Brent Karding
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Christ rejected and accepted
Luke 23:39-43
God commands you to turn from idols to the true God.
Acts 17:22-31
Jesus is sovereign over the natural and spiritual realm
Matthew 9:1-8
Faith leads to speaking.
2 Corinthians 4:13-15
A humble birth and great glory to God
Luke 2:1-21
Because God is uniquely faithful, he will remove our sins.
Micah 7:18-20
Phrasing Narrative and Teaching
Mark 11:12-25
Christ's Supremacy Described and Grounded
Colossians 1:15-17
Christ's Resurrection and Ours
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
God's Furious Punishment
Romans 1:18-25
God will surely set up an indestructible, everlasting kingdom.
Daniel 2:31-45
Just like Adam's sin led to death for all people, so Jesus' obedience led to life for all people.
Romans 5:12-21
To apply this text, think through the Concessive, the Negative, and the Ground (v. 7-9), asking where those things are true of you.
1 Kings 14:1-18
Remember the happiness of the Word-delighting, and the misery of the only other option.
Psalms 1
Jesus, the Father's Spirit-filled Son, inaugurated God's kingdom.
Mark 1:1-15
Paul describes how men and women should act in church, based on their specific roles.
1 Timothy 2:8-15
Dedicate yourself to the local church for the eternal glory of Christ.
Haggai 2:20-23
The gospel call to repentance gives light to people in darkness.
Matthew 4:12-17
God has given the local church the responsibility to judge its members.
1 Corinthians 5
The eternal state will immediately follow Christ's return and our bodily resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
When Jesus next returns, he will destroy death.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
At the day of the Lord, believers will be saved and unbelievers will be destroyed.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
Our certain gospel hope of resurrection should encourage us.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
This passage reveals the fact of and the reason behind God's anger.
Romans 1:18-23
The kind of faith that saves is a faith that is characterized by works.
James 2:14-26
Only those who look to Jesus for spiritual wealth, righteousness, and guidance will sit with him on his throne.
Revelation 3:14-22
Jesus promises eternal life to those who overcome; therefore, cling to the gospel and preach it to others.
Revelation 3:7-13
Those who treasure the gospel and live it out today will enjoy intimacy with Jesus now and forever.
Revelation 3:1-6
Hold tightly to holy living that flows from the gospel.
Revelation 2:18-29
God calls us to boast only in the cross, through which we participate in the New Creation.
Galatians 1:1-6:18
Jesus will destroy His enemies and give eternal life to His people; therefore, the church must not tolerate sin in its midst.
Revelation 2:12-17
It is vital to boast only in Jesus' cross.
Galatians 6:10-18
Those who are fearless in the face of death will receive life from the Victor over death.
Revelation 2:8-11
True spirituality is seen in bearing other people's burdens.
Galatians 6:1-10
You are nothing without love.
Revelation 2:1-7
Serve each other in love through the leading of the life-giving, flesh-opposing Spirit.
Galatians 5:13-26
Jesus is a king and priest who is present with His church in judgment and salvation.
Revelation 1:9-20
Only those who rest on Christ alone for justification will receive eternal righteousness.
Galatians 5:2-12
Obey this urgent revelation so you will be blessed, and rest in the sovereignty of your Saviour.
Revelation 1:1-8
God redeems Naomi - and all Israel - through the son of Boaz and Ruth.
Ruth 4:13-22
Believers must stand firm in the freedom of being God's children through faith alone in his promise.
Galatians 4:21-31
Boaz generously and sacrificially redeems Elimelech's and Mahlon's family.
Ruth 4:1-12
Paul's proven trustworthiness and godly motives should have led the Galatians to trust him, not reject him.
Galatians 4:12-20
Boaz acted with generosity again, and Ruth waited for redemption.
Ruth 3:14-18
In Christ we are God's fully adult sons and heirs.
Galatians 4:1-11
Boaz commits himself to redeem Ruth.
Ruth 3:1-13
All of God's children enjoy his covenant and promised salvation through faith in Christ.
Galatians 3:15-29
Ruth and Naomi encounter the generosity of Boaz.
Ruth 2:14-23
Gentiles are declared righteous, become the true Israel, and receive the blessing and the Spirit by faith alone.
Galatians 3:1-14
God guided Ruth to the field of a man who showed undeserved favor to her.
Ruth 2:1-13
Justification by faith, not by works, alone glorifies God's grace and accomplishes the purpose of Christ's death.
Galatians 2:11-21
Ruth committed herself to Naomi and to her God.
