Jesus, The Way of Escape (Isaiah 7 & 9)

Isaiah was written over 700 years before Jesus. He’s been referred to as the “prophet of redemption,” and how appropriate it is that Isaiah’s name means, "YAHWEH is salvation".  Isaiah’s desperate warning of coming judgment and the consequence of sin is starkly contrasted with the option of turning to God and receiving grace.

God remains the same yesterday, today, and forever. His message has not changed. His heart and desire for His people to experience good remains and He extends a way of escape from judgment in and through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Although Isaiah did not know Jesus' name, he did know of a coming redeemer and that truly YAHWEH is salvation. Hence, inspired by the Holy Spirit he wrote of things to come.

A Tale of Two Goats, The Perfect Alibi

Need a scapegoat? (An innocent someone or something to shift the blame on.) God knows we all need a scapegoat, so He provided us with the perfect alibi…

In Leviticus chapter 16 we find a tale of two goats. Leviticus 16:7-10 tell us that the high priest was to cast lots on two goats (kind of like drawing straws). One goat was sacrificed for the sins of the people and its blood sprinkled on the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies. The other goat was set free outside the city wall, this was the scapegoat.

We See Jesus: Issac, A Picture of Jesus

Jesus is the very essence of the Scriptures

To read a prophecy in the Old Testament and then to see how Jesus perfectly and completely fulfilled it provides strength, confidence, and security for the Christian's soul and mind.  

Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, King of kings and Lord of lords, our Savior and Redeemer! We've seen Jesus from the beginning – God’s Word spoken in Genesis 1:1 (see also, John 1:1); the promise of a Redeemer in Genesis 3:15; and throughout the book of Job; and now we find Him here in the life of Isaac.

A Remedy for Same 'ol, Same 'ol

We're just finishing up the book of Nehemiah in our Cover2Cover reading, so that's what we looked at during our weekly Friday Bible study.

We’ve all experienced the feeling of same ‘ol, same ‘ol – even in our spiritual lives. The book of Nehemiah provides a beautiful picture of our Christian walk and the need each of us has for revival… But why is it essential, how do we “get” it, and what does it look like?

We Need Revival Because…