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LAB184 The Future Hope for Suffering
1 Peter 5:10-11
LAB182 The Art of War Part 2
1 Peter 5:8-10
LAB181 The Art of War Part 1
1 Peter 5:8-9
The Tale of Two Covenants
Hebrews 8:1-9:10
LAB180 Ways to cross-reference to understand a passage rightly
1 Peter 5:8-9
LAB177 God's Grace means I just sit back and relax? Hah! Think Again!!
1 Peter 5:7-9
LAB176 Three Ways to Fight Anxiety
1 Peter 5:7-8
LAB175 Why Romans 5:21 refers to imputed righteousness
Romans 5:20-6:2
LAB174 God relieves the humble of their fears
1 Peter 5:6-7
LAB170 Reading the passage supernaturally
1 Peter 5:2-3
LAB168 Reading Narratives to See Truths
Acts 16:19-31
LAB165 The Surpassing Wonder of the Truth of Election
Acts 13:46-49
LAB165 The Importance of Forming a Worldview
1 Peter 4:12-19
LAB161 Divine Conception and the Joyful Purpose of Christ's Arrival
Matthew 1:18-25
LAB160 The Ground for Seeking Purity of Faith in Suffering
1 Peter 4:17-18
LAB159 Seven Ways God honours us so we don't have to be ashamed for being Christians
1 Peter 4:16
LAB158 A Simple Verse With More Than Meets The Eye
1 Peter 4:15
LAB157 God Gives Us A Taste of Future Glory Now
1 Peter 4:14
LAB156 A Tale of Two Joys
1 Peter 4:13
LAB155 Using Word Searches to Understand Persecution in Peter
1 Peter 4:12
LAB154 Complaining in the right spirit
Jeremiah 12:1
LAB153 Don't Miss the Wonder of an Introduction
Galatians 1:3-5
Ask Questions to Reveal the Text's Dense Logic
1 Peter 4:10-11
LAB150 The Jigsaw Puzzle of Change
2 Corinthians 3:15-18
LAB148 Mine Within the Immediate Context First
1 Peter 4:10
LAB147 To See Requires God's Extraordinary Power
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
LAB146 Using varied contexts to understand godly hospitality
1 Peter 4:9
LAB145 How love helps cover sins by others
1 Peter 4:8
LAB144 The Levels of A Doxology
Romans 11:33-36
LAB143 Using Search Tool for Big Ideas like "Last Days"
1 Peter 4:7
LAB142 Praying after God's WORD when dealing with sin
Psalms 19:12-13
LAB141 Ground, Context and Logic to Determine Who the Dead are
1 Peter 4:6
LAB140 Loving Enemies and Trusting God's Justice
1 Peter 4:5
LAB139 Holiness defined by context, in part
1 Thessalonians 4:11-13
LAB138 The Inference that Leads to Meaningful Work
1 Corinthians 15:58
LAB137 The Ground For Not Boasting in Men
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
LAB136 What baptism has to do with salvation
1 Peter 3:21-22
LAB135 Show the World A Life Worth Living
1 Peter 4:3-4
LAB 134 Living for Godly Passions
1 Peter 4:2
LAB133 Who Are The Antichrists
1 John 2:18-19
LAB132 Christ died to make us dead to sin
1 Peter 4:1
LAB131 Can a True Christian Fall Away from God?
1 John 2:19
LAB130 Decrypting Confusing Bible Verses
1 Peter 3:19-20
LAB 129 It is the LORD who raises us up after we fall into sin
Micah 7:7-9
LAB128 Jesus Came to Ultimately Glorify God
Romans 15:8-9
LAB127 The Prayer for Fearless Contentment
Philippians 4:6-7
LAB126 No Other God
Deuteronomy 33:26-27
LAB125 How the OT Promises is Ours
Isaiah 41:10
LAB124 Prepare Your Heart for Cancer
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
LAB123 The Cross is to Bring Us to God
1 Peter 3:18
LAB122 The Keys to Knowing How to Live
Psalms 100:1-5
LAB121  God Wills Sin Done Against Us Without Sinning
1 Peter 3:17
LAB120 Meditating on the Word
James 3:17-18
LAB119 Treasure Jesus More than Safety
1 Peter 3:14-16
LAB118 God's blessings in suffering
1 Peter 3:14
LAB117 Sovereign God May Harm Us for Ultimate Good
1 Peter 3:13
LAB116 Love Your Enemies for Your Own Sake
1 Peter 3:9-12
LAB115 The Heart of the Christian Faith
Colossians 2:13-14
LAB114 How can we bless those who revile us?
