Bowing down, kneeling, and falling down before an idol are variations of the same thing: idolatry. They can do all kinds of spin, hocus-pocus, and gymnastics to distinguish “veneration” from “worship,” but this is idolatry, plain and simple.
A husband promises to love and to cherish his wife, but would he keep this promise if his wife was unfaithful? Not so with Christ, who, like Hosea, kept his promise, even to an adulterous Bride: he “loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
Therefore, whether it be God or a creature that is imaged, the moment you fall prostrate before it in veneration, you are so far fascinated by superstition. For this reason, the Lord not only forbade the erection of statues to himself, but also the consecration of titles and stones which might be set up for adoration.
Jesus told the Pharisees that God will evict the Jews, the old tenants, and bring in new tenants into the vineyard. The Jews perceived what Jesus meant: God will take the kingdom away from the Jews as his chosen people, and his new kingdom will now be expanded to include the Gentile nations.
New and improved versus old, obsolete and traditional. Our culture idolizes whatever is new. A couple of years after buying a car, a computer, or an iPhone, we regret having bought them then and not today. Sometimes we don’t even
Johnâ€™s ministry of preparing Israel for the coming Messiah consisted of preaching and baptizing. He preached a gospel of repentance, â€œRepent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!â€
If everyone believes in predestination, why do we say Reformed Christians believe differently from others? The answer is this: Reformed Christians believe that God predestines. The non-Reformed believe that man predestines himself.
Psalm 40:6-8; Text: Matthew 5:17-20 August 22, 2010 Introduction Chapters 5-7 of the Gospel of Matthew is commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount because it was preached by Christ â€œup on the mountainâ€ to his disciples. In these
God instructed Moses to go to a mountain where he will show him the extent and the beauty of the Promised Land he is giving to Israel before he died. But beyond this disappointment, God also assured Moses that Israel, after he died, will be ably led by Joshua, a Spirit-filled man, in their conquest of the Promised Land.
How shall we escape from these curses and receive God’s blessings when we can never perfectly obey God’s law? We are to march from the Ebal, the Mount of Cursing to Gerizim, the Mount of Blessing, through the perfect obedience of another Man.
Ezekiel 38-39 is a prophecy of the Assyrian invasion of Israel in the 8th century B. C., and this invasion is typological–a foreshadow–of the great persecution of Christians by unbelievers throughout this present age until Christ returns.
It seems that evangelicals with normal attention spans only come down with ADHD as soon as they hear the Word of God read or preached.