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Saturday, November 07, 2020

God's Marvelous Patience with the Church (2020.11.07 Pastoral Letter and Hopewell Herald)

Hopewell Herald – November 7, 2020

Dear Congregation,

I've been in Old Testament narrative a lot lately, so humanly speaking, it wasn't hard to guess what was happening when officials from the counties that contain Atlanta saw that the vote wasn't going well and suddenly said, "y'all just look so tired... wink wink... just go home... wink wink... get some rest... wink wink... and we'll see what the total is in the morning"

And, humanly speaking, it wasn't difficult to guess what was happening when NC, PA, MI, and WI followed suit. Knowing man from God’s Word fosters a certain, biblical incredulity.

Because the Bible is honest about what men are like, it gives us a healthy suspicion of men. Our Lord Jesus entrusted Himself not to men, because He knew what was in them (John 2:24). Especially when it comes to the rise and fall of earthly rulers, these OT narratives teach us that while not all conspiracy theories are true, the fact of conspiracy is a Bible truth rather than a mere theory, especially as touches resisting the reign of Christ (Psalm 2:1–3).

But one of the things that OT narrative also teaches us is that it's utter folly to consider the rise and fall of earthly reigns in a merely “humanly speaking” manner. These reigns do not rise and fall upon the success and failure of the conspiracies.

World history is guided especially as a function of God’s response to the purity or impurity of His church on earth. It is especially the purity of worship (first great commandment) and execution of righteous justice (second great commandment) with which the Lord is concerned, and especially as touches His church.

To put it bluntly: an honest reading of the Bible will bring you to the conclusion that all those Reformed distinctives—no images, the necessity of weighty/reverent worship, consecration of the entire Lord’s Day—that take a hammering in (ostensibly) Reformed credentials exams for pastors (across multiple denominations now) are actually the things that God cares about the most. The sins with which He is most furious. The things for which we most needed Christ to die.

It is not true that, as one famous pastor recently claimed, pride in the heart is not as bad as murder in the hand. But, when we read God’s own responses in Scripture, we find that lawlessness (5th commandment), murder (6th), perversion (7th), theft (8th), falsehood (9th), and coveting (10th) are less offensive to God than Sabbath-breaking (4th), blaspheming (3rd), or creativity in worship (2nd).

It is for the violation of those first-table sins that He gives men over to the second table sins. It is time for churches like ours to be honest and to repent. He has given us over to second-table sins on a large scale, and the church’s response has been to begin by indulging unbelievers in the church for generations (seeker-oriented, or nominal-friendly worship), until those unbelievers became our preachers, and actually began scrupling those first table sins in their Presbytery exams.

We are right to think that it is a calamity that a post-Christian nation’s “election” may go to the candidate who can lie, cheat, and steal the best. But, we must not allow this to blind us to the fact that what is happening in the churches is a much greater calamity. Huge chunks of the church are papist (antichrist), mainline liberal (pagan), and charismatic (spiritist/new-age/superstitious).

But of them to whom much has been given much is required. There is a real sense in which the decline in the Reformed, Presbyterian churches is the most calamitous of all. That part which ought to have been the most sound has descended for generations into those things which God most hates.

How astonishing has God’s patience been! Yes, alas, how far America has fallen. And even more, alas, how far the churches have fallen—and especially the Reformed churches! But, let us consider Him who yet bears with us, and who has even granted some measure of reformation to our own congregation.

And let us rejoice over His patience, and be stirred up to greater love to Him who has so loved us, and greater joy and peace in His patient persistence and powerful grace toward us!

God’s Word is brutally honest enough to enable us to think plainly about what is going on in the world. We can smell the dishonesty a mile away (and not think, by the way, that those who are most skilled at it are the only ones engaged in it).

But how tragic it will be if we use this characteristic of Scripture only as a window to the world and forget that it is a mirror for the church (cf. James 1:19–25). This is a far more important use of Scripture.

And if we do not make use of it now for humiliation and repentance before God, the calamity that is coming will make the calamity of American politics pale by comparison, in its comparative smallness.

