Yearly Archives: 2017


Moving Forward Looking Backward, Jeremiah 6:16

Download audio Jeremiah 6:16 Download sermon I’m reading but a single verse, but first a word about its context. Jeremiah was preaching one of his many sermons exposing the unbelief and the disobedience of the Jews of his day. They had accommodated the true faith of Moses to the surrounding paganism. Worshipping other gods than […]


Saved to Worship, 1 Peter 2:4-10

Download audio 1 Peter 2:4-10 Download sermon Text Comment v.5       Take note of Peter’s assumption, so common among the writers of the NT, that the worship of the ancient church, the temple, the Levitical sacrifices, and so on were evangelical worship. We can use the language of that worship to describe what we Christians do […]


The Final Scene, Gen 50:1-26

Download audio Genesis 50:1-26 Download sermon Text Comment v.1       Remember, God had promised Jacob, when he left Canaan for Egypt that his long-lost son Joseph would “close his eyes.” Now we are reading the fulfillment of that promise. The strong bond between Joseph and Jacob is expressed once more in this dramatic deathbed scene, unparalleled […]


Craving Food, 1 Peter 2:1-3

Download audio 1 Peter 2:1-3 Download sermon Text Comment v.1       Take note that the particular sins mentioned all have to do with sins against the community of faith. All of these sins are sins against others, and, in context, particularly other Christians. They are the opposite of the “sincere brotherly love” that Peter had urged […]


The Testament of Jacob, Gen 49:1-33

Download audio Genesis 49:1-33 Download sermon Text Comment v.1       “…in days to come” literally “in the latter days,” a phrase that only appears in prophetic contexts. Jacob was giving a prophecy here. v.4       Once again in Genesis, the eldest son (as before Cain, Ishmael, Esau, and Er) lost his privileged position because of his sin. […]


The Telos of Christian Education, 1 Cor 13:1-13

Download audio 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Download sermon COVENANT HIGH SCHOOL Evening Service In explaining what we are about at Covenant High School we use terminology that has now become commonplace in the promotional literature of Christian education.  We talk about inculcating a “Christian worldview.”  We speak of our education being offered from “a biblical perspective.”  […]


The Holy Land, Gen 47:28-31

Download audio Genesis 47:28-31 Download sermon Text Comment v.28     That is, Jacob lived in Egypt with Joseph the same number of years that Joseph had lived with his father in Canaan before he was sold into slavery by his brothers (cf. 37:2). v.29     You remember the similar form of oath taken by Abraham’s servant in […]


Blessing the World, Gen 47:1-28

Download audio Genesis 47:1-28 Download sermon Text Comment v.4       As Joseph had foreseen, Pharaoh asked the brothers about their occupation and they replied as Joseph had coached them to reply (46:31-34). That they came “to sojourn” in Egypt indicates that they did not intend to remain there permanently. v.6       The audience went very well. The […]


The Life of Joy, 1 Peter 1:3-9

Download audio 1 Peter 1:3-9 Download sermon Text Comment If either Paul or Peter had Mrs. Tamminga for their writing teacher, they would have had their fingers rapped for run-on sentences. Actually vv. 3-9 are one sentence in Greek. They are broken up by the translators of the ESV into five separate sentences. But it […]


Reading the Signs, Gen 43:1-34

Download audio Genesis 43:1-34 Download sermon This 43rd chapter continues the story begun in chapter 42. Here begins the account of the second journey of Jacob’s sons to Egypt, which account will not be concluded until 45:15. The chapter divisions, of course, are arbitrary – they were added long after the Bible was complete – […]


Peter, 1 Peter 1:1-2

Download audio 1 Peter 1:1-2 Download sermon Text Comment v.1       If you consult the map in the back of your Bible you will find that these areas are found in the northern half of Asia Minor, present day Turkey. Interestingly, they were largely areas in which the Apostle Paul did not minister. Eusebius, the 4th […]


God’s Faithfulness and Ours, Gen 41:41-57

Download audio Genesis 41:41-57 Download sermon Text Comment v.42     So many things in this particular narrative – for example, the details of life and government service in Egypt in those days — have been confirmed by archeological research. The title “Royal Seal-Bearer” was well known in the Egyptian bureaucracy. Similarly linen is known to have […]