God used this Miracle as the Impetus for Action on the Jews' Murder Plot (V46-54)
a. The Unbelieving Informers V46
b. The Council and their Predicament V47-48
c. The Ironic Prophecy of Caiaphas V49-52
d. The Council's Decision V53
e. Jesus' Departure V54
The Sovereign God can use the sleepless nights of a king, the evil intentions of a corrupt government official, and the self-promoting advice of a wife, to accomplish his holy purposes and prove that, "When the world tells you 'God is NOwhere', we must remember the truth that God is NOWhere and Jesus has WON!
God writes the script of human history. And he is in back of every event - even when people don't realize it, or recognize Him. You' learn in this message how Queen Vashti's saying "No!" to King Abasuerus starts a chain reaction without which we would have no hope in the world. Learn how counterfeit sovereigns cannot do what only the true Sovereign King Jesus can do.
Jesus on Trial: He Deserves Death
Scripture: Matthew 26:57-68
Theme: The High Priest, Caiaphas, and the Jewish leaders tried and condemned Jesus with scornful abuse.
Slandered by False Witnesses
Accused by the High Priest
Condemned to Die by the Jewish Leaders
It appears that Paul manifests his contempt for the Judaizers and their wicked doctrine. Paul's insinuation is that the Judaizers that desire so much to enforce circumcision would not only be circumcised but that they would "cut off" the entire member of their private part. Some think it is not right for a Christian to curse others as Paul did the Judaizers. While one must be careful not to be driven by the flesh, it is scriptural to curse the wicked.
Luke's record of Paul's defense before Romans and Jews—common men and powerful rulers—is building to a crescendo in these chapters. Paul is ever-more like his Master.
His defense is multifaceted. His tactics subtle and wise. His truth is unchanged from the first day he received Christ, but he has learned what it means to suffer, and he has yet more education to receive.
23:11 is the key to this entire passage, and explains why it is Paul must suffer as he does. Why would God require this of Paul? Why might he require suffering and persecution from us?
In our study, James urges the brethren he originally addressed (and all believers who read the inspired words of his epistle) to face temptations (trials) with joy and let God use such things to grow our patience and mature us in the faith.
Now we come to the part of the narrative in Esther where the king cannot sleep, the night before the second banquet that Esther had proposed. So he orders the record-book of the kingdom to be brought and read in his presence, in which he discovers that Mordecai had never been honored for exposing the assassination plot against him. In the midst of all this, Haman walks in and is asked how the king should honor a man who is in his favor; and, to his shock, he is tasked with the duty of publicly honoring Mordecai. Then Haman goes home in shame, where his wife and friends predict his doom and tell him that he is already done for.
God's Providence often does not work in the way that we would expect it to. Usually He does not work in miracles; but very frequently, He uses common and ordinary things to bring about extraordinary results -- just as He was doing here, behind the scenes, in the narrative of Esther. Throughout the different twists and turns that we experience in life, we may rest assured that He has orchestrated them in such a way that they are indeed bringing us closer to Christ and heaven. He is sovereign, and He is in total control of all things; and He will not allow anything in the mountains, valleys, and deserts of life to separate us from Him, His love, and our heavenly home!
Household of Faith in Christ is on the road for this gathering.
This message on 2 John is part two of a message called "Rent or the Option to Own". It's about living in a loving and true community.
Finding the Gospel message in the Broadway musical "Rent".
This is a Household of Faith in Christ sermon and discussion focused on 2 John 12-13. It's about the true authentic community found only in what has been established by Jesus. This is part one of a two part message.
Be part of the discussion. Your comments are welcome.
Life is full of irony. The wise man, insane man, and foolish person each share the same earthly event - death. While the main event of death is important and even though we celebrate birthdays, the time in between is vital! The dash between your birthday and deathday is the time God gives you on earth. If we all die, what difference does it make? The difference in the dash - is the LORD!