Lord of the Sabbath: Mark 2:23-28

The disciples and Jesus are walking through a barley or wheat field.  Some Pharisees, a group of legalistic Jews, are standing by, ready to ambush them.  For Jesus chafed them the wrong way, going against their grain.  In the other Gospel accounts, we learn they are hungry.  So what are they to do? Tired and […]

John: Lesson 6: Opposition to Jesus becomes Public (John 5:1-29)

Up until now, Jesus has mostly been working with individuals, but in this section of the Gospel, His ministry begins to engage with larger groups, both followers and dissenters.  In John 5, Jesus begins by healing a paralyzed man on the Sabbath (5:1-9).  This event becomes a spark to ignite the public opposition against Him […]

Luke 14:1-6: Jesus is Our Sabbath Rest

With laser-like precision, they honed in on His every word. They did this, not because they wanted to learn from the Lord of lords in the flesh, but to trap Him in His words. They wanted to pounce on Jesus and show that He was a fraud. So, those Pharisees conspired and schemed, looking for […]

Ezekiel 34: Jesus Feeds You

In our Old-Testament reading, we find God’s people in a time of duress.  They were a defeated nation, in exile.  But what made it worse was that Israel’s leaders, their shepherds, had failed in their callings.  They weren’t faithful.  They cared more about themselves than the flock that God had charged them to serve and […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 16: Don’t Keep God from Coming to You with His Life and Salvation

Paul continues to deal with the issue of whether it’s okay to eat the meat that was earlier sacrificed to idols. To deal with this issue, he continues to use Old-Covenant Israel as an example of what not to do and how not to approach God, all within a chiastic structure. A 8:1-13 Dealing with […]

Exodus, Lesson 28: Proper Worship Contrasted with Improper Worship

God had just told Moses about the bronze basin, from which the Priests would purify themselves before entering God’s presence.  If they were not so purified, they would die.  Last week, we learned that the water in the bronze basin was a (but not the only) foreshadowing of New-Covenant baptism.  Now God tells Moses about […]