight. Her little daughter is demon possessed. The horror of that affliction is overwhelming and her spiritual condition is terrible. She's a pagan living in a pagan land, but she turns away from all of the idols of her paganism and her pagan heritage to Christ. She knows that He alone can save her daughter, and she cries out to him desperately and persistently for his mercy on her little girl. Some of you may be in a desperate plight yourselves this morning, not anything perhaps like this woman, but maybe you are hurting deeply in some affliction in your life and God brought you here to join with this woman and imitate her faith. Of course, you won't be saved at all from looking at the woman, ultimately. She can't save you, but Jesus can. This account calls on you to see Jesus, to drink in his nature, specifically his compassion and power anew and trust in him alone. When I was a new Christian, a friend of mine, the guy who had led me to Christ, gave me a copy of a book that has continued to be precious to me. It was a devotional written by Charles Persian called Morning and Evening. Some of you have used it before. In Morning and Evening, it's throughout the calendar, January 1st, December 31st with a reading for the morning and reading for the evening. In that, he deals with this story twice. In the over 700 devotional that he gives, he deals with her twice. He spoke first in Matthew's account about the fact that in this encounter between the Canaanite woman and Jesus, "He did not answer her a word.” He began by not saying anything to her at all, just ignoring her, it seems. She's desperately begging Jesus to heal her daughter and He ignores her like she doesn't even exist. Spurgeon picked up on that and meditated on it, and I want to read from him and quote from him, extensively. "Genuine seekers who as yet have not obtained the blessing may take comfort in the story before us. The Savior did not at once bestow the blessing, even though the woman had great faith in him. He intended to give it, but he waited a while. He answered her not a word. Were not her prayers good? Never better in the world. Was not her case needy? Sorrowfully needy. Did she not feel her needs sufficiently? Oh, she felt it overwhelmingly. Was she not an earnest enough? Oh, she was intensely so. Had she no faith? She had such a high degree of faith that Jesus was amazed and said, ‘Oh woman, great is your faith.’ See then, although it is true that faith brings peace, yet it does not always bring it instantly. There may be certain reasons calling for the trial of faith rather than for the reward of faith. Genuine faith may be in the soul like a hidden seed, but as yet, it may not have budded and blossomed into joy and peace. A painful silence from the Savior is the trial of many seeking soul, but heavier still is the harsh cutting reply such as this, ‘It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs.’ Many in waiting upon the Lord find immediate delight, but this is not the case with all. A deeper sense of sin may be given to you instead of a sense of pardon. In such a case, you'll need to have patience to bear the heavy blow. Ah, poor heart. Though Christ beat and bruise you or even slay you, you must trust in him. Though he should give you an angry word, believe in the love in his heart. Do not, I beg you, give up, seeking or trusting the master because you have not yet obtained the conscious joy which you long for. Cast yourself upon him persevering depend where you cannot yet rejoicingly hope.” "Genuine faith may be in the soul like a hidden seed, but as yet, it may not have budded and blossomed into joy and peace. … A deeper sense of sin may be given to you instead of a sense of pardon. In such a case, you'll need to have patience to bear the heavy blow." That's the lesson on persevering faith we learn from this woman. Her faith was great, but Jesus’ compassion and power are greater. What struck me when I was doing scripture memory in the Gospel of Mark , I came to this account, and thought of the phrase, "effortless power," on the part of Jesus. It first hit me in this account, effortless power, and I've used it for all the other miracles, but it started for me first in this encounter, effortless power that Jesus displays over the demon. In a split second, I mean, literally, split second, He drives a demon out without moving a muscle, without speaking a word. Look at verse 29 and 30 in Mark 7. “Then he told her, ‘For such a reply, you may go. The demon has left your daughter.’ She went home and found her daughter, her child lying on the bed and the demon gone.” That is simply astonishing. One moment the demon was inhabiting this little girl, and the next moment after her statement, the demon had been evicted; not the demon will leave presently, no, the demon has gone. When? Now, a moment ago. How? By the power of his thoughts. As I said, Jesus just didn't move a muscle. He didn't walk over to her home. He didn't lay hands on her as He usually liked to do. He didn't rebuke the demon or speak any words to the demon. He did nothing but exert spiritual force on the demon, the force of his sovereign kingly power overall things, and the demon was gone. The demon had no choice but to be gone. So for me, this I think is the clearest example of effortless power on Jesus part. What effort physically did he make? None. It's just his kingly power. I've talked about it throughout the gospel of Mark. At the beginning of the sermon, I've already laid out all my cards on the table. What's left to do? We've talked about the woman and how wonderful