This is a hard passage that is immensely complex. How you interpret this passage will largely affect how you approach eschatology. We need to ensure that as we endeavor to understand this passage, we are letting the Scriptures themselves speak, and not just our preferred school of thought. We are called to be Christians, not end-times zealots.
Jesus has packed this chapter with exhortations to "Watch out!" and "Take heed!" Deceivers have come throughout church history and they will continue to come. They prey upon gullible people who don't listen to Christ's words.
Jesus reminds us to not be troubled. He wants us to make sure our homes and families are ready for His return. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus Christ so that we are not deceived and robbed of our peace with Him!
In Psalm 34, our good God gave us four steps to cope with a crisis.
Step 1. Decide to praise God throughout the crisis. (v.1-3)
Step 2. Learn about God early in the crisis. (v.4-7)
Step 3. Teach others in the middle of the crisis. (v.8-9)
Step 4. Hide from the crisis in The LORD, follow His way, and wait it out. (v.10-22)
What do most people typically do in a crisis?
When tempted to call on others to see how great our suffering is, how can we learn to instead show them how great our God is? 1 Samuel chapters 17 and 21
If we give up hope, what, specifically, have we forgotten? Exodus 34:6-7
When trouble breaks our hearts, do we experience a closeness of God, or do we demand removal of the crisis? 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
If I had no other reason to be thankful to God, I still have the responsibility to obey His decree to give thanks. But why do we as believers so often fail in this regard? It is bitterness that keeps us from thankfulness, and if not dealt with will lead to a life of brutishness.
It's Part of the Plan
When the problem is part of the plan.
When the problem, that's part of God's plan, positions you for the plan and a readiness to see what God is doing through the trouble.
Exodus 5-6; Psalm 105
Summary bullet points from the transcription of the message.
• Exodus 6:20-7:7 with Pastor Nick and Shannon Ryals.
◦ Amram took his father's sister, Kohath's sister, as wife and had Aaron, Moses, and Miriam.
• God's plan and hardening Pharaoh's heart.
◦ God chooses Moses and Aaron to deliver His people, despite their human limitations.
◦ Pastor Nick explains that Pharaoh's hardening of heart is part of God's plan, leading to increased mistreatment of the Israelites.
◦ The Israelites cry to Pharaoh, asking why they are being treated this way, but Pharaoh blames them for not meeting his demands.
◦ Pastor Nick explains that people's anguish and hardship can prevent them from hearing God's voice, even when He is speaking to them through difficult circumstances.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes that problems in life can be part of God's plan and solution and that we must keep our eyes on Him to receive His guidance and transformation.
• God's plan and deliverance in Exodus 5-6.
◦ Pharaoh's overseers increased the workload of the Israelites, causing them to blame Moses and Aaron for their troubles.
◦ Moses questions God's plan, feeling frustrated with the lack of deliverance for the people despite his efforts to speak on their behalf.
◦ God tells Moses that He will show Himself strong on behalf of the Israelites, driving Pharaoh and his army out of Egypt (verse 2).
◦ God reminds Moses that He is the Lord, and Moses must use this name to confront Pharaoh (
What are we to see in creation and providence? Psalm 104:27–30 prepares us for the opening portion of public worship on the Lord's Day. In these four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that a believer obtains much joy and hope by recognizing that providence is carried out personally and powerfully by the Lord Himself.
Job 23:8-14 " Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him."
Do you know God's voice? Many people are trying to pull us in different directions, away from the one true voice. All creation recognizes the voice of the savior. We must 'be still, and know that I am God' if we are to hear. Then, we must follow the voice of God at all times.
During hardships, we are lovingly led by our faithful God to a breakthrough of finding hope again.
Hardships feel dark, overwhelming, and hopeless! (v.1-18)
Breakthrough to hope:
a) we appeal to God to see our hardships
b) we call to mind the truth about God,
c) we re-interpret our hardships, daring to hope again. (v.19-21)
Re-interpretation: The LORD is all we need for hope and comfort during our hardships. (v. 22-24)
Where do you reach for hope and a reason to go on?
Who is on our side when we have sinned? 1 John 2:1
How does this remind you of Christ's sufferings? Is. 53, Ps.22
Why should we not be anxious during difficulties? Rom. 8:28
Today we're taking a closer look at the twelfth chapter of the Book of Daniel.
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