Yearly Archives: 2000

Faith’s Devotion John 12:1-11

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 12:1-11 Text Comment v.2       That is, if Passover was celebrated Thursday evening of the next week, then six days before, on Friday, just before the onset of the Sabbath day, Jesus would have arrived in Bethany and the banquet described in the following verses would probably have occurred […]

The Bottom Sin John 11:45-57

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 11:45-57 Text Comment v.45     One of a number of instances in John where the use of the term “Jews” carries no negative overtones. v.47     Under the Roman rule, the Sanhedrin was permitted to exercise authority over Jewish internal affairs.  At this time the Sadducees, the party of the […]

Sight and Blindness John 9:1-41

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 9:1-41 Text Comment v.1       Without in any way discounting the historical veracity of the account we are about to read, remember that the Lord’s miracles were, in many cases, themselves pictures of salvation.  He referred to them as such himself.  The man blind from birth is like all […]

True Life and True Death John 8:48-59

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 8:48-59 Text Comment v.48     This has been preceded, of course, by a long conversation between Jesus and the Jewish religious leadership.  When their arguments failed to dislodge him, as so often in human affairs, they turn to personal abuse, the trusty argumentum ad hominem.  And you couldn’t get […]

Eternity John 8:12-30

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 8:12-30 Text Comment If we connect 8:12 with 7:39, leaving out, as we said last week, the account of the woman caught in adultery and observing that 7:40-52 do not include any remarks of the Lord but only record the conversations of others about him, then the “again” […]

The Text of the Bible John 8:1-11

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 8:1-11 We have an odd situation before us this morning, having come to John 8:1-11.  It is an advantage of preaching consecutively through books of the Bible: you come to everything sooner or later.  As your New International Version indicates, the entire paragraph is set apart as unlikely […]

Characteristics of the Unbelieving Mind John 7:14-24

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 7:14-24 Text Comment v.14     Apparently the Lord felt that showing up late would prevent the kind of outpouring of popular enthusiasm that would precipitate his death before its appointed time. We know what happened six months later when he approached Jerusalem at the beginning of the Passover feast. […]

1 Samuel 16:14-23

Download sermon Text Comment We have begun the account of David’s rise to the throne of Israel. We are first told how David came to be present in Saul’s court. Now, you may be aware that this will present a problem later, for after David has killed Goliath, Saul acts as if he doesn’t know […]

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Download sermon 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Text Comment We now begin a new section of the Samuel history.  Saul is still the king and we will hear of him, but David steps to the fore as the hero of the account.  Saul enters the picture only as he bears on the history of David’s progress, against all […]

A Southern Aphorism John 6:35-51

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 6:35-51 We are in the midst of the Lord’s “Bread of Life Discourse.”  The theme of this great discourse, as we said last week, is faith in Jesus Christ.  Last Lord’s Day morning we considered from vv. 25-40 the nature of this faith, what John means when he […]

1 Samuel 15:24-35

Download sermon 1 Samuel 15:24-35 Text Comment v.24     Saul will say “I have sinned” twice in this text, again in v. 30. He will say the same thing again to David – whom he has been hunting and trying to kill – in 26:21. In no case does Saul’s confession appear to be sincere. We […]

What is Faith? John 6:25-40

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 6:25-40 Text Comment In v. 59 of this chapter, we learn that this great discourse, widely known as “The Bread of Life Discourse” was delivered in the synagogue at Capernaum. John does not tell us when the transition to the synagogue took place. Perhaps between vv. 27 and […]

1 Samuel 15:1-23

Download sermon 1 Samuel 15:1-23 Text Comment We begin tonight the last of the three chapters devoted to the account of Saul’s reign, this one, as you will see, providing the final stage in the Lord’s rejection of him as king of Israel. We have been pointing out these past Sundays that the narrative of […]

1 Samuel 14:24-52

Download sermon 1 Samuel 14:24-52 Text Comment What follows in these verses is a kind of odd story. But in the context as we are understanding it, its purpose is clear enough. Saul acts foolishly, creates a situation in which the true hero of the day unwittingly becomes a criminal and has to be rescued […]