Looking forward to rendering unto our patient and powerful God that glorious worship which is His due,


Hated Followers, Useful in the Hands of a Hated Savior (Family Worship, Gen 37:1–11)

Why does this passage place so much emphasis upon the increasing hatred and envy of Joseph by his brothers? Pastor leads his family in today's "Hopewell @Home" passage. In these eleven verses, we find the hatred and rejection of one through whom the Lord was saving the very ones doing the hating. After Christ had come and won our salvation, the apostles and evangelists proclaimed the hated Savior as the climax of a long line of those whom He had used in similar ways. Now, we can rejoice over His saving us, expect that He and we will be hated by others, and follow Him with joy and gratitude in whatever hatred we receive.

2020.11.07 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 37:1–11

Read Genesis 37:1–11

Questions from the Scripture text: What two things is Jacob’s dwelling land called in Genesis 37:1? How does Genesis 37:2 introduce the next section of Genesis? Whom does the text, then, immediately mention? How old is he? What is he doing? Which brothers, specifically, does he tell on? To whom? What does Genesis 37:3 call Jacob? How did he relate to Joseph? Why? What else did he do for him? Who saw this favoritism (Genesis 37:4)? How did they feel about Joseph for this? What couldn’t they even do? What did Joseph have in Genesis 37:5? Whom did he tell about it? How did they feel about Joseph for telling? What did he ask them to do in Genesis 37:6? What were they doing in the dream (Genesis 37:7)? What did Joseph’s sheaf do? What do their sheaves do? What do his brothers ask in response (Genesis 37:8)? And how do they feel about him for his dream? What happens in Genesis 37:9? Whom does he tell? What was the content of this dream? Whom else does he tell, along with them, in Genesis 37:10? How does his father respond? What does he ask? How does Genesis 37:11 summarize the family relationships? 

Sometimes, we get distracted by questions of application in passages like this. Joseph’s folly in singling out the sons of the maidservant-wives for a bad report (Genesis 37:2). Jacob’s folly in dividing Israel with favoritism (Genesis 37:3). And the folly of Joseph sharing such dreams with brothers who already hated him (Genesis 37:5-7Genesis 37:9-10). 

But the passage itself gives us a repeated vocabulary clue about what the main point of the passage is. “They hated him and could not speak peaceably to him” (Genesis 37:4). “They hated him even more” (Genesis 37:5). “So they hated him even more” (Genesis 37:8).  “And his brothers envied him” (Genesis 37:11). In the Hebrew, it’s even more stark, as the word for “even more” is the same root as the name “Joseph,” and the word for “envied” in verse 11 is only one consonant different than “hated.” 

There is much to be learned from the other aspects of the text, but the main point is clear. THEY. HATED. HIM.

This is how Stephen understands this passage in his wonderful sermon on Christ, the hated-One who delivers God’s people. In that sermon in Acts 7, Stephen presents Abraham, Moses, and the prophets as those who anticipated “the Just One” of whom the Jews had become murderers at the cross (cf. Acts 7:51–52). He summarizes the entire Joseph narrative as, “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles” (cf. Acts 7:9–10) and used him to deliver Israel from famine, along with all of Egypt and Canaan (cf. Acts 7:11–16). And, of course, the Jews promptly hated and murdered Stephen himself for being the one through whom the saving gospel was announced to them!

The Spirit by whom Stephen spoke interprets for us His own words here in Genesis 37, and keeps us from missing the obvious cues that the passage gives us. Our Savior is a hated Savior. Just as Joseph was hated, hated even more, and hated even more, so also our Lord Jesus is the Light who “was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:9–10). 

So, let us guard our own hearts, that we would not be hostile to those whom the Lord sends us with His saving Word. And let us not be surprised if the fiery trial comes upon us as well. Our Lord Jesus will be despised, but He is the glorious Savior, and we must be willing to suffer with Him (cf. Hebrews 13:12–14), ashamed neither of Him nor His words (cf. Luke 9:22–26).

What did Christ endure from the Jews for you? What might you have the privilege to endure for Him? How will you prepare your mind and heart for when that time comes?

Suggested songs: ARP22A “My God, My God” or TPH352 “Man of Sorrows, What a Name!”