her faith is. We've talked about Jesus's effortless power. We could just pray and go home now, but I'm not going to do that. We're going to walk through the texts, both of them to some degree, and try to learn the details. I've already told you the point of the story. Let's walk through it. I. Jesus’ Strategic Retreat It begins with Jesus' strategic retreat. Look at verse 24 in Mark 7, “Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it. Yet he could not keep his presence a secret.” Matthew 15:21, “Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.” Why this retreat? The Greek word in Matthew is stronger than just “he went away”. This was a strategic retreat on his part, and the reason I think was to escape the building pressure in the Jewish country that would bring issues to a head too soon. Jesus had a strong sense of the timing of his mission. Everything had been planned out to the detail, especially his death. In John's Gospel, we have this repeated phrase. Many times they sought to arrest Jesus and kill him or take him away, but John tells us, “his time had not yet come.” Everything was timed out, but there's a human factor in this. The human pressures are mounting to a point of explosion. The pot's about to boil over. You've got the huge crowds that are constantly pressing in, physically pressing in on Jesus for healing, depriving him sometimes even of air, and they want, in John 6, to take him away by force to make him king. They're going to take matters in their own hands and just make him king. You've got Herod Antipas, the wicked king that executed John the Baptist after that alluring dance done by that young woman, who would certainly have opposed Jesus and fought against him and perhaps incarcerated him and killed him as well. Most of all though, you've got the religious leaders, the Jewish religious leaders, the chief Scribes and Pharisees, who are increasingly hostile to Jesus, already plotting and scheming his death. For all these reasons, Jesus had to get away. He had to affect a strategic retreat, but I think it was especially to focus on the twelve apostles. He wanted to spend time with them and shape them and mold them and prepare them for their future mission, even to the ends of the earth, including gentile areas. He wanted to pour into them and train them, away from those mounting Jewish pressures. He retreated to Tyre and Sidon. It's a Gentile area, as I've said. It's away from the Jewish nation, away from Judea and Galilee. Jesus would not be as well known there. Tyre and Sidon were notorious centers of Gentile wickedness. They were port cities known for trade across the Mediterranean and all the wickedness of the world just pooled there like a cesspool of wickedness. Ezekiel 28 openly implies that Satan was the king of Tyre. He's the power behind that economic throne. Tyre's a perfect place for Jesus to retreat to. The Jewish crowds are not going to follow him there, and He would not be as well known there. II. A Mother’s Desperate Plea However, this desperate woman found him anyway. Look at verse 24 in Mark 7, “He entered the house and did not want anyone to know it, yet he could not keep his presence a secret.” That brings us to this mother and her desperate plea, look at verse 25, “In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet.” Matthew 15 says she falls at his feet. Putting it together, where we go back a little bit in time with the beginning of the encounter, Matthew gives us more of the full encounter. In Matthew 15:22, she was crying out. It says, "Lord, son of David, have mercy on me. My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession." Who is this woman? It ways in Mark 7:26, the woman was a Greek, we're told born in Syrian Phoenicia. That's why she's called a Syrophoenician. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. She's a Canaanite. These are the very people of the land that the Jews under Joshua had driven out of the Promised Land, the ones that they were never supposed to intermarry with. The ones that are known for their paganism and their wickedness, that's who she was. This woman would've been a complete outcast as far as the Jews were concerned. She was a pagan woman, but she has this desperate plight. She says in Matthew's account, "My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession.” The Greek there is intensive, as if the demon is thrashing this little girl around, beating her up, abusing her daily and the daughter is little. This tender little girl, powerless against this spiritual force, and there's nothing the mother can do. She makes repeated pleas. Mark gives us the sense that she's repeatedly crying out to Jesus again and again. She uses this Jewish term in Matthew, "Lord's son of David," so she seems to understand the significance of that title. Mark gives us a sense of her bodily position. Mark says she casts herself down before him at his feet, a position of abject weakness and a description also of majesty to Jesus by calling him Lord and throwing herself at his feet. She may be ready to worship him, but especially, she has nowhere else to turn, and yet she has no doubts whatsoever that Jesus has the power to heal her little girl. III. Jesus Tests Her Faith - She Passes the Test Then, Jesus tests her faith and she passes the test. Back in Matthew, we get, as I said, Jesus's initial strange response that Spurgeon talked about. Jesus did not answer her a word, He just ignores her. He acted like she wasn't even there. This is a picture of a basic theological fact. God doesn't have to listen to you. He