1 Samuel 14:1-23

Download sermon 1 Samuel 14:1-23 Text Comment 13:23   The placing of the enemy garrison so close to their territory Jonathan will regard as a provocation requiring a response. Throughout the chapter, Jonathan seems to know exactly what is going on; Saul seems to be in a fog. v.2       The pomegranate tree was probably the place […]

1 Samuel 13:1-22

Download sermon 1 Samuel 13:1-22 Text Comment The next section of Samuel extends from 13:1 to the end of chapter 15 and amounts to the account of Saul’s reign as King of Israel.  To be sure, Saul continues to be king until the end of 1 Samuel, but from the beginning of chapter 16 the […]

1 Samuel 12:1-25

Download sermon 1 Samuel 12:1-25 Text Comment v.2       “my sons are here with you”   Remember, it was the unworthiness of Samuel’s sons that was one of the reasons given for asking for a king.  This is perhaps Samuel’s own wistful glance at what might have been.  [Alter, Com., 65] v.3       Remember, Samuel, in 8:8-18 has […]

1 Samuel 11:1-15

Download sermon I Samuel 11:1-15 Text Comment v.1       The Ammonites lived in the Transjordan, the country east of the Jordan, and represented the other military danger that Israel faced in those days.  The Ammonites to the east, the Philistines to the west. Now, it is very interesting that the copy of Samuel that was unearthed […]

True and False Faith John 4:43-54

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 4:43-54 Text Comment v.45     The impression that is given often in the Gospels is that the Lord’s reputation spread like wildfire throughout Judea and Galilee. v.46     “Royal Official” probably refers to someone who was in the service of Herod Antipas, the Roman’s client king of the region that […]

1 Samuel 10:1-27

Download sermon 1 Samuel 10:1-27 Text Comment v.1       The anointing of Saul as the new king of Israel was a private affair and would remain so for some time thereafter (cf. v. 16: even Saul did not tell his relatives). “Leader over his inheritance” indicates that Saul’s role, and that of all subsequent Israelite kings, […]

The Harvest John 4:27-42

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 4:27-42 Text Comment v.27     Generally speaking, the Judaism of the Lord’s day had a low view of the intellectual capacities of women. For a rabbi to spend time talking with a woman was widely regarded as a waste of his time. A passage in the Mishnah reports Rabbi […]

1 Samuel 9:1-27

Download sermon 1 Samuel 9:1-27 Text Comment The arguments pro and con have been made and the Lord has given his judgment: Israel will become a monarchy. The next time the nation assembles it will be to receive her new king (10:17ff.). But now, in a brilliant stroke of narrative art, the attention shifts suddenly, […]

The Water of Life John 4:1-26

Audio:   Download Audio Download sermon John 4:1-26 Text Comment This is a long text of which we will take only part this morning. Verses 1-26 are the narration, the account of the Lord’s encounter with the woman at the well. The next two sections report the aftermath of that conversation. We will read the […]

1 Samuel 8:1-22

Download sermon 1 Samuel 8:1-22 Text Comment Now, as we are going to see, the attitude the Bible takes toward the rise of the monarchy in Israel is complex and it is not always easy to reconcile the various statements that are given. On several occasions in the later part of the book of Judges […]

1 Samuel 7:2-17

Download sermon 1 Samuel 7:2-17 Text Comment Now, it is important to see the chapter we are about to read in its larger context as the first part of the narrative of the origin of the monarchy in Israel. The chapter relates how, after a period of national apostasy, Samuel called Israel back to the […]

1 Samuel 6:1-7:1

Download sermon 1 Samuel 6:1-7:1 Text Comment v.2       “diviners” Divination, the so-called science of discovering beforehand the will of the gods was forbidden in Israel. Israel had God’s Word and was to live according to it. And, mostly, the Bible regards divination as a crock. But, from time to time, the Lord uses it to […]

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

Audio:   Download Audio 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 […]