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Andy Hubert
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Love means building others. Building others requires understanding, intentionality and orderliness.
1 Corinthians 14
Words are cheap. Finding someone who faithfully lives out his words is something else altogether!
Proverbs 20
Which part of a conversation do you most enjoy———the part where you listen and learn, or the part where you say what you think?
Proverbs 18:2
If you ever don't know what to do, James makes it simple...pray!
James 5:13-18
The whole world is “Live. Die. Repeat.”
Ecclesiastes 1:2-11
“We can never know who God is or even if he exists.” He has told us who he is and you know it is true by the way it pierces your heart.
Romans 10:5-13
Parables of guilt and grace from the story of David, Bathsheba and Uriah.
2 Samuel 11:1-12:25
Can you find the gospel in Genesis 3:20-24?
Genesis 3:20-24
The book of Hebrews speaks of six foundational elements to faith in Christ. Do you know them?
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
A believer knows, receives, follows and trusts Jesus.
Mark 8:27-38
Settle the gospel once and for all, so that you can begin to eternally explore its glory.
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
Why are God's rules not like a prison?
Galatians 3:23-26
Can you teach the foundations of faith in Jesus?
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
If Jesus had not become weak, then while Jesus would himself still be perfect, he would not be the perfect Savior.
Hebrews 4:14-5:10
The one who brings us to the throne of God's grace himself sits on the same throne.
Hebrews 4:14-5:10
We stay Christians when we keep coming to Christ.
Hebrews 4:14-5:10
With God's people / wandering alone / brought back by a brother / saved from Hell
James 5:19-20
If you ever don't know what to do, James makes it simple. But you need to follow the directions!
James 5:13-18
Confidence in the shelter of God's Son is the condition for salvation.
Hebrews 3:1-4:13
How compassionate is God to show us his purposes! We are not at all in the dark as we await the King of Glory.
James 5:7-12
USE your money now for justice and mercy, lest the “security” of your savings become your refuge... and demise.
James 5:1-6
The Bible does not teach us to fast or stay up late for the purpose of seeking a special calling from God.
God's Special Callings
The I AM gives out grace and mercy on the basis of sovereign freedom alone.
Romans 9:14-18
Jesus: the sovereign, victorious Savior-King.
Hebrews 1:1-4
Open your eyes to the broadcast of God's glory in the lives of ALL those around you!
Romans 9:14-18
Why is it that those who believe in predestination and those who believe in future promises for Israel are so often not the same people?
Romans 9
When we unjustly speak against others, we are acting like God. (And that's bad!)
James 4:11-12
Bible stories teach theology.
Romans 9:6-13
God's timing is not only perfect, it is revelatory.
Romans 9:6-13
How does a man/woman of faith responds to apparent contradictions in the Bible?
Romans 9:1-5
Do you know how to biblically recognize privilege in your life?
Romans 9:4-5
“But he gives more grace.” The sweetness of these words is beyond words.
James 4:1-10
Christians are those who love God. Christians are those who love one another. Christians are those who love the lost.
Romans 9:1-3
Fruitfulness lies at the center of what it means to be a Christian.
John 15:1-17
Those with true wisdom don't talk about it; they show it.
James 3:13-18
Would you “waste” your life with me?
Mark 14:3-9
God’s kingdom is a kingdom of righteousness; a reality that remains firm in the New Covenant.
Matthew 5:17-20
The danger in teaching is found in the fact that it employs a powerful area of our lives with which we all struggle.
James 3:1-5
“Whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.”
2 Peter 2:17-22
We are counted righteous by faith-revealing works, since only a faith that works counts for anything.
James 2:14-26
God forbid that the Church draw people the way politicians do.
2 Peter 2:17-22
What does Jesus mean when he says, "your faith has made you well?"
Mark 10:46-52
Jonah did not love mercy though he happily received it. He simply loved himself.
James 2:1-13
What does it actually mean to worship the Lord?
Psalm 130:1-5
Jesus' great disciples are those who are servants of all, because Jesus is the ultimate servant in the gospel.
Mark 10:35-45
"Better is the little that the righteous has"--it is enough to be abundant in generosity.
Psalms 37:25-26
If we gain a view of the day to come, we will lose the turmoil in our hearts today.
Psalms 37:12-13
Believers are living stones; non-believers trip over the keystone.
1 Peter 2:4-8
"The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord."
Psalms 37:39
The Lord declares to his Son, the once-dead-king, "Rise up, O God; judge the earth. For you shall inherit the nations!"