doesn't owe you a hearing if you're a sinner apart from Christ. He doesn't have to listen to anything you say. He’s not under obligation. He does hear everything because He is omnipotent, but this is a picture showing that we don't necessarily have a hearing. We don't necessarily have access to the throne. The disciples are shown in Matthew's account at this point with simple annoyance. That's all that's going on for them, straight annoyance. Matthew 15:23, “The disciples came to him and urged him, ‘Send her away for she keeps crying out after us.’" They don't want anything to do with this woman. Like any typical Jewish person of that day, they almost certainly would've disdain her, looked at her only as a noisy annoyance, no compassion. I don't read any compassion in them at all for her. Then, Jesus makes his first verbal response, lost to them, but it's certainly relevant to the woman. In Matthew 15:24, he answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." Jesus there strategically borders his ministry, geographically, ethnically to the Jewish nation, but we know this is only temporary, but this is what He says, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." Next, the woman then presses in, and Jesus answers her directly. I mean, isn't she marvelous? She will not be ignored. She will not be denied. So beautiful, such a picture of persistent faith. Matthew 15:25-26, “The woman came and knelt before him. ‘Lord, help me,’ she says.” I mean it's not much different than Peter's sinking prayer, "Lord, save me." It's just that simple, "Lord, help me." Then He says to her, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." Now, we must admit, this is troubling. This is a troubling statement. It's a difficult statement. It seems harsh. It seems demeaning to her as a human being. It seems so unlike Jesus, wouldn't you agree? It doesn't seem to be what He was about. He was very tenderhearted toward people who were in suffering situations, especially women. There's some mitigating factors here. First of all, we don't have Jesus's tone of voice. We don't have his facial expression. We just have the account. The Greek implies that Jesus had a longer conversation with her. None of the gospels is exhaustively complete, and there's always more that went on than was recorded. There's additional things. It says, "Jesus was saying to her, ‘It's not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs.’" “Dogs” here in the Greek is not the term of a wild stray dog that roams around viciously attacking other dogs and attacking people and looking for garbage, picking through garbage. It's a different word. Seems to be more domesticated. Yet for all of that, I will admit, it still seems strange. It seems like a strange answer on Jesus' part. Why did He do it? Let's eliminate some possibilities. Just take some right off the table, not because of this, not because of this, not because of this. Let's walk through what it couldn't have been. It's not because Jesus didn't care about Gentiles or God doesn't care about Gentiles. Not at all. At the very beginning of the Jewish nation, the call of Abraham in Genesis 12, God said in verse 3, "I will bless those who bless you, Abraham, and whoever curses you, I will curse and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." All the Gentiles are going to be blessed through you. That's from the very beginning. God had a saving purpose to our Gentiles. Then, in Isaiah 49:6, “God, the Father says to God the Son pre-incarnate, ‘It is too small a thing for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.’" That's six centuries before Jesus was even born. Again, in Psalm 67, the beautiful Jewish psalmist writes these words, "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise you, oh God. May all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy." I could multiply verses like this from the Old Testament. That's not it. After Christ's resurrection, He will send his apostles, his disciples to the ends of the earth to make disciples of all nations. There's no doubt about that. One of the earliest places they would go would be Tyre and Sidon, so much so that at the end of his third missionary journey, Paul on route to Jerusalem, stops and visits the disciples there in Tyre, many of whom knew about Paul and welcomed him warmly and loved him. Second, it's not because Jesus lacked the power to do miracles in a Gentile land. Jesus was God omnipotent. There is nothing He cannot do. It’s not that He's not particularly good in Gentile or Jewish lands and a little bit weaker in Gentile land. That is not the case. Jesus is very good everywhere. That's not it. Clearly, Jesus is effortlessly powerful over this demon. Thirdly, not because ministry in Tyre would not have been effective or somehow a waste of time. Actually, quite the opposite. Jesus was charging Jewish cities with great sin because they didn't repent, seeing a river of miracles from him. In Matthew 11:21, He says, "Woe you, Chorazin. Woe to you Bethsaida,” [Jewish cities] "If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would've repented long ago in sack cloth and ashes.” The whole city would've repented. According to his sovereign strategic will, He didn't do those miracles in Tyre and Sidon, but they would've been effective in converting the populace. Fourth, not because Jesus lacks mercy or compassion for her plight or that of her daughter. Jesus had the most perfect compassion of any human being in history. Again and again, the gospel speak of Jesus' compassion. Anyone who came to him empty and as a beggar