What is the first distinction between the people of the Lord and the people of the world? Leviticus 18 prepares us for the evening sermon on the Lord's Day. In these thirty verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that one great difference between the people of the Lord and the people of the world is that the Lord's people are committed to purity in nakedness and marriage.
Verse by verse exposition of the book of 2 Kings. 2 Kgs 9:30 Now when Jehu had come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she put paint on her eyes and adorned her head, and looked through a window. 31 Then, as Jehu entered at the gate, she said, "Is it peace, Zimri, murderer of your master?" 32 And he looked up at the window, and said, "Who is on my side? Who?" So two or three eunuchs looked out at him. 33 Then he said, "Throw her down." So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses; and he trampled her underfoot. 34 And when he had gone in, he ate and drank. Then he said, "Go now, see to this accursed woman, and bury her, for she was a king's daughter." 35 So they went to bury her, but they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. 36 Therefore they came back and told him. And he said, "This is the word of the Lord, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 'On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel; 37 and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as refuse on the surface of the field, in the plot at Jezreel, so that they shall not say, "Here lies Jezebel." 2 kgs 10:1 Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote and sent letters to Samaria, to the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to those who reared Ahab's sons, saying: 2 Now as soon as this letter comes to you, since your master's sons are with you, and you have chariots and horses, a fortified city also, and weapons, 3 choose the best qualified of your master's sons, set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house. 4 But they were exceedingly afraid..."
Idolatry -- the worship of anything other than our Creator -- is humanity's greatest crime.
The ungodly will do anything to not think about God and righteousness, but they can't get away from it because He has left witness of Himself everywhere.
Creation itself points to God, His authority, and His nature
People cannot escape the fact that they have a Creator so they are without excuse
The ungodly know there is a God, but refuse to honor Him or give Him thanks
God is Creator God, and we must thank Him for that
A lack of thankfulness is an expression of idolatry
We're not happy with our status as image-bearing creatures -- we want more; we covet (Col. 3:5)
When I am unthankful, I'm saying I'm more important than God
The four living creatures in Revelation 4, for all their fearsomeness, know better than to look on God -- they're mere creatures
They give God glory, honor, and THANKS
The 24 elders cast their crowns before God
They're acknowledging all authority derives from God, their Creator
Everything that has life was created by and for God
The creatures and elders thank God for who He is and their existence
Thankfulness = worldview and leads to worship
We've been created by an all-holy Creator who made provision for our salvation and who sustains us
Thankfulness is wise; idolatry is stupid, useless, and foolish
~ What in our life keeps us from being thankful or leads us to doubt God?
~ Are we thankful He is sovereign, even over the difficult aspects of our life?
~ Are we thankful that, though we broke the relationship, God sent His Son to make a way to reenter relationship with Him?
This sermon was delivered on November 26, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Mr. Alexander Dwyer delivered this sermon entitled "By Faith, Abraham" on Genesis 12:1-9. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
Jesus in His Beatitudes; points to TRUE Thankfulness, which is Spiritual! The thankfulness, so obvious and dominate in this generation, is the counterfeit thankfulness, of this perishing earth. It is dominated by, worldliness, commercialization, covetness, materialism, devilishness, focused on the Physical!
Verse by verse exposition of the book of 2 Kings. PM sermons are preceded by a Confessional, Catechism, or Historic Creed lesson. (Usually 5 minutes or so) Heidelberg Catechism: Q 123 What does the second petition mean? A. "Your kingdom come" means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way that more and more we submit to you. Preserve your church and make it grow. Destroy the devil's work; destroy every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your holy Word. Do this until your kingdom fully comes, when you will be all in all. WSC: Q102 What do we pray for in the second petition? A. In the second petition, which is, Thy kingdom come, we pray, that Satan's kingdom may be destroyed; and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it; and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened
Even the best leaders, apart from Jesus, are imperfect. Take Jehoshaphat - he was an incredibly good king but he kept going back to associate himself with the wicked house of Ahab. The consequences of this and the arranged marriage for his son Jehoram contributed to the disastrous reign of his son and grandson. Despite all this, however, God's covenant remained intact.
Theme: The LORD God placed his hand on Ezekiel the Prophet bringing him visions of idolatrous abominations in Jerusalem.
The Vision of the Gleaming God
The Vision of Jerusalem's Abominations
God's Serious Response
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for November 16, 2023. Today we continue our study in the Book of Acts in chapter 17 with Paul addressing the Areopagus. In addition, we also will spend a little time in Romans 1 to see what in the world is going on. Thanks for joining us!
Chapter 2. True, biblical meditation contrasted from unbiblical forms of meditation. Proper meditation is to dwell upon that which comes from God in His Word—not to dwell upon that which comes from or appeals to our own hearts, and certainly not to dwell upon nothing at all lest our minds become easy prey.