Psalms 82:1-8
We shall have no fear in stumbling if we are holding God's hand.
Psalms 37:23-24
Be dumbfounded for the glory of God!
Romans 8:31-39
Threats may in fact win the day, but not the third.
Romans 8:31-39
Hate everything that revolves around you. Willingly walk the road of suffering. Renounce all that you possess.
Luke 14:25-33
Jesus' disciples hate what revolves around them.
Luke 14:25-33
No one coerced Jesus to bear the cross on our behalf.
Mark 10:17-52
Beware of your tongue.
James 3:5-12
There are only two alternatives—either Jesus is not good because he is not God, or he is good and likewise he is God.
Mark 10:17-22
We were lowly in our sin; he became lowly to wash away that sin. He shall return in glory as our great God; we shall reflect that glory as those belonging to him.
Titus 2:11-15
Do you struggle with fear in evangelism? God's cure will surprise you.
Philippians 1:12-14
What is the purpose of prayer? Why ought we to ask God for things? One answer is that prayer is meant to prove me.
John 15:7-8
Take joy, O kings, in trembling before God by turning to his Son for refuge.
Psalms 2
God's love for us Romans 5:1-5 Justification, peace with God and access to grace come via  fait...
Faith and love because of hope
Arc.
Colossians 1:9-12
Main point summary. Arc.
Colossians 1:3-8
Outline of Colossians I.
Colossians summary
Phrase.
Matthew 13:44
Arc.
Acts 7:2-53
Main point summary. Arc.
Acts 17:22-31
Bracket.
1 Peter 2:1-3
Bracket.
Daniel 4:1-37
Arc.
Daniel 4:1-37
Bracket.
Mark 8:34-38
Arc.
Mark 8:34-38
Arc.
Romans 8:9-11
Arc.
Romans 8:9-11
Wed 9am discussion group.
1 John 4:7-12
Arc.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Arc.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
Arc.
Genesis 3:20-24
Central Idea Be warned that judgment is coming Benjamin (and Judah)! The Lord himself will rot you a...
Torn that You May Seek
Arc.
Hosea 5:8-15
Central Idea O Israel (and Judah), let us turn back to the Lord and seek to know him, for he is fait...
Let Us Return to the Lord!
Arc.
Hosea 6:1-3
Bracket.
John 15:12-17
Main point [Jesus:] Love one another like I have loved you by setting my course to die for you as my...
Love one another like I love
Arc.
John 15:12-17
Bracket.
John 14:25-31
Bracket.
John 14:18-24
Main point Rejoice and believe since I have told you that I am going to the Father and leaving you my peace via the Holy Spirit.
Rejoice and Believe at What I Have Told You
Arc.
John 14:25-31
Main point [Jesus:] I will come to you and this is how--you will see me after death, find new life b...
How Jesus Comes to Us
Arc.
John 14:18-24
Bracket.
John 14:15-17
Bracket.
John 14:12-14
Bracket.
John 14:1-7
Bracket.
John 14:8-11
Arc.
Romans 1:8-17
Main point To those who love me , the Father will give the Spirit, who you know in knowing me.
The Spirit of truth coming...whom you know
Arc.
John 14:15-17
Main point You will do great works via prayer in my name [and so assure you hearts that you know God...
The middle purpose
Arc.
John 14:12-14
Main point Jesus: It is absurd to ask to see God after being with me, since seeing me is seeing the Father.
Dayenu to be with Jesus
Arc.
John 14:8-11
Main point summary. Discourse.
Acts 2:14-41
Bracket.
John 14:1-7
Main point Trust God by trusting me, for I am going to prepare for you to come and you know the way to God because you know me.
Trust God with peace, for you know me
Arc.
John 14:1-7
Diagram.
Colossians 4:2-6
Holy, blameless and above reproach.
Colossians 1:22
Diagram.
Colossians 3:18-4:1
Diagram.
Colossians 3:5-17
Diagram.
Colossians 3:1-4
Diagram.
Colossians 2:16-23
Arc.
Romans 16:25-27
Bracket.
Matthew 5:17-20
Diagram.
Colossians 2:6-15
Diagram.
Colossians 1:24-2:5
Bracket.
Acts 1:1-11
Diagram.
Colossians 1:21-23
Diagram.
Colossians 1:9-20
דיאגרמה.
Colossians 1:3-8
Bracket.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Diagram.
Colossians 1:1-2
Bracket.