went away full and rich and their needs abundantly met. Fifth, not because Jesus was weary or annoyed, wanted a vacation, a break, and gave her a surly answer based on that. Even when Jesus was dying on the cross, He was caring about other people. Bearing the sins of the world, drinking the cup of God's wrath, He's caring for John and his mother and the thief on the cross and the centurion at the foot of the cross. He's caring about other people. Six, not because Jesus was taking a break from ministry and didn't want to care for her needs at that point. Seventh, not because there's only so much bread on the table and if He takes some of that, there won't be enough for the children. Not at all. I mean, it's like Jesus is a torch and he is lighting a thousand torches. His power is not diminished by doing miracles. It's not like there's only so many miracles to go around. He could do this forever and not because she didn't ask properly or with enough faith. She did very well in how she asked. Okay, why then? There is a salvation strategy in order that's clearly laid out in the Bible to the Jew first, then to the Gentile. Jesus says it himself. "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." As He will say to the Samaritan woman, "Salvation is from the Jews." Paul says in Romans, "To the Jew first then to the Gentile." Paul's strategy was go to Jewish synagogues first and then when they rejected, to then go to the Gentiles. That was the redemptive plan. He was to come to the Jewish nation and the Jewish nation would reject him, and then He would go to the world. As John 1:11 says, “He came to his own and his own people did not receive him.” Secondly, Christ hadn't died yet. The Gentiles are still on the outside. The barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, was still there. Only after He died would a curtain in the temple be torn in two from top to bottom. They're still on the outside, but after He died, Ephesians 2 says, "That by the work of Jesus, there is one new man out of the two." Out of Jew and Gentile, that one new man is the believer in Christ, follower in Christ, whether Jew or Gentile, but that hasn't happened yet. I think ultimately, number three, it's to test her faith, to test her faith and to put it on display. He was testing her to see, first of all if she would humble herself because God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. The Sermon of the Mount blessed are the spiritual beggars for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “If you'll beg me, knowing you have nothing to offer me, I'll give you everything, but if you're going to be prideful, I'll give you nothing.” Imagine if this woman hearing this statement had bristled and said, "I'm not a dog. I'm a human being and you have no right to talk to me that way,” and spun on her heel and walked away. What would she have gotten from Jesus at that point? I'm telling you, nothing. Sometimes, God humbles us in prayer and tells us who we are, reminds us who we are and who He is and starts there. Also, I believe He's testing her to develop her faith, to get it stronger, to make it come on in the pattern of a physical therapist that strengthens weakened muscles by testing them vigorously, even opposing the motion, so the patient has to exert even more force, more willpower, more strength, thus, thus developing the weak muscle. Jesus seems to oppose her, fight against her, despite the fact that He clearly desires to give her what she wants. Finally, ultimately, He wants to put her faith on display for all of us. We who are going to read this account, we're going to learn from her how to come to Christ and beg him. He puts her faith on display. This account puts her faith on display. What do you learn from her faith? What can we learn from it? First of all, faith has a basis. She comes to Jesus, I believe, because she knows who he is and what he's done. "Lord, son of David have mercy on me." Why does she even come to him? She's heard the miracle accounts, and faith has a basis. It is with us. The more we are immersing ourselves in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and indeed in the whole Bible, the stronger our faith in Jesus will get. Faith has a basis and we have more information than this woman ever had. If your faith is weak, get in the Bible. Find out more and more about Jesus. Immerse yourself in that. "What do you learn from her faith? What can we learn from it? First of all, faith has a basis. She comes to Jesus, I believe, because she knows who he is and what he's done." We see also the reverence of her faith. She calls him Lord. She bows down. She falls at his feet. She worships him. She's submissive. She's reverent. She doesn't presume on him or demand from him. She knows that he's exalted and treats him accordingly. We see the confidence of her faith. There's no doubt in her mind whatsoever that Jesus is capable of doing this. That's why she's so persistent. We see the repentance of her faith. She says, "Have mercy on me." She doesn't deserve anything. She's asking for mercy. She can't demand mercy. We see the persistence of her faith. Jesus puts up these roadblocks, and yet she's persistent. She doesn't give up. We see also the love of her faith. It's amazing. She has taken her daughter's condition as though it's her own. Now, you mothers are like, "Well, yeah, that's what mothers do," but still, that's another human being there, and what is she saying? "Have mercy on me. Lord, help me," and that's what happens with prayer. When you're interceding for someone else and they're