Friday, November 06, 2020

2020.11.06 Hopewell @Home ▫ Luke 9:37–45

Read Luke 9:37–45

Questions from the Scripture text: How long after the transfiguration is Luke 9:37? Where do they come? Who meets Jesus? Who cries out to Jesus in behalf of whom in Luke 9:38? What is happening to his son (Luke 9:39)? Whom has he asked for help (Luke 9:40)? With what result? In response, what does Jesus call whom (Luke 9:41)? What does He ask them as a group? What does He tell the man to do? What happened when Jesus approached the child (Luke 9:40)? What does Jesus do to the spirit? To the child? To the father? At what were all amazed in Luke 9:43? At what were they marveling? Who talked to whom? How does Jesus preface His statement to them (Luke 9:44)? What does He say is about to happen to Whom? How do the disciples receive His statement (Luke 9:45)? Why didn’t they ask Him to explain it?

In a parallel passage, Jesus tells the disciples that the reason that they couldn’t cast the demon out was because of their unbelief (cf. Matthew 17:20). And Peter just yesterday had to be reminded from heaven who Jesus is and that he should therefore listen to Him (cf. Luke 9:35). So, it is not actually as surprising as we might originally think to hear Jesus’s outburst in Luke 9:41.

But He has more on His mind than the persisting unbelief of the eleven. One of them is about to betray Him into the hands of men (Luke 9:44). Men who are fallen in Adam. Men who are susceptible to harm and death and demons (as this child was, and his helpless father) because they are ultimately Hell-deserving. 

It's a real question with a glorious answer: “how long shall I be with you and bear with you?” The answer is: until He has atoned for their sin, earned their blessedness, and accomplished their redemption.

It is shameful that we are not more amazed at our Lord Jesus. Here, the people were amazed at the earthly relief given to one child (Luke 9:43a), but our Lord Himself turns and reminds His disciples that He has come for so much more (verse 43b). 

Christ has defeated sin and death and Satan himself! Oughtn’t we be amazed more? Oughtn’t we marvel more? The Lord grant that we could not rightly be called an “unbelieving and perverse generation.”

How does confidence in Jesus and amazement at Jesus show up in your worship? In your work?

Suggested songs: ARP72A “God, Give Your Judgments to the King” or TPH172 “Speak, O Lord”

Thursday, November 05, 2020

The Bowls of Incense in Heaven and the Prayers of Saints on Earth (Prayer Meeting Devotional in Revelation 5:8)

Praise and prayer are joined together on earth. Praise and prayer are joined together in heaven. And praise and prayer join earth and heaven together.

The Spirit-Filled Life of the Spirit-Filled Wife (Family Worship in Eph 5:22–24)

What does the Spirit-filled life look like? What is the first battleground of Spiritual warfare? Pastor leads his family in today's "Hopewell @Home" passage. In these three verses, we find the glorious role God has given Spirit-filled wives in displaying the power and reign of King Jesus.

2020.11.05 Hopewell @Home ▫ Ephesians 5:22–24

Read Ephesians 5:22–24

Questions from the Scripture text: Whom does the apostle first address (Ephesians 5:22a) about living the spirit-filled life (cf. Ephesians 5:18)? What does the apostle tell them to do? To whom? As unto Whom? What relation does Ephesians 5:23 say the husband has to the wife? In the same way as Whom else to whom else? What else has Christ done for the church? What does verse 23 call the church? What relationship of the church to Christ does Ephesians 5:24 mention? Who else has that relationship to Whom? 

We want to live the Spirit-filled life (Ephesians 5:18). We want to walk as light that have been transformed from being darkness (Ephesians 5:8). We want to wage powerfully the spiritual war (Ephesians 6:10–13). In what arena are such lofty aspirations to be pursued? 

In everyday marriage (Ephesians 5:22–33), parenting (Ephesians 6:1-4), and work (Ephesians 6:5-9).

In the epistle, as often in life, it starts with a godly, cheerful, diligent wife. And the Scripture here summarizes those things in one word: submission. The whole of the wife’s relation to her husband is summarized up front as submission.

Now, that’s counter-cultural. And not just in post-feminism America. That fleshly desire to control the husband like sin desired to control Cain (cp. Genesis 3:16b with Genesis 4:7b) was the first named consequence of the fall into sin and misery.

But do you know what else is counter-cultural? Submitting to the Lord Jesus (Ephesians 5:22b). By the end of verse 22, the apostle has demolished contemporary attempts to interpret away genuine submission from the marriage relationship. “As to the Lord.” It must mean obedience (cf. Titus 2:5), and yielding to instruction and direction, for attempts to remove this will undo these things from submission to the Lord. 

