The Confinement of Judah Daniel 1:1-2 We live in a time of rank immorality, wickedness, injustice, oppression, and greed, a time when few individuals step forth to take a stand for justice and righteousness. Daniel was born into such an environment, an age of terrible immorality, lawlessness, and violence when there was little justice or righteousness on earth. Yet he rose above it all. Despite the temptations and the enticements of a vastly different culture, Daniel stood strong for the LORD, even in the face of death. Daniel opens with the dramatic scene of war, with King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon besieging Jerusalem and taking her people captive. It was in this war that Daniel was taken captive and deported to Babylon where he would be educated. In just a few verses, Scripture shows how Daniel was deported to Babylon and immediately tempted to compromise his loyalty to the LORD and the promised land. The LORD warned the people that His mercy could not continue forever, that a day would come when justice would have to be executed. Still, the people continued to shut their ears to the prophets. They never genuinely repented nor did they ever truly live for the LORD. As a result, a day came when the people were beyond repentance, no matter how much compassion the LORD showed nor how many appeals He made to them. Consequently, justice had to be executed. The Wrongs had to be dealt with. The time for judgment to fall had arrived.
This sermon was preached on December 3, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. preached this sermon entitled "The Condemnation of Idolatry" on Job 31:23-28. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
Providence is defined in the Bible-based
Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 27 and 28.
27: "What do you understand by the providence
28: "What does it profit us to know that God created
and by His providence upholds all things?"
The answers, as Kevin Pulliam reads and expounds,
show our need to trust and rest in what God brings
In Isaiah 56:1–8, we are shown 4 characteristics of Yahweh's covenant community.
I. Yahweh's covenant community is evidenced by obeying Yahweh's commands.
A. Keep justice (v. 1a).
B. Do righteousness (v. 1b).
Why? Salvation is coming (v. 1c, d).
C. Keep the Sabbath (v. 2c).
D. Do no evil (v. 2d).
Why? You will be blessed (v. 2a, b).
II. Yahweh's covenant community is expanded by Yahweh's inclusiveness: outcasts
are now welcomed.
A. The foreigner is welcome (v. 3a, b).
B. The eunuch is welcome (v. 3b, c).
III. Yahweh's community is given Yahweh's blessings for covenant obedience.
A. The eunuch who holds fast to the covenant will be blessed with the family's
name (v. 4–5).
B. The foreigner who holds fast to the covenant will be blessed with the
family's worship (vs. 6–7)
IV. Yahweh's community is built by Yahweh's faithfulness to his promises.
A. I gathered the outcasts of Israel (v. 8a, b) …
B. And I will gather others as well (v. 8c, d).
Those who continue in rebellious unbelief against Christ and His Kingdom will be punished in hell forever and receive it directly from God Himself. God Himself is Present in Hell Punishing Unbelievers.
In Judges 15, God uses Samson to act as a judge or redeemer for His people. Mr. Israel Quaresma preaches the revenge of God's deliverer, the deliverer betrayed, and the deliverer's own deliverance.
"The Philistines came shouting to meet him. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that has caught fire, and his bonds melted off his hands."
Cain has tried to offer God a sacrifice that He wants. Abel has obeyed God's desire and offered from his heart. God has respected Abel's offering and rejected Cain's. Join us as we see Cain's further response.
We live in a world where many people are anxious, stressed, exhausted, and hopeless. And it's easy to see why, given the amount of conflict and brokenness we experience in everyday life. But the Advent season reminds us that hope is a person – a Savior who came and will one day come again.
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
Verse by verse exposition through the book of 2 Thessalonians. (Sermon also includes the reading and exhortation from the Lord's Table liturgy) 2 Thes 1:3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4 knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. 5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. 6 And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. 8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.