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Graves of Craving (Numbers 11:31-35)

Is complaining really that grave of a sin?

Chapter 11 of Numbers begins with complaining. The Israelites in the wilderness complain (we aren’t told about what) and God burns the outsides of the camp. The people cry out to Moses, who prays to God and the fire stops. Immediately after this episode, the mixed multitude that came out of Egypt with the Hebrews start to complain– about food –and the people of Israel take up the cry. In verse 10 it says that “Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent…”, which seems to indicate that a large portion of the Israelites had joined into the craving and complaining.

The people “despise” God by implying that He is not good, that rather Egypt was good.

Moses then joins in the complaining! Well, not exactly– he begins complaining, not about missing meat, but rather like a parent who’s “had it up to here” and is ready to quit, he complains to God: “Why have You put me in charge of this people!? I can’t deal with them! Just kill me now!” There is no doubt however, at least in my mind, that Moses’ complaint was different in kind than the sinful complaining of the people. The people grumble against God, whereas Moses talks directly to God. The people “despise” God by implying that He is not good, that rather Egypt was good (which requires some serious forgetfulness of the slave labor, starvation and murder of their children, not to mention forgetting how God saved them). Moses complains against the people, and recognizes that he is not capable of dealing with them. Does he perhaps sin, or come very close to sinning, by challenging God’s decision to put him in charge of the people? Maybe, but he also seems to put the failure at his own feet, and asks God to take him. God’s response is telling. He gives other leaders to help Moses rule the people, and He declares that He will punish the complaining cravers, in a very fitting way, by giving them exactly what they want:

[18]…And say to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, and you will eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat, for life was good for us in Egypt?” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat. [19] You will eat, not just one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, [20] but a whole month, until it comes out your nostrils and makes you sick, because you have despised the Lord who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we ever come out of Egypt?”’”…[24] So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. …

Now we arrive at our arced passage. God brings quail, blows them in from the ocean and they land all around the camp. The people go out to gather and there is a huge amount. They lay them out, lick their chops, take a big bite, “But while the meat was still between their teeth, before they chewed it, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very great plague.” (vs 33)

Wait…what? I thought that having to eat meat until it “comes out of your nostrils and makes you sick” was the punishment for the craving and complaining. And it seemed a very fitting punishment. What happened? Take a look at verse 24: “So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord…” Moses told them what God had said. Moses told them that they were sinning in their craving and complaining. Moses told them there was a punishment coming and what that punishment was. The proper response of the people to being rebuked, to being confronted with their shocking ungratefulness and despising of the God of the Universe, should have been shame, remorse and repentance. But there is no response that we are privy to. They seem to miss the point completely, hearing only that meat is coming. They add sin to sin. Instead of turning from their sin and repenting they continue on the same path of craving, and so beg an even fiercer punishment than the first; a final punishment on those who craved, that serves as yet another warning to everyone else.

The proper response of the people to being confronted with their shocking ungratefulness and despising of the God of the Universe, should have been shame, remorse and repentance.

They call the name of the place “קִבְרוֹת הַתַּאֲוָה” Graves of Craving, because there they buried the people who craved. They didn’t put their sins of craving and complaining to death, but followed them down to the graves and were buried with them. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a). Like all of Israel’s wilderness wandering, this episode serves as a serious warning to us. What cravings tempt you? When you are tempted, do you turn your eyes away from God and allow your cravings to supplant Him in your heart? When you cannot get what you crave, do you start to complain? “For the wages of [your] sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). So take the warning seriously, but do not despair! Your sins have been buried with Jesus, and He gives you the strength to bury your cravings and complaints.

Chronological Read

The Chess Master (Psalms 2)

The following Devotional study was submitted as a student project by Eric Kim, for The Theology of Biblical Poetry: Advanced Arcing/Bracketing online course. To find out more about online courses and to see what courses are currently available, click here.

 

Let’s say that I am playing chess with a Grand Master (and that I am an amateur). I am getting ready to attack one of the Grand Master’s good pieces. He then makes a move—that doesn’t protect it! I know that he sees my intention to attack that piece, so it is hard to understand his move… until the game is played out to the end.