John 12:44-50
Bracket.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Diagram.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Diagram.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
Diagram.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Diagram.
2 Timothy 2:7
Diagram.
Romans 8:28
Diagram.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Diagram.
Hebrews 1:1-4
Diagram.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Diagram.
1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Diagram.
1 Peter 1:17-19
Diagram.
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5
Diagram.
Ephesians 3:7-12
Shown to whom? "Everyone" Demonic rulers and authorities, and perhaps angelic rulers as well.
Displaying God's wisdom
Diagram.
Romans 16:25-27
Diagram.
1 Thessalonians 2:9-16
Diagram.
John 1:1
Diagram.
Galatians 5:22-23
Diagram.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Diagram.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
Diagram.
Romans 8:28
Diagram.
1 Thessalonians 1:1
Diagram.
John 14:1
Diagram.
Ephesians 2:4-7
Diagram.
James 1:19-20
Diagram.
John 3:31
Diagram.
1 John 1:9
Diagram.
1 Peter 1:13
מושא משנה.
John 14:26
קולוסים א22.
Colossians 1:22
רומים ה1-2.
Romans 5:1-2
יוחנן א1.
John 1:1
יוחנן ג16.
John 3:16
מפה של רכיבי דיאגרמה.
Genesis 1:1
Diagram.
Romans 1:16-17
Diagram.
1 John 3:1-3
Your Plans and the Will of God Definitions Revealed will of God = What God clearly reveals to us fro...
התוכניות שלך ורצון האלוהים
Creation God works (i.
עבודה - A biblical theology of work
Diagram.
Ephesians 1:15-23
Diagram (with Seth).
Ephesians 1:3-14
Diagram.
Ephesians 1:1-2
Two People That Do Not Exist There is a single, surprisingly simple biblical truth that answers two ...
United to Jesus, let us live to God
Main idea : United with Jesus in death and resurrection, let us present ourselves to God and righteousness.
Romans 6:1-14
Q:  What is the  "hope of glory" ? A: "Messiah in you" according to Col 1:27.
Romans 5:1-11
"because all sinned" (vs 12) - does this mean that all sinned in Adam or that all have sinned indivi...
Romans 5:12-100
Main Idea : Nothing of righteousness was gained by Abraham according to the flesh; therefore, t...
Romans 4:11-12
Exegetical Idea : John calls those born of God to aspire to LOVE -- something motivated and defined ...
1 John 4:7-12
Central Idea Those united to Christ by faith need no longer fear condemnation, because their sin has...
Romans 8:1-8
Central Idea Because of Messiah's shocking love, work-out your salvation in joyful awe.
Philippians 2:12-13
Jesus doesn't "believe in you," but this is good news! Central Idea We do not need Jesus to "believe...
John 2:23-25
Why does the snake receive a specific curse being this book is not for him?! The reason, I think, is...
Genesis 3:14-19
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2 Peter 1:5-11
Vs 17 is the main point.
John 5:1-18
God is righteous!! And his heart and plan overflow to be a righteous, righteous-maker of sinners.
Romans 3:21-26
“Either this book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book.” (John Bunyan)
Psalms 1
For the main points of the narrative, relating them in a Progression seemed to be most helpful.
Luke 2:8-20
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Homework from Jesus
Hosea 6:4-11
“Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'” Have you done your homework?
#Jesus
#sacrifice
#study
Published March 27th, 2017
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Because of your transient “love” and rampant wickedness, my words have destroyed you and laid you bare. For I desire true love and knowledge of me, not ritual appeasement.