Ruth 1:15-22
From the beginning of church history, there has been only one true gospel.
Galatians 2:1-10
The biblical gospel is demonstrably given by Jesus.
Galatians 1:11-24
Naomi was left alone in a foreign land, suffering judgment.
Ruth 1:1-5
A bitter Naomi plans to return to her homeland, and convince her daughters-in-law not to.
Ruth 1:6-14
Reject the perverted gospel and embrace the God-accomplished and God-taught gospel.
Galatians 1:1-10
It is right for God to show mercy on whomever he desires to show mercy - and we should praise him for this!
Jonah 1:1-4:11
God is right to show mercy on whomever he chooses.
Jonah 4:1-11
God cares about Gentiles.
Jonah 3:1-10
The Lord saved Jonah because he prayed to him.
Jonah 2:1-10
Jesus' death and resurrection created Gentile worshippers.
Jonah 1:1-17
Because God is holding tightly to you, hold tightly to his Word.
2 Thessalonians 1-3
We pray for you to experience God's grace and peace.
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Paul gives two final commands in the main body of this letter: pray and stay away.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-15
How God's sovereignty motivates our perseverance
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
You were dead, but God made you alive in Christ; therefore, remember that God has brought you near to him and made you part of his temple.
Ephesians 2:1-10
God is holding tightly to you.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
The path to eternal happiness isn't what you think: it requires joyful endurance of trials and humble obedience to God's Word.
James 1
Choose the way of life that God delights in, a Christlike life of compassion and purity, for this is the pathway to Heaven.
James 1:26-27
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Psalm 42-43
Psalms 42:1-43:5
In every difficulty, cry to God, your trustworthy Savior.
Published May 29th, 2020
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In my desperation, I cry out to God for deliverance with confident hope.
Psalms 42:1-43:5
t As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
u My soul thirsts for God, for v the living God.
When shall I come and w appear before God? 1
x My tears have been my food day and night,
y while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
as I z pour out my soul:
a how I would go b with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
c a multitude keeping festival.
d Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you e in turmoil within me?
f Hope in God;
for I shall again praise him, my salvation 1 and my God.
My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I g remember you h from the land of Jordan and of i Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls;
j all your breakers and your k waves have gone over me.
By day the Lord l commands his steadfast love,
and at m night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, n my rock:
“Why have you forgotten me?
o Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As with a deadly wound in my bones,
my adversaries taunt me,
p while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
q Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God;
for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
r Vindicate me, O God,
and s defend my cause against an ungodly people,
from t the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!
For you are u the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you v rejected me?
Why do I w go about mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?
x Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your y holy hill and to your z dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
a Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
b Hope in God;
for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
My soul is desperate for God.
When will God help me?
I remember the joyful days of worship in the past.
Because my soul is depressed, I remember and cry out to God, the one who is faithful.
I am desperate for God, but I'm also confident that he will deliver me.
I remember and cry out to God; therefore, he will surely deliver me.
I cry out to God to vindicate me and guide me into praise, because my confident hope is in him.
"Vindicate me and lead me to your presence, so I can praise you."
"In my desperation, I cry out to God for deliverance with confident hope." COMBINATION I combined the two psalms into one arc because I saw that there is a threefold refrain in 42:5-6a, 42:11, and 43:5. Here is more support for combining the two psalms into one: " Not only does one title serve for the two psalms, but the soliloquy ‘Why go I mourning …’ is heard in both ( 42:9 ; 43:2 )... " (Kidner, 182, emphasis mine). " There is extensive agreement among the majority of interpreters that Pss 42 and 43 should be interpreted as a single psalm, for the following reasons: (a) many Heb. mss present the psalms as a single unit; (b) Ps 43 has no title, which is surprising in Book II of the Psalter; and (c) they are joined by a common refrain (42:6, 12; 43:5)" (Craigie and Tate, 325, emphasis mine). Boice asserts that "[t]he chief reason for taking the psalms together... is that both deal with spiritual depression" (Boice, 367). INTERPRETATION In the first two sections, the refrain follows the psalmist's talking to himself (even in verse 9 ). In the third section, the refrain follows the psalmist's talking to God . APPLICATION The threefold refrain teaches us how to respond to situations when we feel distant from God, longing to know him and enjoy his presence (v. 1-6a). It teaches us how to respond to feeling overwhelmed and depressed by our suffering (6b-11). It teaches us how to respond to injustice and oppression against us (1-5). In each case, our response should be the same: to talk to ourselves, reminding ourselves to hope in God, to remember our certain future of praise and joy because of the reality of God being our Savior.
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