The trials of your faith should never weaken you, or
drive you away from God, (that is NOT their design),
but they should strengthen you in your faith in Christ
and drive you toward Him with even greater resolve and
Beloved of God, THIS is what every trial and every
overwhelming trouble should do in our lives, this is what
should happen in our souls! By faith, we should be able to
personally recite David's words as if they were our own!
Noah's sin is recorded, not only to show us the weakness of our flesh and need for salvation by the grace of God. It is recorded to show us the two religions in the world. The religion of the flesh, revealed in Ham. And the religion of faith, revealed in Shem and Japheth. The curse is upon all whose way of righteousness is of the flesh. The blessing of Christ is upon all whose way of righteousness is through the grace of God in Christ. That is what the Spirit is declaring to us in this passage.
In our study, Peter is preaching on the first Feast of Pentecost following the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Messiah of Israel and confronts them with the need to repent. We compare his message at the beginning of the transition from Mosaic Law to the Gospel of Grace.
Also Reference: Galatians 1:6-9, Titus 3:5, Acts 2:5, 10, 14, 22, 36 & 39, 1 Corinthians 16:3, Romans 15:25-26, Matthew 16:15-19 and 1 Corinthians 3:6-11
Midweek 7/12/23 Full Service
Hymn #272 'The Solid Rock'
Scripture Commentary Ezekiel 28:1-15
Hymn #277 'O Thou, In Whose Presence'
'Miracle of the Cursed Fig Tree' Matthew 21:18-22
Hymn #485 'Revive Us Again'
Earth and man are so closely tied together that what effects man effects the earth and what effects earth effects man. When man disobeyed God's law and sinned, he not only brought the curse of sin upon the human race (Man), but upon the earth as well. The welfare of the ground is directly tied to the welfare of mankind. Both need Redeeming and that redemption was bought at Calvery and will soon come to fruition.
This is the second lesson on Holy Week. In this episode, we continue with Jesus as he approaches a seemingly fruitful fig tree only to discover, strangely, there was no fruit. He then curses that tree. The fig tree was symbolic of Israel (Hosea 9:10; Zechariah 3:10); in this case, Israel's fruitless religious structure.
The main false doctrine we will be dealing with in this message is about generational curses. Specifically, the teaching that generational curses affect Christians after salvation unless they do very specific prayers of renunciation to break the curses.
We will also go over the topics of cursed objects and curses against Christians by witches.
Adam and Eve sinned differently and received different curses. Adam passed along his curses to men and Eve passed along her curses to women. We shall take a look at the roles of men and women before and after the fall, and in heaven. This is part 1 in the Family & Gender series.