Thankfully, the wife’s submission is not a bare submission to the husband, but rather a part of the whole of her submission to the Lord Jesus. And, He will save her—in many cases, even from the misery of marriage to an ungodly man (Ephesians 5:23, cf. 1 Peter 3:1–6). The submission of the Christian wife isn’t merely her being “a good wife” unto her husband; it is her being “a godly woman” unto her Lord Jesus. 

Therefore, this submission needs to be cheerful. Not merely the gritting of the teeth to do things the right way because she feels that she must. But the joyous response to her Redeemer, her Savior. “He is the Savior of the body” (Ephesians 5:23), and a Christian woman loves Him because He has first loved her (1 John 4:19). It is out of this love for Him that she keeps His commandments and doesn’t find them burdensome (1 John 5:3). “Just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands.” That “just as” presents the great struggle of the Christian wife’s submission: that though her sin feels like a burden to her, the submission itself would be not a burden but a joy. 

Godly submission. Cheerful submission. Finally, diligent submission. Ephesians 5:24 ends with, “in everything.” One of the hardest things about being a Christian wife is that once she is married, she is one-flesh with her husband until death parts them. In every moment of the rest of their lives, she must act as his wife. It is similar to how, when someone is a Christian, there are no moments off. There are no situations in which he is just a regular person or his own person. In everything, now, he is someone who belongs to Christ. Diligent submission. Wives are (not “let,” as the NKJV inserts) subject to their husbands in everything.

In no area is there more obvious need for the light of Christ, for the filling of the Spirit, for the power of God to equip the Christian in spiritual war, than in the Christian wife’s submission to her husband. 

Who/what tells you differently about marriage than Scripture? How can a girl/lady prepare and equip her mind and heart to follow such a design? What will turn this into a joy for her instead of a burden?

Suggested songs: ARP45B “Daughter, Incline Your Ear” or TPH45A “My Heart Is Greatly Stirred”

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

2020.11.04 Hopewell @Home ▫ 1 Samuel 22:6–23

Read 1 Samuel 22:6–23

Questions from the Scripture text: What did Saul hear in 1 Samuel 22:6? Where was he? Who was with him, and what did he promise them (1 Samuel 22:7)? Of what does he accuse them (1 Samuel 22:8)? Whom else does he accuse of this? Who answers (1 Samuel 22:9)? What does he say (1 Samuel 22:10)? What does Saul do in 1 Samuel 22:11? How does Ahimelech answer him (1 Samuel 22:12)? Of what does Saul accuse him (1 Samuel 22:13)? What does Ahimelech say about David in 1 Samuel 22:14? What did he say had not started during David’s recent visit (1 Samuel 22:15)? What did he claim, with respect to David’s running from Saul or potentially rising against him? What does Saul say will happen in 1 Samuel 22:16? To whom? Whom does Saul tell to do what in 1 Samuel 22:17? What reasoning does he give? With what evidence? How did the guards/servants of the king respond? Whom did Saul now command to do it in 1 Samuel 22:18? How did he respond? To how many? Of whom? How are the priests described at the end of verse 18? Whom else did he kill, from what city, and which types of people, and even what else (1 Samuel 22:19)? Who escaped (1 Samuel 22:20)? Where did he go? Whom did he tell about what (1 Samuel 22:21)? What had David suspected would happen (1 Samuel 22:22)? What does David feel was his responsibility? What does he tell Abiathar to do (1 Samuel 22:23)? Why?

It's been about 20 chapters (and 45 or so years) since God pronounced just judgment upon Eli’s house (cf. 1 Samuel 2:31–33). Without downplaying the wickedness of Saul and Doeg, we can take to heart the reminder that sin has far-reaching consequences. The believer, and especially the believing head of household, ought to be constant in pleading God’s mercy to keep him in the path of righteousness and to overrule all of his sin and shortcomings. For apart from grace, if a Doeg were to slaughter our extended family in order to get in good with the powers that be, it would be no worse than we deserve and could rightly expect.

Now, back to not downplaying the wickedness of Saul and Doeg. As we are about to be taught in Genesis 37, all murderous hatred is ultimately hatred of God, and there is no one who is the target of this murderous hatred more than Christ.

In fact, to be associated with Christ is to be hated for His sake. “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.” John 15:18–21 (cf. John 16:1–4; John 17:14; 1 John 3:13; Matthew 10:21–25; Matthew 24:9).

