The birth of Ishmael – Genesis 16

The events recorded in Genesis 16 is another example of how our decisions affect those around us. This one event changed the course of history and set the stage for the conflicts that we see in our day. With the birth of Ishmael, we have the birth of the birth of the arch enemy of…

Sanctification

Sanctification is one doctrine that we tend to shy away from. We love to talk about the doctrine of redemption, justification, propitiation, and glorification. When these doctrines are preached we respond with shouts of ‘amen’ and ‘glory to God.’ However, when it comes to sanctification it is met with silence. The apostle Paul prays that…

Abram Believed – Genesis 15

Abram’s story reminds us of a soap opera. In one episode we find him the triumphant man of faith, believing God for the birth of a miracle child, and we say to ourselves, “Abram believed God!” But in the following episode, we see him fathering an illegitimate child, squabbling with his wife, and in a…

Jesus is the Son of God – John 10:19-42

Not only does the scriptures testify that Jesus is the Son of God, but Jesus Himself also testifies to this fact. In the context of Jesus’ conversation with the Jews concerning His healing of the blind man, Jesus makes it very clear that He is the Son of God. In this passage we see two…

Jesus is the Good Shepherd – John 10:11-18

In John 10:1-10 we saw how Jesus is the door. Jesus is the door of the sheep. The sheep is the nation of Israel. Jesus is the door through which the Jews are called out of their religion and called into a relationship with Jesus. Salvation is not only available to the Jews. It is…

The Deliverance of Lot – Genesis 14:1-24

The New American Commentary says, “The war of the kings sets the scene for this second account in the trilogy of Abram-Lot stories (chaps. 13; 14; 18–19). Lot contrasts Abram in two ways in this episode: first, he is the passive, impotent figure compared to the courageous champion Abram; second, Lot is incompetent as leader…

Jesus is the door (John 10:1-10)

The purpose of the Gospel of John is to reveal who Jesus is. After Jesus heals the man born blind, Jesus engages in a discourse with the religious leaders of His day. This discourse is recorded in 10:1-42. In having this discussion, Jesus makes it very clear who He really is. Jesus speaks a parable…