Friday: King of All the Earth

Theme: Being in the Kingdom

In this week’s lessons we look at the theme of God’s universal kingship, and see that all owe their allegiance to him.

Scripture: Psalm 47:1-9

I take you back to the early chapters of Genesis in which God calls Abraham to be his follower, promising, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Gen. 12:3). From the very beginning God had said that he purposed to bless all nations and all peoples through Abraham and his descendants, particularly through his one great descendant, the Messiah, Jesus Christ. And that is what he has done and is doing. He is building Christ's spiritual kingdom with people from all nations and races.

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The Kingdom Manifesto (Part 1)

If there is a manifesto of kingdom life, it is found in graces wrought in individuals by the Holy Spirit. This manifesto--a Christian manifesto, a Kingdom manifesto--is called the Beatitudes.

In an increasingly politicized age, we have become used to political slogans designed to encapsulate the heart of a candidate’s message--everything from “Change We Can Believe In” (2008) to “Make America Great Again” (2016). In the high politicization of American culture, there is a danger that the church begins to operate by similar standards and slogans. We have seen trends from the “seeker-sensitive” to “missional” churches, from the Convergence Movement to Christian Family movement.

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Thursday: King of All the Earth

Theme: Your Kingdom Come

In this week’s lessons we look at the theme of God’s universal kingship, and see that all owe their allegiance to him.

Scripture: Psalm 47:1-9

Yesterday we said that psalms 46 and 47 may be pointing back to the story in 2 Samuel 6. But while that may be the meaning of the reference, of course, the problem I see is that 2 Samuel 6 does not describe a battle. In fact, normally the Ark did not accompany the people into battle, and the one time they tried to use it in this way, when they were fighting the Philistines, the Ark was captured and the battle was lost (cf. 1 Samuel 4:1-7:1).

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Wednesday: King of All the Earth

Theme: “King of the Jews”

In this week’s lessons we look at the theme of God’s universal kingship, and see that all owe their allegiance to him.

Scripture: Psalm 47:1-9

Yesterday we said that God brings down arrogant nations that trust in their own strength. In the Bible, the book that makes this point most emphatically is Daniel. The story of King Nebuchadnezzar teaches it. But I pass over Nebuchadnezzar's story to that of his son Belshazzar. Belshazzar had given a party in which he had defiled the vessels that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem when Nebuchadnezzar sacked the city. In the midst of this party, the fingers of a human hand appeared, writing on the palace wall. Belshazzar and his guests became frightened.

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Writing to Strangers for the Savior

Why do we write? Perhaps more precisely, For whom do we write? This question might be easier to answer for preachers putting pen to paper on a weekly basis. But for those of us outside of the pulpit, the answer isn’t always so obvious. If it is, it doesn’t stay long at the forefront of our mind.

Why do we write? Perhaps more precisely, For whom do we write? This question might be easier to answer for preachers putting pen to paper on a weekly basis: they write for God himself, to proclaim the truth, to expand the kingdom by delivering God’s Word unvarnished to a world in the throes of deception. But for those of us outside of the pulpit, the answer isn’t always so obvious. If it is, it doesn’t stay long at the forefront of our mind.

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Tuesday: King of All the Earth

Theme: Our God Reigns

In this week’s lessons we look at the theme of God’s universal kingship, and see that all owe their allegiance to him.

Scripture: Psalm 47:1-9

It will help to make a few observations about Psalm 47 and its place in the Psalter. First, Psalm 47 follows quite naturally after Psalm 46. Psalm 46 is focused on the security of God's people, noting how God had delivered them from one of their great enemies.2 It challenged the nations to observe that deliverance and stand in awe before God: "Be still and know that I am God: “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" (v. 10). God himself is speaking.

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How to become a de-convert

Kruger on Hatmaker

 

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Monday: King of All the Earth

Theme: Praise to God the King

In this week’s lessons we look at the theme of God’s universal kingship, and see that all owe their allegiance to him.

Scripture: Psalm 47:1-9

There are quite a few places in the Old Testament in which God is addressed almost exclusively as the God of Israel—as if he is the Jew's God as opposed to the gods of the nations round about. In fact, the Jews are repeatedly warned against serving these other gods. The first of the Ten Commandments is one example: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me" (Exod. 20:2, 3)

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Friday: Martin Luther’s Psalm

Theme: “Lord Sabaoth His Name”

In this week’s lessons on Psalm 46, on which Luther’s great hymn is based, we are reminded that our complete confidence and trust rests in the Lord, who promises to be with his people forever.

Scripture: Psalm 46:1-11

The conclusion and proper application of this psalm is the response which has already appeared following stanza two (v. 7) and now appears a second and final time in verse 11: "The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” Who is he, this God who is his people's refuge? The answer is given in the two names of God in this refrain.

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Thursday: Martin Luther’s Psalm

Theme: “Above All Earthly Pow’rs”

In this week’s lessons on Psalm 46, on which Luther’s great hymn is based, we are reminded that our complete confidence and trust rests in the Lord, who promises to be with his people forever.

Scripture: Psalm 46:1-11

We come now to verses 8-10. We need to see that, although the language grows out of the earlier material, the stanza is not really looking to the past but ahead to the future when God shall defeat all armies and establish his eternal reign. In Psalm 2 God in the same way mocks those who take arms against himself and his Anointed. He tells the Son, "I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery" (vv. 8,9).

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