The theme of redemption is not only central to the life of God’s people in the Old Testament, it continues like a scarlet thread of truth throughout the New Testament. The final and continuous theme of the Bible is that the ultimate redemption is accomplished through the work of Jesus Christ. When the theme of redemption is understood and accepted it is inevitably expressed in rejoicing.
God disciplines those he loves through punishment, but his purpose is restoration and he will not allow the punishment to last forever. God loved Israel enough to restore them. God loves us enough to draw us back when we wander into sin. The ultimate expression of God’s love for us is the person of Jesus Christ, who took our deserved punishment upon himself.
This is the first message in the 3-part series Three Words from the Prophets.
A look at Ezra and his faith in the word of the Lord over the protection of kings. His study of God’s word, application of that word to his life, and teaching it to others prepared him to be someone who stepped to the front and led well at a time when Israel had choices to make–to follow God or not.
The fall of Jerusalem and Israel is a pivotal story in redemptive history. Israel and Judah’s sin reaches the tipping point and God sends his people into exile. How does this speak to God’s faithfulness to his promises and ultimately point us to Christ?
A look at two stories from the ministry of Elisha. Both stories display God’s power, his grace, and his sovereignty – three attributes of God we can take great comfort in.
The story of Naboth’s vineyard in 1 Kings 21 reminds us that God desires justice and stands ready to punish those who deny or pervert justice. As we think about this narrative, it both convicts and brings comfort to God’s people.
A look at Elijah’s complaint from 1 Kings 19:1-18. Even the heroic prophets were real people and sometimes found themselves at their limit. God patiently provided for Elijah in his despair, as he provides for us.
The story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:16-39. The story is fascinating, the themes are varied, but the main lesson is simple. There is only one God. Will you follow the false gods created by human desires or will you follow the one true God, the king of the universe, the only God who is worthy of worship?
A side note in the sermon series “Ancient Stories, Contemporary Truth” that will inform our view of stories to come.
1 Kings 17:1-24 will introduce the prophet Elijah as he confronts King Ahab, calling down the covenant curse for the Israelites’ unfaithfulness in worshiping other gods. Join us on “The Puzzling Path of the Living God” as we explore God’s sovereignty and role of sole provider for life and living.