Bible Reading Resolution?

By Billy Doolittle

At the beginning of this year, like many other Christian, you resolved to read the entire Bible. According to Business Insider, 80 percent of people fail their new years resolutions by February. I want to challenge you to continue your pursuit to read the entire Bible if you have slumped, but in an order that may be new to you. Now that you fell off your reading rainbow so to speak, consider reading the Bible in its original order. Continue reading “Bible Reading Resolution?”

Craftiness of the Serpent and the Sovereign God: Joseph

By Evan Knies

In the later part of the book of Genesis readers are confronted with the story of Joseph. His jealous brothers sell Joseph into slavery and he is brought to Egypt. Joseph is put in places by God to carry out His Will. Before Joseph was second in command in Egypt, he did not give into temptation by laying with Pharaoh’s wife. Joseph is punished by not giving into sin.

By this action of Joseph being imprisoned, Pharaoh at a later date realizes that there is one who can interpret a dream that he has received. Pharaoh calls Joseph up to interpret a dream and throughout Joseph’s life he has remained faithful. Joseph tells of the famine that is coming and by doing this Egypt is allowed to prepare. God has taken this evil act of his brothers sending him into slavery; the tempting of Pharaoh’s wife and God is bringing all of this about for His glory. Joseph’s struggle brought life to his family and to Egypt. He saves the entire kingdom. (Victor Hamilton also compares Joseph and his brother’s evil intentions to those who conspired against Noah).[1]

When Joseph is sees his brothers again after all that has taken place, Joseph is able to say that God had brought this about. His brothers meant evil and harm against him, but God used it to save them (Genesis 50:19). Joseph uses the verb “sent” to show that it was God who brought him to Egypt, not his brothers.[3] Even though Joseph’s own flesh and blood are the ones who sold him into slavery, God providentially brought about their evil deed against Joseph to save the kingdom. The Lord placed Joseph as a leader in Egypt to keep a remnant that would continue to exist and Scripture bears this out in Exodus 1.

[1] Hamilton, Genesis, 706.

[2] Hamilton, Genesis, 577.

 

Craftiness of the Serpent and the Sovereign God: David

By Evan Knies

In 2 Samuel, David becomes King of Israel and the Lord makes a covenant with David. In Chapter 11, David sinned against God and against one of his servants (Uriah) by laying with his wife. Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, becomes pregnant with David’s child. David calls Uriah home, asked him how the war was going, but wanted him to lay with his wife so that Uriah would think the child is his.

This action did not go how David planned and Uriah did not go down to his house. Uriah was concerned about his men in battle. David put Uriah at the front of the line in battle and Uriah died. David sins against Bathsheba in lying with her, Uriah by taking his wife and killing him. David sinned against God because he abandoned the covenant.

King David committed these acts and they did not go unpunished. David’s first child with Bathsheba dies. However, they have a second child named Solomon. Solomon will follow David in his footsteps and be the King of Israel. But more importantly, a King that does not fail his people will come from the line of Solomon. The gospel of Matthew mentions David’s sin by describing Bathsheba as the wife of Uriah (Matthew 1:6). In Christ, the true king has come and redeems a people for his namesake.

Craftiness of the Serpent and the Sovereign God: Acts 2

By Evan Knies

In Acts 2:23 Peter is preaching his sermon at Pentecost. He attributes the death of Christ to the hands of lawless men and the definite plan/foreknowledge of God. God is the cause of the cross. From the foundations of the world, it was planned that the Son would be crushed. When Adam rebelled, God gave Christ.[1] It was the will of the Father to crush His Son (Isaiah 53:10). God does not will sin, but it is subject to his rule.[2] The Cross of Christ was for the Father’s glory and our good. Since God is King of all, knowing all, He knew that man would rebel from the beginning of time. He had one plan in place and the Son carried it out. These evil acts are under God’s plan and God has brought good out of this horrible situation at the Cross.[3] These lawless men are responsible for their evil deeds, but God used wicked men to bring about the work of redemption by His Son.

[1] Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, n.d., 3:65.

[2] Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, n.d., 2:241.

[3] Feinberg, No One Like Him, 518.

The Godhead at Golgotha: The Cross in Trinitarian Perspective

By: Cade Campbell

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Introduction and Thesis: The Supreme Mystery

            J.I. Packer writes that the gospel, and particularly the gospel’s central event, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, is the greatest mystery in the entire world. It is, he says, “a reality distinct from us that in our very apprehending of it remains unfathomable to us…which we therefore describe as incomprehensible.”[1] That statement seems correct, and yet it forces one to ask a very basic question: Why is the crucifixion of Christ the greatest mystery in all the world? Surely it is not because the act of crucifixion itself is outside the sphere of human knowledge. The mechanics of Roman crucifixion are fairly well known.[2] How a tortured man expires after being nailed to a stake is within the grasp of human knowledge. How then can Packer’s assertion be granted any merit? Continue reading “The Godhead at Golgotha: The Cross in Trinitarian Perspective”