We conclude our series regarding our Christian sojourn or as have titled it, “Sojourning Under the Sun.” As we summarize and conclude this series an important question is: what is Israel? Is Israel someone who lived in history, a nation, a people in a land, or a people that have ceased to exist with the coming of Christ? These are important questions to define Israel. So, what do we do with the nation of Israel?
The book of Revelation concludes with a blessing, but there is a warning in the midst of the benediction. Why would John give us a warning in the midst of the blessing? Does this imply that we cannot freely draw near to the Lord?
The goal of the Christian life is to make it to the end of the age without turning from the Lord. How can we do this, and what assurance do we have that our Sabbath rest is worthwhile?
The Apostle Paul exhorts us to live a life to the Lord without stirring up controversy. Why would Paul say such things and what does Paul by living a peaceful and quiet life?
Peter and James greet the church in the dispersion. What is the dispersion? Why would they greet the church with such strange language? What can such language communicate about our Christian Sojourn?
We are getting towards the end of our series of Sojourning Under the Sun. The intention of this series is for us to consider our placement in the Lord. A very significant passage that covers our placement in the Lord is Ephesians 2 where the Apostle Paul makes clear that we have undergone a significant transformation in Christ.
The Apostle Paul has written many letters to new churches. His letters to the Corinthian church discloses that Paul is frustrated by the lack of unity in that church. The people claim elitism, they call attention to social class, they call attention to their giftedness, they fail to discipline those who need some Godly correction, and there are more issues that we can list. So, what is the positive solution? What is the church called to do as we sojourn together through this age?
Christ uses very strong language regarding our Christian life. He tells us that we are to actually hate our families. Is this a contradiction of the 5th commandment? I thought that we were to honor our parents? I thought that we were to love our Lord as first priority and love our neighbor as ourselves? How can Christ command us to hate our families?
Christ is invited to dine with the leader of the Pharisees. It seems that Christ’s ministry is moving in a positive direction where he is making inroads with the movers and shakers of the society. This seems to be underscored when we notice Luke tells us that the Phariesses were watching Him carefully. This has to mean that Christ is being accepted by significant people. Or is this banquet hosted for more nefarious reasons?
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a parable that certainly teaches us to be concerned for our neighbor, it teaches us to care for the physical needs as well as the spiritual, but is there a deeper meaning to this parable? In other words what other information can this parable be teaching us about the kingdom?