In League with Egypt (Study Passage: 1 Kings 3-4)

This week our study begins with Solomon making a treaty with Egypt.  In the Old Testament it is helpful to keep in mind that Egypt pictures the unbelieving world.  The Wilderness is a picture of the believer out of fellowship with his God. The land of Canaan is an illustration...

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Who can you trust? (Study Passage: 1 Kings 1-2)

It is a joy to begin studying 1Kings together.  This study reminds us that we cannot blame others for our situation, but we must be accountable for our own decisions.  Dr. Wiersbe has appropriately titled this study “Be Responsible.”  In his introduction he writes . . . An ancient proverb...

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Behold the Man (Study Passage: Matthew 27:27-66)

It seems almost irreverent to write words attempting to describe the scene at Calvary.  Think about it.  Meditate on it.  Grieve and weep. WHO was being crucified?  Not the best of men, not a criminal, not the worst of men, but the eternally pure and spotless Son of God.  The...

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Three Places

Study Passage: Matthew 26:1-56 The public teaching is over. The miracles are done. In verses 1-5 we read the sobering account of the chief priests, scribes, and elders plotting to kill the Lord Jesus (a capital offense) but being careful not to violate feast day protocol (a “misdemeanor”) that might...

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The Olivet Discourse

Study Passage: Matthew 24:1-44 This remarkable passage of Scripture sheds much light on things to come, but faulty interpretation has caused it to be the source of confusion and doctrinal error. The core mistake is a failure to observe the clear Biblical distinction between Israel and the Church.  In very...

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Eight “Woes”

Study Passage: Matthew 23 To get a vivid idea of how the Bible uses the word “woe,” read Revelation 8-9.  This word precedes unimaginably horrible calamities on the earth during the Tribulation.  It is also the word Isaiah uses in chapter 6 when He saw the thrice Holy God and...

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Rejection

Study Passage: Matthew 21:1-22:14 “And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,” ~ Matthew 21:15 This section marks the finality of Israel’s rejection of their...

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A Ruler, a Parable, a Mother

Study Passage: Matthew 19:16-20:34 “What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” ~ Matthew 19:16 “Which [commandment]?” ~ Matthew 19:18 “What lack I yet?” ~ Matthew 19:20 A young ruler asks Jesus three questions and our Lord responds with three explanations. When the disciples process His words, they suppose...

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