Hannah’s prayer is completely unselfish. She doesn’t ask for a male child in order to remove her shame or to get back at Peninah. She asked God to give her a male child, so she could…
Paul is already sensing that this is going to be his last visit and he wants to encourage the church stay rooted in the gospel and to keep the urgency of the mission to making disciples as their focus. This should be the question on our minds as we read this story as well. How do we help our church grow and what’s essential to fulfilling the mission?
The devil presents Jesus with the glories of the kingdoms of the world, because he had claimed the earth as his kingdom, since getting Adam and Eve to fall into sin. He now knows that Jesus has been anointed by the Holy Spirit to be Messiah, the King who has come to reclaim the earth as the new Adam and establish His Kingdom.
In order for you to truly feel the weight of what Jesus just said, remember who He is speaking to and the context of the His message. Jesus is establishing His Kingdom and the ultimate enemy of His listeners are the Romans. They want a violent military overthrow. Jesus says here is how we’re going to conquer Rome… love them. What?!
Jesus says, “Contrary to popular belief, I have not come to do away with the law.” He is not here, merely talking about the 10 commandments, but the Law, meaning the first five books of the Old Testament written by Moses. The Prophets, were the rest of the Old Testament books. Jesus, says rather, I’ve come to fulfill it.
It’s June 2017 and Donald Trump is President of the United States of America. As he is on his quest to make America great again, a young charismatic leader starts a tour across the country winning the hearts of the masses by meeting their needs and offering a message of hope. The core of his message is “my administration is at hand!”
My favorite time of the day, next to being with Jesus in the morning, is coming home at the end of a long day, opening the door and seeing my son run around the corner to me, nearly falling over, with a big smile on his face and his hands up in the air and jumping into my arms. It is the best feeling in the world.