December 13th, 2020
Setting and OverviewWhile Luke 1 tells the story of how Mary learned that she would give birth to Jesus, Matthew 1 tells the story of Joseph learned the news. In Luke 1:26-39, 56, we read how Mary wen...
December 6th, 2020
Setting and OverviewThose who are unfamiliar with the Bible and are coming to study it for the first time often wonder by there are four Gospels and why they don’t simply just get combined into one. T...
November 29th, 2020
Setting and OverviewOf the three areas of public piety that Jesus addresses in the Matthew 6, there is little question that fasting is the one with which Protestants today are least familiar. Because ...
November 22nd, 2020
Setting and OverviewAs Jesus addresses the danger of self-righteousness and false piety throughout the first half of chapter 6, He is also challenging us to evaluate what distinguishes us from non-Chr...
November 15th, 2020
Matthew 6:2-4Setting and OverviewAfter stating the overall message of the first half of Matthew 6, Jesus now goes into the specific aspects of public piety that were most important to the Jewish peopl...
November 8th, 2020
November 8, 2020Setting and OverviewAs Jesus moves through the Sermon on the Mount, we see Him skillfully address common erroneous beliefs that existed among the people, head off objections to His tea...
November 1st, 2020
Setting and OverviewThe final verse of chapter 5 is seen by some to be the conclusion to the final antithesis, and by others to be meant to refer back to and close the entire section. The evidence see...
October 25th, 2020
Setting and OverviewAs His listeners were still coming to grips with the penultimate antithesis, the exhortation to forgo retaliation (vv. 38-42), Jesus follows with a final antithesis that takes this...
Vision of Hope - October 22, 2020
October 22nd, 2020
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October 18th, 2020
Setting and OverviewOne of the oldest legal principles is lex talionis, which has been a key part of civil law for millennia and says that the degree of punishment for an act should correspond to the ...
October 11th, 2020
Setting and OverviewIn our first set of three antitheses, we saw Jesus address issues that could either be kept hidden from others (anger and lust) or would only apply to a smaller percentage of liste...
October 4th, 2020
Setting and OverviewDivorce was a serious issue in Jesus’ time, and ironically enough, it was especially prevalent among the Pharisees. Divorce is a serious and destructive event, so preventing unnece...