1 Peter 3:8-9
LAB113 God Blesses Us to Bless the World
Psalms 67:1-7
LAB112 Election Gives Evangelism Power
2 Timothy 2:8-10
LAB111 Do Not Diminish God's Love for You
1 Thessalonians 1:2-7
LAB110 Your Prayers Hang on Your Marriage
1 Peter 3:7
LAB 109 Believe God more than my pain and loss
John 11:1-6
LAB108 The Saving Power of a Fearless Wife
1 Peter 3:1-6
LAB107 Saved by Grace But Not Without War
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Only by Christ's atonement and substitution, will I be able to follow Christ's example of doing good in responding to evil
1 Peter 2:21-25
God's Wise Sayings are delightfully trustworthy
Proverbs 22:17-19
God is Faithful to Himself Above All Else
2 Timothy 2:11-13
Do good when mistreated, keeping God and His reward in mind.
1 Peter 2:18-20
LAB102 Live on Earth as Citizens of Heaven
1 Peter 2:13-17
LAB101 Holy God became like us
Philippians 2:3-8
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LAB94 God Will Never Forsake You
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LAB: www.desiringgod.org/labs/god-will-never-forsake-you Google doc: docs.google.com/document/d/1-Kaavrd7SuSdP_5PrG2mk7px4vTHRKjWH8V5wvocySk/edit?pli=1 Characters The recipients of Hebrews We - recipients and author of Hebrews Man - humankind Israelite in Deut 31:6,8 Psalmist of Ps 118 The LORD The Recipients (Green rectangle and highlight) Observations Are commanded to keep life free from love of money (this includes the feeling of love) v.5 Are commanded that the conduct (behaviour) must also show this freedom from the love of money v.5 Are commanded to be content (feeling) with what they have v.5 Are promised by the Greatest Promise Giver ever, that He will never leave them nor forsake them v.5 This promise was made under the old covenant, but applies to the recipients of Hebrews v.5 Are able to say with a high degree of sureness that God is their Helper, they need not be afraid, no human being can ultimately harm them v. 6 Thoughts/Questions I did ponder on how it is I can be less afraid, based on this passage. My thoughts are found in the document Trevor put together here: docs.google.com/document/d/1-Kaavrd7SuSdP_5PrG2mk7px4vTHRKjWH8V5wvocySk/edit?pli=1 Money is a very tempting thing to trust in when we are afraid. The wealth that money brings in material possessions, the safety so that we can choose to live in a secure location, or choose to avoid messy situations and people, the answer to buy our way out of difficulties. This thing about the idolatry of money, the hope of money, needs to be explored further, and examined and weighed in comparison to God's ability to save us. Summary The repicients are given great and precious Promises by the Great Promise-Giver, our LORD God Almighty. Based upon that, they can claim, speak out these promises and commitments. These promises, commitments, are sure and has God's guarantee that no living person can do ultimate harm to them. Thus, they can be free from loving money, and free to be content with whatever they have, because their fears are adequately, sufficiently, effectively, addressed. We - Recipients and author of Hebrews (Light purple rectangle and highlight) Observations The author of Hebrews sees himself as like the recipients by using "we" v.6 The writer of Hebrews is saying that just like them, he too trusts in God's promises v.6 He too speaks out the truth of these promises v.6 He too then does not need to fear v.6 He too comes to the truth that in the light of God's promises, no human being can do him ultimate harm v.6 Thoughts/Questions I do wonder if the writer of Hebrews deliberately changed the personal pronoun to "we" as a form of encouragement, coming alongside the recipients. Summary The personal pronoun "we" shows how the writer of Hebrews shares in the difficulties of the recipients, and how he too has to draw from the same well of God's promises, as he is asking them to do. Man-humankind (Light brown rectangle and highlight) Observations Man here, refers to all of human kind. Not just the gender. This is from the context v.6 Human beings can do harm, but from the context, this refers to ultimate harm v.6 The reason why the above is so is because in the original quotation of Psa 118:6 , the Psalmist is in some sort of distress that is caused by people. So it must be that people can cause some kind of harm v.6 But based on Psa 118, and on this passage which quotes it, when we consider God as the never forsaking, never leaving or never abandoning Helper, people's harm is limited. v.6. Psa 118. Thoughts/Questions The claiming and standing upon, depending upon, the promises of God requires faith and trust in these words, faith and trust in One who made those promises. The