Here is a picture of God being the Grand Master…

Here in Psalm 2 is a picture of God being the Grand Master, and humanity making a rebellious move against God by wanting to be their own gods. Nations and armies rise against Him and God’s response is that He appoints His Son as King over all (Psalms 2:6). How calmly and wisely and lovingly He responds to this situation that would make me cringe! Moreover He appoints the Son’s authority to be supreme over the entire world. No one will fully understand this “move” until the end of time. This majestic display of God’s power leads me to ask if I have been testing God in wanting to choose sin over Him. Will I make the Son mad who can break the entire world like a fragile glass? Therefore be filled with awe and change your allegiance away from the world, and from autonomy, to the Son.

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Nothing New, Nothing More Glorious. (Romans 1:1-7, part 2)

Paul was not a volunteer for the gospel; he was set apart for the gospel. In other words, to announce the good news became a purpose in his life. As Peter said:

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV

Paul’s gospel was not a different one than the one the other apostles preached. His gospel was about Jesus, in whom we have found, perfectly expressed, the excellencies of God. This gospel was not a new recipe or invention, but “just” a restatement of the promises found in the Old Testament through the prophets, the good news about the Son of God, the Messiah.

This Jesus, Son of David and Son of God, human and divine, who was crucified in weakness, died as a man, and resurrected in the power of God, is Paul’s Lord. He is the one who did not commit sin, but yet died for our sins.

This is the Gospel. The Lord is inviting the rebels (the sinners, you and me) to receive His grace and forgiveness, to submit to His kingdom, to live in obedience to the faith in Him because we love Him. It is a calling to belong to Him. This is not about feeling religious, but about stating allegiance.

Jew or non-Jew, man or woman, rich or poor, no matter who you are, you are invited to hear God’s good news about His Son. The most important thing in your life, in order to know who you are, is to know to whom you belong.

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Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Josué Pineda

My Credentials in One Word (Romans 1:1-7)

What are your credentials? What qualifies you for the position you hold, the rank you have achieved, or the work you do?

The introductory paragraphs of the book of Romans, as is typical for Paul’s writings, are full of content. He writes about his identity in Christ, about the recipients and about God, and he writes about these things even more than he does in the introductions to his other letters. In this particular case, he also includes detailed information about the gospel.

What are your credentials?

Paul introduces himself as a slave belonging to the Messiah. If we were to focus on just this portion we would already have much to say, but for now let me simply point to the fact that introducing himself in this way automatically introduces Jesus as his Lord. Paul also presents himself as one who was called to be an apostle. He did not decide to be an apostle, nor a part of the delegation that Jesus chose, nor to volunteer to be sent on behalf of the Messiah. He was rescued, while being a rebel against the kingdom. He was set apart. He was taken from the inner side of the gates of Hades and brought to the kingdom of Jesus’ marvelous light, to officially announce the praises of Him who rescued him.

So what are Paul’s credentials? As he introduces himself to the Romans, we see that all of his credentials are connected to Jesus; His identity and His work. Paul’s credentials can be summed up in one word: Jesus.

What about you? Who are you in Christ? What are your credentials?

Comparison of methods

Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Josué Pineda

Fall Courses 2015

Open for Enrollment

Announcing the three 2015 Fall II courses on Biblearc. As always, our courses are online and interactive. May they help you dig deeper into the inexhaustible riches of God’s Word.

Fall II courses (Nov/Dec)

Introduction to Bracketing

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Introduction to Bracketing
Determining Main Point and Structure
Nov 3rd – Dec 22nd

This online, interactive course lays out the foundational concepts and structures necessary to begin using the Bracketing Bible study method. It features personal and extensive feedback on seven different assignments. We will take a hands-on approach to learning as we work through the first chapter of the Letter to the Philippians together.

Course details | Enrollment page

Didactics course

Learn to prepare a teaching from your study

Didactics
Preparing a Teaching from an Arc, Bracket or Phrase
Nov 4th – Dec 9th

This course will focus on insights that go into taking your study of the text via Arcing, Bracketing or Phrasing and turning it into a teaching. We will wrestle through how to be faithful to the Bible and relevant to the culture, and weigh the interplay between declaring truths and proving that those truths indeed come from the text of scripture. This will be both a practical course with attention to process as well as a discussion of big picture principles.

Course details | Enrollment page

The Island of Crete

Introduction to Phrasing
Tracing the Arguments of Scripture
Nov 3rd – Dec 22nd

Students will learn all of the facets of phrasing and draw theological insights from Titus. Phrasing is an excellent tool for determining a biblical author’s main point and how he supports it. The course is designed for everyone from pastors to interested lay-people.