Ahimelech had a good case of why to do David good and that he meant Saul no harm (1 Samuel 22:14–15), but he did not know that the mortal sin before Saul was even to be associated with “the son of Jesse” as Saul now calls him (1 Samuel 22:71 Samuel 22:81 Samuel 22:13) and Doeg so astutely follows (1 Samuel 22:9). Doeg understands the times and acts accordingly.

Even being a donkey that is associated with a group (Nob) that is associated with a family that includes a man who was associated with David was enough cause to be slaughtered. 

This is not merely what communism and fascism do to the enemies of the state or of “the party,” as is happening more and more in America. This is not merely what Islam has been zealously doing for a millennium and a half. This is what Satan has been doing to man from the beginning, simply for his being created in God’s image. This is what he has been doing to all who are the seed of the woman, what he tried to do to Christ, what he tries to do to all who are Christ’s.

So, we should expect it. Jesus told us to expect it. Taking up our cross is not only denying the desires and impulses of our flesh, but to live in full expectation that our fellowship with Christ will include having fellowship with His sufferings (cf. Luke 9:22–24; Philippians 3:10; Colossians 1:24). 

But we should also expect that there is, for us, the same safety as Abiathar (1 Samuel 22:23). Great David’s greater Son is the Shepherd with whom we are safe in death’s shadow, even in death itself, and for life forevermore!

In what ways do you expect to suffer for belonging to Christ? In what ways are you “staying with” Him? 

Suggested songs: ARP23B “The Lord’s My Shepherd” or TPH23A “The Lord’s My Shepherd”

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

2020.11.03 Hopewell @Home ▫ Ephesians 4:4–10

Read Ephesians 4:4–10

Questions from the Scripture text: What six things does Ephesians 4:4-5 tell us all believers have in common? Upon what final commonality does Ephesians 4:6 focus, and what does it say about Him? What was given to each believer (Ephesians 4:7a)? Who measured out gifts to each (verse 7b)? What does Ephesians 4:8 quote from Psalm 68? What does Ephesians 4:9 teach from the “he ascended” (cf. Psalm 139:15)? To where has He ascended (Ephesians 4:10a, cf. Ephesians 1:20–21)? What does He do from there, verse 10b, cf. Ephesians 1:23, Ephesians 2:19)? 

Next week’s Call to Worship, Prayer for Help, Song of Adoration, and Prayer of Confession all come from Ephesians 4:4–10, so that we will see that we are singing God’s thoughts after Him with Your Hand, O God, Has Guided.

We live in an age of human arrogance, human confidence in the human spirit. It is an age that celebrates diversity of purpose, diversity of thought, diversity of ethic. The days are evil (cf. Ephesians 5:16)—as the apostle calls it, “the present evil age” (Galatians 1:4).

But our Lord Jesus has descended to endure life in this world. He lived a perfectly obedient life, then died a victoriously sacrificial death—defeating Satan, sin, and death.

With us, the ascended Lord shares the spoils of His victory. When the church speaks the same things, believes the same things, and comes to the same judgments (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:10), we are enjoying the victory of our Lord Jesus. Unity in the body of Christ, and in His Spirit, and in the sure hope of being called to be like Him, which we at last shall be (Ephesians 4:4). Unity in subjection to Him, belief in Him, and being united to Him as signified/sealed in baptism (Ephesians 4:5). Unity in living for the glory of God, out of love unto our heavenly Father, enjoying life in dependence upon Him and fellowship with Him (Ephesians 4:6).

But how can the church be brought to such doctrinal (theology), ethical (morals), teleological (purpose) unity? By the Lord Jesus’s gift of His Word through both men by whom He caused it to be written and by whom He still causes it to be ministered unto this unity (Ephesians 4:11-13).

The Lord Jesus is guiding His church until at last we come to glory and attain to that heavenly unity. As we study His Word and seek that it would master our lives, we pursue a piece of heaven on earth. And this is worth losing that humanistic arrogance and pluralism that marks the present evil age.

What are some ways that your thinking or living have been more mastered by the Scripture lately?

