Contributed on Nov 2, 2009
God loves to exalt the humble and humble the exalted; He loves to be gracious to the undeserving, but has little room for the arrogant.
A God Who Exalts the Humble -- By Grace (Deut. 8:1-3; 9:4-7 and Luke 14:7-24) 1. I was watching "Chopped" on Food Network. It was down to two chefs. Chef A had prepared the best appetizer and entrée. Now it was time for dessert -- his dish did not get plated quite on time. 2. One of the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2009
When we more deeply understand the phrases that guide our lifestyle, we can become godlier followers of Jesus Christ.
Deuteronomy: Foundation for The Sermon on the Mount (Deut. 15:7-11; Matt. 5:42; Deut. 18:13; Matt. 5:48, Deut. 4:5-8; Matt. 5:14-16) 1. In the trenches of life when decisions need to be made quickly, we often depend upon short principles that offer us immediate direction and give us spiritual ...read more
Contributed on Nov 16, 2009
Jesus takes what were familiar passages to the Jewish people -- but obscure passages to us -- and makes them easily accessible so we can put them to work in our lives.
Midrashim on the Mount (Deut. 4:5-8 with Matt. 5:14-16; Deut. 24:1-4 with Matt. 5:31-32; Deut. 23:21-23 with Matt. 5:33-37) 1. Sometimes you have to move fast: Unexpected guests were on the way, and my mother, an impeccable housekeeper, rushed around straightening up. She put my father and ...read more
Contributed on Nov 30, 2009
Jesus took passages from Leviticus, taught them, and repackaged them so that His disciples can live out the principles behind them.
Midrashim Leviticus on the Mount (Leviticus 19:17-18 with Matthew 5:21-24; Leviticus 19:15-16 with Matthew 7:1-5; Deuteronomy 19:15 with Mathew 18:15-17) 1. We have an expression for conniving, called "fudging." Webster defines fudging as, "… to exceed the proper bounds or limits of ...read more
Contributed on Nov 30, 2009
Since the Messiah is God’s anointed messenger, embracing contrary religious beliefs after professing faith in Him is inexcusable.
More Gospel Connections to Deuteronomy (Deuteronomy 18:15-19 with John 10:1-30, selected; Deut. 29:18-21 with Matthew 12:25-32) 1. When I first began dating Marylu, she was a waitress. 2. Fortunately, I was brought up with good etiquette, & knew to tip 15% for good service. 3. Now the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 28, 2009
When we understand how Jesus’ teaching on faith is connected to the Old Testament texts from which they originate, we can set aside wrong thinking and embrace fuller, more accurate perspectives.
Faith Midrash (Deuteronomy 7:17-23 with John 14:11-13 and Matthew 17:20, 21:21) 1. The Volcano in the Philippines was big news this past week. 2. According to the Associated Press, "Philippine troops went house to house Thursday threatening to use force to move hundreds of residents from the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 4, 2010
The Two Great Commandments -- loving God and loving others -- cannot be separated. Yet they can be contemplated because they are aimed in two directions.
Loving God and Others Midrashim (Deuteronomy 7:6-11 with John 3:16, 5:20-24, 14:21; Deuteronomy 10:18-19, Leviticus 19:18 with Luke 6:31, 10:25-37) 1. The World is changing. It used to be that the world’s tallest buildings were all in the U.S.; but not for quite some time. 2. DUBAI (AFP) – ...read more