reality is that we do struggle nonetheless, so I find Dr Piper's thoughts helpful - about moving forward despite the feelings at times. Summary People (man) can do harm. But their harm is well circumscribed, controlled and ultimately rendered ineffective in the ultimate sense, by God's sovereignty and greatness in help and presence. Joshua in Deut 31:6,8 (Black Rectangle) Observations A cross reference quoted from Deut 31:6-8 in v.5 Context is Moses conveying the LORD's message to Joshua (Deut 31:2) This message was given right before Joshua leads the people of Israel into the land of Canaan, at the end of Deuteronomy, and to follow by the book of Joshua The quotation is not word for word, in Hebrews 13:5 pronoun is changed from "The LORD" to "I". But in the quotation in the Greek of Hebrews 13:5, and the Septuagint (Greek translation of OT), the wording is similar. The LORD promises Joshua never to leave nor forsake him, that God will not abandon him Thoughts/Questions It is interesting how the NT writers quotes the OT. Not literally word for word, but the essence of the meaning is there Also the words to Joshua is transposed to a different key to apply to all believers in Jesus Christ For further discussion on the basis for this transposition, see the google doc. Summary The original quotation was meant for Joshua, a commitment, promise, by God that He would be with Joshua as he leads the people of Israel. This quotation is now used in Hebrews to apply to the recipients of the letter, and by extension, to all believers in Jesus Christ. Just as God was with Joshua, never forsook, abandoned or left him, so God did not forsake, abandon or leave the recipients of Hebrews, nor will God do so with us, Psalmist of Ps 118 (Red Rectangle and highlight) Observations A cross reference quoted from Ps 118:6 in v.6 Ps 118 is a thanksgiving psalm to God or delivering the psalmist from a number of trials The quotation is not word for word, but in the original it states "The LORD is on my side...". But in the LXX (Greek translation, Septuagina) and Hebrews 13:6, the quotation is similar in wording. The question "What can man do to me?" is rhetorical, indicating the assumed answer is "Nothing!" But yet the Psalmist goes on to list a number of troubles that came as a result of people (Ps 118) Therefore the Psalmist must have some other meaning that people cannot do a single harmful thing, but that in the light of God's help, people's harm would not cause ultimate, irrevocable damage. The Psalmist, in the light of God's help, need not fear the harm that may come from people Thoughts/Questions Again, this promise which the Psalmist centuries earlier claimed, is applied to the recipients of Hebrews and by extension, any believer in Christ today. Summary The Psalmist counts on, depends upon, calls upon the LORD as his helper. Because the LORD is his helper, and he looks to the LORD, he need not be afraid of harm done by people. It is this sense of security that frees us from fear, that then releases us from looking to money and discontentment as a source of answer to fear of harm. The LORD (Blue rectangle and highlight) Observations The LORD promises to never leave, abandon or forsake His people v.5 The LORD also promises to help v.6 The LORD's name is the same name given to Moses (Deuteronomy) and the name the Psalmist calls on (Ps 118) The LORD's promises of His presence and His help is sufficient to preserve His people from ultimate harm v.6 The LORD's promises of presence and help also frees people from discontentment and love of money v.5 The LORD's words are to be more valued and hoped in than money v.5-6 Thoughts/Questions I pray and also seek, and wish to work at, growing in treasuring God's promises, how valuable they are, how much they speak of Him as a keeper of His Word, never a liar nor changes His mind Nu 23:19. May the LORD guide me to know this, may His Spirit open my heart, mind, and ears and eyes, may my heart incline to Him in all these. Summary The LORD, the God of the old covenant people of Israel, gives the same promises to all those in Christ. His promises of presence and help, are able to keep any follower of Jesus safe from ultimate harm. It is the inestimable character of God that His Word is never failing. Based on His promises, His commitment, His decisions, His will, His desire, His purposes, all believers will be kept safe from ultimate harm - most probably losing their salvation and their faith, their inheiritance (1 Peter 1-2). Take Away The LORD is a great Promise Giver, and His Promises are the best guarantees for our safety I seek to know God's great promises, and live upon them. The truth of the hymn trust and obey is something I want to follow.
