Monthly Archives: February 2000


1 Samuel 5:1-12

Download sermon 1 Samuel 5:1-12 Text Comment The ark was lost as punishment for Israel’s infidelity to God and her effort to domesticate God and use him for her own purposes. But, the fact that Israel was defeated by the Philistines did not mean, as it would naturally have been taken to mean in those […]


John 3:16

Download sermon John 3:16-21 Text Comment There can be no absolute certainty, first century Greek had no quotation marks, but it appears that the Lord’s own words end with v. 15 and v. 16 begins John’s own comment on what has just been said. The writer of the Gospel, having recorded some of the Lord’s […]


1 Samuel 4:1-22

Download sermon 1 Samuel 4:1-22 Text Comment We begin now with what is often called “The Ark Narrative.” Chapter 4 is the account of the loss of the ark to the Philistines; chapter 5 the account of its “pell-mell tour of Philistia” [Gordon, 24]; and chapter 6 the account of its return, after seven months, […]


The New Birth John 3:1-15

Download sermon John 3:1-15 Now we finished chapter 2 with John’s observation that the Lord Jesus knew what was in the hearts of men. There follows now in the Gospel a series of conversations in which the Lord Jesus goes to the heart of individuals of very different backgrounds. First Nicodemus, the Jewish rabbi; then […]


1 Samuel 3:1-4:1a

Download sermon 1 Samuel 3:1-4:1a Text Comment In the first two chapters we have seen the account of Samuel and of Eli’s sons in alternation. First we hear about the one and the about the other. Clearly the two are being compared and contrasted: Samuel’s holiness and dedication to God and Hophni and Phinehas’ corruption […]


The Zeal of the Lord John 2:12-25

Download sermon John 2:12-25 Text Comment v.12     Capernaum was by the sea; Cana was in the uplands, some 16 miles southwest of Capernaum; so the verb “went down” is literally correct. Capernaum was to be the center of the Lord’s Galilean ministry, though we don’t know exactly why. Had the family left Nazareth by this […]


The First Sign John 2:1-11

Download sermon John 2:1-11 Text Comment In his gospel, John records miracles that the Lord performed. He calls them “signs” because they demonstrate that Jesus is the Son of God and the Messiah. These miracles are, as it were, another witness that gives testimony about Jesus. As he says in 20:30-31: “Jesus did many other […]