Suggested songs: ARP1 “How Blessed the Man” or TPH416 “Your Hand, O God, Has Guided”

Monday, November 02, 2020

The Command to Be Filled with the Spirit in Congregational Singing and Conversation (2020.11.01 Evening Sermon in Eph 5:18–21)

We are commanded to put on being filled with the Spirit every bit as much as we are commanded to put off being drunk with wine. One great means by which this happens is the type of congregational singing that Scripture actually commands, which singing becomes a template for edifying Christian conversation.

Day of Worship 6: What is Missing (2020.11.01 Sabbath School)

Sabbath School lesson in Ryan McGraw's "The Day of Worship." In Chapter 6, we consider that the Sabbath combats our worldliness by presenting to us a full day of that which is missing from the worldly "Christian's" life.

The Difference That Death Makes: Living in the Light of Your and Christ's Deaths (2020.11.01 Morning Sermon in Gen 35:16–36:43)

2020.11.02 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 35:16–36:43

Read Genesis 35:16–36:43

Questions from the Scripture text: Where do they go in Genesis 35:16? Where are they about to arrive? But what happens to whom? What does the midwife say in Genesis 35:17? What was departing (Genesis 35:18)? Why? What did she call his name? What did his father call him? What happened to Rachel (Genesis 35:19)? By where? Who does what in Genesis 35:20? What does Genesis 35:21-22 call him? Where does he go? What happens in Genesis 35:22? Whom does Genesis 35:22-26 describe? To whom does Jacob come, where, in Genesis 35:27? How old was Isaac (Genesis 35:28)? What four things happen to Isaac in Genesis 35:29? Who buried him? Whose genealogy does chapter 36 give us? Whom does Genesis 36:2-3 describe? Who bore whom where, in Genesis 36:4-5? Then where did Esau go, with whom, in Genesis 36:6-8? Whom does Genesis 36:9-14 list? In what way is this list organized? What are they now called in Genesis 36:15-19? What nation inhabited Seir before the Edomites (Genesis 36:20)? What are their sons called in the list in Genesis 36:20-30? What kings begin to be listed from Genesis 36:31? What time period does this list of kings cover (verse 31b)? What are the names in Genesis 36:40-43 called (cf. 1 Chronicles 1:51–54)? How is the land described in Genesis 36:43? Who is the last person mentioned in the chapter?

One of the things that 2020 has taught us is that we are a people woefully unprepared for the one thing that will assuredly come to all of us: death. Dear reader, you will die. And you do not know when. The Lord, in His mercy, holds that reality before you in this passage.

Rachel died (Genesis 35:19). Her soul was departing (Genesis 35:18). It left this life, this world. It appeared in another. Suddenly, the most important thing—the only important thing—in her life was the condition of her soul. Had she been made right with God by Jesus Christ? Had He become hers, and had she become His, by faith?

Isaac died (Genesis 35:29). It’s an interesting statement: “and was gathered to his people.” Esau and Jacob buried their father, but Isaac had been gathered to his people. Those who had gone before him, and had died believing in the promised Seed of the woman, the promised Seed of Abraham—those were his people.

The kings of Edom died (Genesis 36:31–39). There are eight kings in this list “who reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the children of Israel” (Genesis 36:31). Israel foolishly thought that not having a king was a disadvantage to them (1 Samuel 8:19–20). But, as each of these Edomite kings learned, kings die. Their plans fail (cf. Psalm 146:3–4). Kings die. Do not be over-afraid of them. They can kill the body, but they cannot kill the soul. Their own soul, they cannot save. Kings die. Do not put your hope in them. Your hope will almost certainly die younger than they do, and even if not, your hope will then die with them.

Unbelievers die. The OT focuses primarily upon Israel, so we are sometimes unmindful of how many from the other nations have justly perished in their sins from the nations. It is sobering that all of these sons of Esau, all of these clans, perished outside of Christ. And that’s one, small, ancient-near-eastern country. Let us pray for the spread of the gospel, and send others with the gospel in our behalf, and ourselves be quick with the gospel to those around us. Unbelievers die!

We die because the wages of sin is death. In Adam, all sinned and all died. But there is another Adam, the last Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ. By His obedience, all who believe in Him are righteous. By His death and resurrection, all who believe in Him have eternal life. Christ has died! And this must make the difference in your own death.

What difference has Christ’s death made for your own death? What difference has death made in your life?

Suggested songs: ARP146 “Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah” or TPH159 “Abide with Me”