11448322286404 1448322258565 Notes 2015-11-23 23:44:46 2015-11-25 02:10:39 LAB: www.desiringgod.org/labs/god-will-never-forsake-you Google doc: docs.google.com/document/d/1-Kaavrd7SuSdP_5PrG2mk7px4vTHRKjWH8V5wvocySk/edit?pli=1 Characters The recipients of Hebrews We - recipients and author of Hebrews Man - humankind Israelite in Deut 31:6,8 Psalmist of Ps 118 The LORD The Recipients (Green rectangle and highlight) Observations Are commanded to keep life free from love of money (this includes the feeling of love) v.5 Are commanded that the conduct (behaviour) must also show this freedom from the love of money v.5 Are commanded to be content (feeling) with what they have v.5 Are promised by the Greatest Promise Giver ever, that He will never leave them nor forsake them v.5 This promise was made under the old covenant, but applies to the recipients of Hebrews v.5 Are able to say with a high degree of sureness that God is their Helper, they need not be afraid, no human being can ultimately harm them v. 6 Thoughts/Questions I did ponder on how it is I can be less afraid, based on this passage. My thoughts are found in the document Trevor put together here: docs.google.com/document/d/1-Kaavrd7SuSdP_5PrG2mk7px4vTHRKjWH8V5wvocySk/edit?pli=1 Money is a very tempting thing to trust in when we are afraid. The wealth that money brings in material possessions, the safety so that we can choose to live in a secure location, or choose to avoid messy situations and people, the answer to buy our way out of difficulties. This thing about the idolatry of money, the hope of money, needs to be explored further, and examined and weighed in comparison to God's ability to save us. Summary The repicients are given great and precious Promises by the Great Promise-Giver, our LORD God Almighty. Based upon that, they can claim, speak out these promises and commitments. These promises, commitments, are sure and has God's guarantee that no living person can do ultimate harm to them. Thus, they can be free from loving money, and free to be content with whatever they have, because their fears are adequately, sufficiently, effectively, addressed. We - Recipients and author of Hebrews (Light purple rectangle and highlight) Observations The author of Hebrews sees himself as like the recipients by using "we" v.6 The writer of Hebrews is saying that just like them, he too trusts in God's promises v.6 He too speaks out the truth of these promises v.6 He too then does not need to fear v.6 He too comes to the truth that in the light of God's promises, no human being can do him ultimate harm v.6 Thoughts/Questions I do wonder if the writer of Hebrews deliberately changed the personal pronoun to "we" as a form of encouragement, coming alongside the recipients. Summary The personal pronoun "we" shows how the writer of Hebrews shares in the difficulties of the recipients, and how he too has to draw from the same well of God's promises, as he is asking them to do. Man-humankind (Light brown rectangle and highlight) Observations Man here, refers to all of human kind. Not just the gender. This is from the context v.6 Human beings can do harm, but from the context, this refers to ultimate harm v.6 The reason why the above is so is because in the original quotation of Psa 118:6 , the Psalmist is in some sort of distress that is caused by people. So it must be that people can cause some kind of harm v.6 But based on Psa 118, and on this passage which quotes it, when we consider God as the never forsaking, never leaving or never abandoning Helper, people's harm is limited. v.6. Psa 118. Thoughts/Questions The claiming and standing upon, depending upon, the promises of God requires faith and trust in these words, faith and trust in One who made those promises. The reality is that we do struggle nonetheless, so I find Dr Piper's thoughts helpful - about moving forward despite the feelings at times. Summary People (man) can do harm. But their harm is well circumscribed, controlled and ultimately rendered ineffective in the ultimate sense, by God's sovereignty and greatness in help and presence. Joshua in Deut 31:6,8 (Black Rectangle) Observations A cross reference quoted from Deut 31:6-8 in v.5 Context is Moses conveying the LORD's message to Joshua (Deut 31:2) This