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Establish the need: Is this Psalm Messianic? Many Bible scholars seems to think it is not, but what about you?

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. Psalm 45 is Messianic because the New Testament uses it that way
  2. Psalm 45 is Messianic because of context of Book 2 of the Psalms
  3. Psalm 45 is Messianic because of details within Psalm 45

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This will be a busy weekend of ministry for me (youth group on Saturday morning, Berkhof sytematic theology in the evening, still prepping for Sunday sermon and also servant meeting at church for Sunday).

Here’s a quick devotional from my family Bible study lesson this week from the book of Exodus.  I think the Old Testament has so much amazing truth from God, Christians shouldn’t just only read the New Testament!

Let’s look at Exodus 35:4-29:

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Establish the need: Is this Psalm Messianic? Many Bible scholars seems to think it is not, but what about you?

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. Psalm 40 is Messianic because the New Testament uses it that way
  2. Psalm 40 is Messianic because of context of Book 1 of the Psalms
  3. Psalm 40 is Messianic because of details within Psalm 40

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While teaching my kids yesterday a biblical truth leaped at me.  A truth that I known before but for some reason it deepen my love for Christ yesterday.

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messianic_psalm

Establish the need: Is this Psalm Messianic? Many Bible scholars seems to think it is not, but what about you?

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. Psalm 16 is Messianic because the New Testament use that way
  2. Psalm 16 is Messianic because of context of Book 1 of the Psalms
  3. Psalm 16 is Messianic because of details within Psalm 16

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I am about to preach for a parenting conference in less than an hour.  It will be several sessions and I’m excited.
It got me thinking about my teaching ministry this week and an observation with the Word of God.

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Point: Everyone has a worldview.  Different worldviews also understand differently what’s  man’s biggest problem.  Of course what is seen as the greatest problem will shape what one thinks should be the solution (if any).  I think a helpful evangelistic and apologetics discussion question is “What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today?” and chances are someone would identify what’s a legitimate problem (though not always); yet what they think is a dire problem might not be the biggest problem from God’s perspective.  

How can we transition that point to sharing the Biblical worldview and also give an analogy for the nonbelievers to “step into the biblical worldview” and have the point driven home?

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Establish the need: Is this Psalm Messianic? Many Bible scholars seems to think it is not, but what about you?

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. The New Testament interprets Psalms 2 is Messianic
  2. Psalm 8:5 hints at the Incarnation
  3. Psalm 8:6-8 anticipate the rule of the Messiah

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I noticed something over the years: The More I know about the Bible, the more questions I ask when I read the Bible.
I don’t mean questioning the Bible (as in I doubt the veracity of the Word of God).

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Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. The relationship of Psalm 3 with Psalms 1-2 indicate it is Messianic
  2. The subscript of Psalm 3 indicate not every son of David is the Messiah
  3. Psalm 3:5 predict the Death and Resurrection of the Messianic Son

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On January 1st, 2023 (two days ago) we hit a blog milestone:  The blog now have had 2.2 million views!

Our blog focuses a lot on the Bible, the Christian worldview, theology and apologetics.  We also write on practical matters such as Christian living, devotionals and the church.  Then there’s book reviews on the above subjects in addition to reviews of books on history, books for kids…and comics!

Below is our top posts written in 2022.  Which ones of them did you read?

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I try not to talk about my personal life on my blog but I thought I post this as a thank you and also spiritual encouragement.

A little over a year ago when the United States was going through its chaotic departure from Afghanistan I wrote a post “A Son of A Refugee’s Gratitude for Christians in America’s Mid-West.”  Some of the regular readers here have even commented and said this was one of the best post on our blog.  I talked about my mom’s refugee story from the Vietnam war, the love of Christ shown to my mom’s family from a Mid-West church who sponsored them and also prayers for salvation that might seem to go unanswered but sometimes answered in ways we don’t expect, with the next generation, and prayers answered after we have gone home to be with the Lord. 

I appreciate some commented and also said they will pray for mom’s salvation.

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Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character that points to Jesus.

  1. The Details within Psalm 2 Is Messianic
  2. The Torah-Messiah structure in the Psalms suggests Psalm 2 is Messianic
  3. The New Testament interprets Psalms 2 is Messianic

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Matthew 2:16 states:

Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent men and killed all the boys who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity [a]who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.

The Skeptic Annotated Bible thinks there’s problems with this verse.  In their own words:

Herod kills all boys in and around Bethlehem that are two years old and under. Such a massacre would certainly have been noted by contemporary historians. Yet not even Josephus, who documented Herod’s life in detail, mentioned this event

Here’s my response:

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David Schreiner 1 and 2 Kings commentary

David Schreiner. 1 & 2 Kings: A Commentary for Biblical Preaching and Teaching.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, August 16th 2022. 320 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase:  Amazon

Is there a part of the Bible you wished you had a better grasp on?  The last few years I realized I need to give better study to 1-2 Kings and I imagine many Christians might feel the same way about this part of the Bible.  Fortunately there’s a resource that can help Christians go through 1-2 Kings and filled with insights and observation from the biblical text itself while also giving the occasional background information and original language observation.  This commentary not only has exegetical observations but also sections that are geared towards preaching and teaching.  This dual feature is the key characteristic of this Bible commentary series called “Kerux Commentaries” which is published by Kregel Publications.  The book actually has two authors, with the exegetical portions by Old Testament professor David Schreiner and the homiletical portion by a pastor name Lee Compson. 

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