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Lent 2017

Ephesians 1:9-23

I. In all his wisdom and insight God did what he had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan he had already decided to complete by means of Christ. This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with…

Romans 3:25; cf. Hebrews 9:5

I. Romans 3:25 God publicly displayed him [Jesus] at his death as the mercy seat (kapporet, hiasterion) accessible through faith (NET Bible) 1. The word kapporet appears first in Exodus 25:17, where it refers to a piece of furniture: it is translated as “seat of propitiation,” “seat of atonement,” and “mercy seat” (here on, we…

Zechariah 9:9-10; Mark 11:1-11

I. Some symbolic markers to understand the passage 1. In the previous passage (Mark 10:46-52), Jesus was addressed “Son of David”—a messianic title from 2 Samuel 7:12-13 2. Mount of Olives: Zechariah 14:3-4 Messianic King will begin His rule from here 3. Jesus riding a donkey (a) 1 Kings 1:33 Solomon sat on David’s mule…

Mark 11:12-21

I. Observation 1. The passage is constructed with a device called “intercalation”: 15-19 is the primary focus and 12-14 and 20-21 are two sides of the sandwich (talk about vv. 22-25) 2. During the Passover season (mid April) in Palestine, fig trees produce edible buds followed by the appearance of large green leaves signifying the…

Isaiah 53:1-20; Romans 3:21-26

I. The “we” section (vv. 1-3): Who do “we” refer to? 1. The testimony of those who have clarity about the identity of the Servant 2. The Suffering Servant would have (messianic) an obscure, insignificant birth and upbringing (vv. 1-3) (a) Dry ground—lowly background of His parents compared to the luxury of the royals (b)…

Isaiah 42:1-4; Matthew 11:28-30

1. The LORD wanted to accomplish His purpose (Isaiah 40-41) through His Servant (a) The LORD has a special relationship with the Servant (verse 1) (a1) Uphold (a2) Chosen (a3) Delight (a4) Empowered by the Spirit (b) The Servant is not identified in the passage with a name, but it refers to a person who…

Matthew 18:21-35; Colossians 3:13

Scene #1: God the King-Judge and human being the helpless debtor (verses 23-24) 1. Jesus teaches how God forgave the believers from their humanly-unpayable debts (18:21-27) (a) Human being deserved to be punished eternally because their debts were humanly unpayable (ten thousand talents) (verse 25) (a1) He had broken the trust of his Master by…

Isaiah 1:10-20; Revelation 3:14-22

1. The people of Judah were religious (a) Multitudes of sacrifices (verse 11) (b) Burnt offerings (verse 11) (c) Blood of bulls, lambs, and goats (verse 11) (d) Incense (verse 13) (e) Celebrations of New Moons, Sabbaths, and convocations (verse 13) (f) Assemblies (verse 13) 2. The LORD’s response (a) Hatred (verse 14) (b) Burdensome…