suffering and you're not, the more you pray, the more your heart gets knit up with their condition and you start to love your neighbor as yourself. You start to love as though it's happening to you. Faith overcomes all of these obstacles and keeps persistent. Jacob wrestled all night with an angel saying, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." We see the humility of her faith. She says, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table," so faith takes its rightful place and says these appropriate things. Remember, the centurion who had paralyzed servant? He said, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof." I love what John the Baptist said when he says, "I'm not worthy to stoop down and untie his sandals." I mean, the more you elevate that sense of the exalted majesty of Jesus, the fact the seraphim are covering their faces in his presence, the better you'll be in your prayer life. IV. Jesus Unleashes Effortless Power We see ultimately the reward of her faith. She gets what she wants. Her persistent faith was rewarded. Jesus unleashes effortless power, verse 29 -30, “Then He told her, ‘For such a reply, you may go, the demon has left your daughter.’ She went home and found her child lying in the bed, the demon gone.” The healing is instantaneous. As we said, it's effortless. This is an amazing picture of the power of Jesus. Demons are vastly more powerful than we are, but Jesus is infinitely more powerful than all of them. Is it just me? Maybe I'm just geeky this way, but I'm hugely into the timeframe here. It's like, when did that happen? "For such a reply, you may go. The demon is gone." What's the timeframe of that? I'm thinking half a second. That's amazing. God can do immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine. That's omnipotence on display. As Jeremiah said, "Ah, sovereign Lord, you made the heaven and the earth by your great power and your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for you.” V. Timeless Lessons I would hope you'd be able to tell me what some of them are by now. I've been super clear right from the beginning of the sermon, but let's walk through some of these timeless lessons. Let's start with Jesus. What do we learn about Jesus, the majesty of Christ here? This woman had great thoughts about Jesus' lavish bounty. Let's go back to Spurgeon now. Let's listen to what Spurgeon says, "This woman had thought great thoughts about Christ. She thought, I know you are so generous a master of the feast that they're sure to be abundant bread on your table, that if even a crumb fell to the ground, that would suffice for me.” Remember, for the woman having a demon cast out of her daughter is a very great thing, but she had such high thoughts of Jesus that she knew for him it was like a crumb falling from his banqueting table. “Dear child of God, think great thoughts of Christ, thinking great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair, but great thoughts of Christ and his atonement will navigate your troubled soul to its peaceful haven. Though your sins may be many and mighty, it is nothing for Christ to atone for them and remove them from you by His work on cross." [Spurgeon] Think great thoughts of Jesus. Think great thoughts of his atoning work on the cross. I love what he said,"If you think great thoughts of your sins alone, you will despair. But if you think great thoughts of Christ, in light of your sin, you'll flee to the cross and find forgiveness." [Spurgeon] Effortless power. Nothing is too difficult for him. John 1:3, "Through him, all things were made and without him, nothing was made that has been made." Isaiah 40:26, Speaking to the stars, “Lift up your eyes and look at these. Look at the heavens. Who created all these? He who brings out the starry hosts one by one and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and his mighty strength, not one of those stars is missing." That's the power of God. It's the power of Christ. I cannot understand the power of Jesus in the invisible spiritual realm. I don't know how that works. That's okay. I don't understand gravity or magnetism either, and neither do you. Somewhere between the sun and us, there's nothing but vacuum, but the sun's exerting some force on us. I don't get that, I don't need to. Same thing in the spiritual realms. When Jesus thinks it, it's just done. Is there any situation in your life that you're facing right now that Jesus cannot handle? You need to understand. I was talking to somebody right before worship. I had this thought. Effortless power means intentionality in your suffering. You realize that. Do you realize that like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, He could put a bubble of pleasure around you and you would live the rest of your life in that bubble if He wanted you to. He could take away all of your diseases. He could take away all of your inflictions, everything that's causing you difficulty. He could put a bubble of ease around you and in that bubble, you would move through this world of suffering until at last, it popped and you were in heaven, and you're like, "Pastor, I'm into that. That sounds really good." Effortless power. He could do that. He's not doing that. Why? He has purpose. He has a purpose in your suffering, all of it. How long it will last, how intense it is. There's purpose. We need to understand that. Secondly, don't be discouraged about God's silence when you pray. As Spurgeon said, "Don't be discouraged. Don't be put off." Be like that woman. Press in. Pray more, not less. Ask more intensely. Keep pr