Month: September 2006

Amazing Sermons

Here are some of the best sermons that I heard while attending Dallas Theological Seminary. All of the links go to the same page, I could not get each sermon to link correctly, so you will have to search for each speaker individually under DTS chapel.

Dr. Gordon Johnston A great overview of God working behind the scenes in the life of Esther, as well as our own.

Dr. Jeff Bingham Anything by Dr. Bingham is gold!

Dr. John Piper This message was revolutionary for me. Little did I know that this man would have such an impact on me.

Dr. Daniel Block Great lectureship on the Mosaic Law, Old Testament, etc.

Dr. Robert Chisholm Another great sermon from one of the best OT exegetes/theologians around.

Chip Ingram This was a sermon series that I heard my last semester. Chip’s passion is contagious. There was a great brown bag after this series too.

Demortri

I thought I’d throw a song up on my other website {Life In Texas} by the band that I play with: Demortri. Let me know what you think, or if you’d like a cd, or if you live in the Dallas area and you are a musician and would be interested in playing in a world beat/reggae/pop/middle eastern/indian type of band. Josh Ramos, you can still come back to play!

The Grace To Not “Spy” Again

In Numbers 13 we have the infamous passage where Moses sends out 12 men “to spy” out the land of Canaan. When only Joshua and Caleb return with a good report, the people begin to grumble and complain, the LORD is angered, kills the 10 unbelieving spies {14:36} and informs the nation that the older unbelieving generation will not inherit the land of promise. That alone will be reserved for the younger generation {14:26-35}.

But lest we think that God is not functioning with grace anymore to the Israelites, let us turn to chapter 15 where we see GRACE in action in verse 39. This is where a working knowledge of Hebrew comes in handy. The same word that was used in Numbers 13:2 for “to spy out” is also used in 15:39: “You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by SPYING OUT after the lusts of your own heart and eyes.”

Here we see the LORD graciously giving the Israelites tassals on their garments to remind themselves to not break his commandments again. He gives the grace to not “spy” again. Grace, grace indeed!

Does God Kill for Strange Fire?

In Leviticus 10 we see the narrative of the death of Nadab and Abihu, levitical priests, sons of Aaron who offered “strange fire” or unauthorized fire on the altar and as a result, the LORD consumed them with His fire which came out from before Him {Leviticus 10:1-2}. So why does Moses include this story in the middle of the Levitical holiness code? Why does Moses place it here in the book of Leviticus when he could have placed it anywhere as he compiled this book? I would suggest that it is because this story, which follows chapters 8-9, which details the consecration of Aaron and his sons as priests, was put here because Moses wanted to give them a reminder as to how serious their duty was. And how HOLY the LORD that they were serving is. God alone is the sovereign One and He alone determines how things must be carried out in this life. Let these words remind us anew that He is the Holy One of Israel and He alone has given us His Word to guide us. We must be obedient. And we can only be obedient by His grace.

God Wanted To Kill Moses?

That’s what the text says! Exodus 4:24 says, “At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and wanted to put him to death.” This occurs after the LORD appears to Moses in the burning bush {ch.3} and gives him miraculous signs to demonstrate his commission by the LORD to lead the people out of Egypt {ch.4}. So why did God seek to kill Moses right after his commission to be the leader of the Isrealites out of Egypt? There are several views out there, but I will give you my thoughts. It appears that the LORD was going to kill Moses because, as a representative son of Abraham, he had not circumcised his own son as commanded by God to Abraham in Genesis 17. How could the man who was going to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and command them to fulfill the covenant of circumcision, with circumcision to be required for the Passover celebration {Exodus 12}, not circumcise his own son? For this, I believe, God sought to kill Moses. But by God’s grace, Moses’ wife Zipporah cut off the foreskin of their son and helped to spare Moses’ life {4:25}.

Joseph Interrupted

As I have been reading through the OT in large portions, things have begun to stand out to me that I might not have caught had I only read according to our English chapter divisions. I noticed in Genesis 37 that Moses {who I believe to be the narrator of the book} begins telling of the account of Joseph, his betrayal by his brothers and his subsequent journey to Egypt as a slave. What stood out to me was this: why does Moses suddenly stop the flow of the Joseph narrative and interrupt it in chapter 38 with a story of Judah, Tamar, etc? I believe the reason is this: in chapter 38 Moses is showing the sexual corruption of several individuals. The reason he includes this in the middle of the Joseph story is because he wants to highlight the godly chracter of Joseph , who in the next chapter {39} flees from the sexual flirtations of Potiphar’s wife. Moses very cleverly, through the Spirit of God as he writes, includes the dark chapter of 38 with its sexually unrestrained characters in order to highlight and give an example of the godly man Joseph.