message was given right before Joshua leads the people of Israel into the land of Canaan, at the end of Deuteronomy, and to follow by the book of Joshua The quotation is not word for word, in Hebrews 13:5 pronoun is changed from "The LORD" to "I". But in the quotation in the Greek of Hebrews 13:5, and the Septuagint (Greek translation of OT), the wording is similar. The LORD promises Joshua never to leave nor forsake him, that God will not abandon him Thoughts/Questions It is interesting how the NT writers quotes the OT. Not literally word for word, but the essence of the meaning is there Also the words to Joshua is transposed to a different key to apply to all believers in Jesus Christ For further discussion on the basis for this transposition, see the google doc. Summary The original quotation was meant for Joshua, a commitment, promise, by God that He would be with Joshua as he leads the people of Israel. This quotation is now used in Hebrews to apply to the recipients of the letter, and by extension, to all believers in Jesus Christ. Just as God was with Joshua, never forsook, abandoned or left him, so God did not forsake, abandon or leave the recipients of Hebrews, nor will God do so with us, Psalmist of Ps 118 (Red Rectangle and highlight) Observations A cross reference quoted from Ps 118:6 in v.6 Ps 118 is a thanksgiving psalm to God or delivering the psalmist from a number of trials The quotation is not word for word, but in the original it states "The LORD is on my side...". But in the LXX (Greek translation, Septuagina) and Hebrews 13:6, the quotation is similar in wording. The question "What can man do to me?" is rhetorical, indicating the assumed answer is "Nothing!" But yet the Psalmist goes on to list a number of troubles that came as a result of people (Ps 118) Therefore the Psalmist must have some other meaning that people cannot do a single harmful thing, but that in the light of God's help, people's harm would not cause ultimate, irrevocable damage. The Psalmist, in the light of God's help, need not fear the harm that may come from people Thoughts/Questions Again, this promise which the Psalmist centuries earlier claimed, is applied to the recipients of Hebrews and by extension, any believer in Christ today. Summary The Psalmist counts on, depends upon, calls upon the LORD as his helper. Because the LORD is his helper, and he looks to the LORD, he need not be afraid of harm done by people. It is this sense of security that frees us from fear, that then releases us from looking to money and discontentment as a source of answer to fear of harm. The LORD (Blue rectangle and highlight) Observations The LORD promises to never leave, abandon or forsake His people v.5 The LORD also promises to help v.6 The LORD's name is the same name given to Moses (Deuteronomy) and the name the Psalmist calls on (Ps 118) The LORD's promises of His presence and His help is sufficient to preserve His people from ultimate harm v.6 The LORD's promises of presence and help also frees people from discontentment and love of money v.5 The LORD's words are to be more valued and hoped in than money v.5-6 Thoughts/Questions I pray and also seek, and wish to work at, growing in treasuring God's promises, how valuable they are, how much they speak of Him as a keeper of His Word, never a liar nor changes His mind Nu 23:19. May the LORD guide me to know this, may His Spirit open my heart, mind, and ears and eyes, may my heart incline to Him in all these. Summary The LORD, the God of the old covenant people of Israel, gives the same promises to all those in Christ. His promises of presence and help, are able to keep any follower of Jesus safe from ultimate harm. It is the inestimable character of God that His Word is never failing. Based on His promises, His commitment, His decisions, His will, His desire, His purposes, all believers will be kept safe from ultimate harm - most probably losing their salvation and their faith, their inheiritance (1 Peter 1-2). Take Away The LORD is a great Promise Giver, and His Promises are the best guarantees for our safety I seek to know God's great promises, and live upon them. The truth of the hymn trust and obey is something I want to follow. notes
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