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A word on the title: Homework from Jesus. Matt 9:13 records the only biblical account of Jesus assigning homework--so to speak. The occasion is an accusatory question by the Pharisees regarding why Jesus eats with sinners. Jesus' response is to point out that it is the sick, not the healthy, who need a doctor. And then comes the assignment. "Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice'" (quoting from our passage). Lastly he gives an explanatory ground saying that he came for sinners, not the righteous (meaning, I suppose, those who would think themselves righteous). So while we were not the direct audience of Jesus' homework assignment, it seems worthy to me to likewise follow his command to "go and learn." Above all else, I do not want to get the gospel wrong, and that is exactly what is at stake. How do prophets hew and words slay? The word translated "hewn" is used throughout the Old Testament to speak of cutting stone or digging out a cistern. Thus the picture is of God, through the pronouncements of the prophets, coming at the hard-hearted (rock hard) people with an axe. Or similarly in 5b it is the words of God's mouth fashioned as a weapon coming to kill the people in judgment. This is scary. This is the same Speaker whose words have power to create out of nothing (Gen 1). We can see this power as well in the life of Jesus. Whether speaking to a roaring sea or to a legion of demons or to a dead man, Jesus' words are not suggestions. They always perform what they command. His words are power! Thus, it is not without reason that Heb 4:12 and Eph 6:17 liken the word of God to a sharp sword. And this, let us take heart is not any ordinary sword. You would be better off with a thousand swords of men after your life than the words of God coming to slay you! What is God's light-like judgment? John 3:19-21 seems most helpful to me in answering this question. There we read, "This is the judgment..." after which it is explained that Jesus comes into the world as an exposing light, but evil people do not like this because they do not want their evil seen. Similarly in our passage, with the words of God via the prophets, the Lord is sending forth judgments as an exposing light. With every sentence the sin and shame of the people is revealed, and with it the expectation of just punishment. And yet even here there is hidden hope. As we cycle back to the words of John 3, we can recall that "God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." And so we, sinners though we be, can in fact come into the light. Then, when--by grace--we actually do begin to see genuine good come out of our lives, it will be plain to all that God has done it, to our great joy. How do we not condemn the guiltless? So we have come back to the particular homework verse--vs6. Let us make some observations from the context and rest of the Old Testament and then try to piece this together with the words of Jesus. Essentially, there are two things the Lord is declaring that he desires. Love and knowing him--this is what the Lord requires. It is two out of the three items presented in 4:1 as a sort of thesis for this section of the book. (The missing component--faithfulness/truth--appears in vs7 as we read that the people have dealt faithlessly with God.) Another place we read of the Lord's delight is in Jer 9:24. Again we find these components. So what of the things the Lord does not delight in--sacrifices? We read similar sentiments throughout the prophets and psalms (Ps 40:6-8; 51:15-19; Is 1:11-17; Amos 5:21-24; Mic 6:6-8). Is this a contradiction from what we read in the law? Did not God require sacrifices? No, God has never require sacrifices like this . In other words, he has never desired that the people would bring to him animals to slaughter while maintaining unrepentant hearts. Thus, the prophets speak in hyperbole, as Jesus does when he tells us we must hate our family to follow him (Luke 14:26). The point is to get the central piece right and so the non-central expression is greatly belittled. So now we come to Matt 9:10-13 and Matt 12:1-8. We have already described the situation of Matt 9. In Matt 12, Jesus quotes the same words, but in a different context. His disciples have just been criticized by the Pharisees for picking grain to eat on the Sabbath. Jesus defends them by referring to David eating the bread of the Presence, the priests “working” on the Sabbath in the temple, and then the quote from our passage, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” So what is Jesus' interpretation of Hosea 6:6? The Lord is about love and mercy and relationship with him, not about law-keeping as an end of itself. God does not want you to follow his rules for rules sake! He delights to eat with sinners that he intends to save and to walk in fellowship with those who are not posing as self-righteous via heartless law-orientation, but rather looking to the face of their God for cues. God's people will fulfill all the law when we forget about it as an end in and of itself and set all our hearts to love the Lord.
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Hosea 6:4-11
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What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
Ground #1
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Ground #2 (parallelism)
Your love is like a morning cloud,
Ground
like the dew
Explanation (parallelism)
that goes early away.
Therefore
I have hewn them
by the prophets;
Agency
I have slain them
Explanation (parallelism)
by the words
Means
of my mouth,
and my judgment goes forth
as the light.
Comparison #1
For
Ground #3
I desire steadfast love
and not sacrifice,
Negative
the knowledge
(parallelism)
of God
rather than burnt offerings.
But ... they transgressed the covenant;
Negative #1
like Adam
Comparison
there they dealt faithlessly
Explanation (parallelism)
with me.
Context
Gilead is a city
Example #1
of evildoers,
tracked
Explanation
with blood.
Content
As robbers lie in wait
for a man,
Disadvantage
so the priests band together;
Example #2 (paralleism)
they murder
on the way
Locative
to Shechem;
Destination
for they commit villainy.
Ground (of the Comparison)
In the house
of Israel
I have seen a horrible thing;
Ephraim’s whoredom is there;
Israel is defiled.
Explanation (parallelism)
For you also, O Judah,
a harvest is appointed,
Negative #2
phrasing
Comments
Chris Thomas
Extraordinarily helpful, yet painfully challenging. Thank you Andy.
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