Course details | Enrollment page

Eternal Salvation For Those Who Obey Him. (Heb 4:13-5:10, Part 2)

In Hebrews 5:9, the writer says that Jesus, having suffered and been made perfect, became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him. What does it mean to ‘obey him’? What can we learn from the context?
 
We are told in the preceeding verse that Jesus himself learned obedience – I think this means he gained a full appreciation of human obedience – through what he suffered. And in the verse preceeding that we see that Jesus’ response to suffering was not to have a stiff upper lip and soldier on, but to reverently, earnestly, desperately, cry out to God for help. Jesus lived in close dependence on His Father.

Jesus’ response to suffering was not to have a stiff upper lip and soldier on, but to reverently, earnestly, desperately, cry out to God for help.

We see a similar theme in Heb 4:16, where the readers are exhorted to draw near to the throne of grace for help in their time of need. God has provided them with His Son as a sympathetic yet perfect representative, now enthroned in heaven. Our weakness is well known: we are to draw near, depending on his grace, for help.

So what does it mean to obey him? It includes, at least, a life of urgent yet reverent fellowship with God, expresssed through earnest prayer. In our day to day lives, we are the needy – we are completely exposed before God (Heb 4:13) – and we obey him by drawing near to His throne, through His Son our great high priest, for help.

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Online Course: Bracketing—Determining Main Point and Structure

Nov 3rd – Dec 22nd

This online, interactive course lays out the foundational concepts and structures necessary to begin using the Bracketing Bible study method. It features personal and extensive feedback on seven different assignments. We will take a hands-on approach to learning as we work through the first chapter of the Letter to the Philippians together.

Note: This course features the new discourse module, redesigned to make learning easier by leaps and bounds.

Tuition

Basic enrollment  $59 ($49 with early enrollment)
Discussion enrollment  $99 ($89 with early enrollment)  recommended
One-on-one enrollment  $149 ($139 with early enrollment)

Enrollees to this course will receive 2 free months of The Biblearc Subscription.

Interactive lectures This course includes seven interactive, 1-hour lectures, in addition to an introductory lecture the first week. You may watch these lectures live, or at your convenience. One-on-one and Discussion enrollment students will be invited to participate in the lectures via online video chat. Live lecture recording times will be scheduled in coordination with these students the first week of the course and then announced to all students.

Length  This is a 8-week course.

Prerequisites  None

Discussion enrollment  In addition to lectures and feedback, discussion enrollment gives you a one-hour group discussion time each week with the instructor of the course. Groups are made up of 5-9 students. Rated 4.5 / 5 stars in significance by former discussion enrollees.

Group time options Sun @ 6pm | Wed @ 7pm
(All times in CDT. Click to view them in your local time.)

One-on-one enrollment  One-on-one enrollment allows you to enjoy a half hour of one-on-one time with the instructor each week, in addition to the standard provisions of the course. Rated 5 / 5 stars in significance by former one-on-one enrollees.

Assignments This course includes seven extensive, biblically-rooted assignments which will be promptly corrected by the instructor and returned each week.

PinedaAndy HubertInstructors  Andy Hubert is the creator of Biblearc and lecturer of Greek at Israel College of the Bible. Andy holds a Masters of Pastoral and Biblical Studies from Bethlehem College and Seminary. Josué Pineda (who will be correcting assignments and leading discussion groups and one-on-one times) has worked as a pastor and church planter in Honduras, was the Director for Honduras of Precept International Ministries, and has spearheaded Biblearc’s Arcing courses in Spanish.

Work load  Between the lectures (1 hr/wk) and assignments (~3 hrs/wk), participants should expect to spend approximately 4 hours per week on this course.

Grading This course uses a 100 point grading system for all assignments. Students who complete this course with a display of proficiency in Bracketing will receive an indication of this on their Biblearc account. This will allow people searching shared work the ability to find the arcs and brackets of those users who have had training in these methods. (still in development)

Google Hangouts This course uses Google’s “Hangouts on Air” to facilitate the live lectures, and ordinary Google Hangouts to facilitate discussion groups. All Discussion group and One-on-one enrollees will be required to register for a free Google+ account if they do not already have one. (We will provide you information on how to do so.)

From former students

“No Bible study method has helped me see and enjoy more in God’s Word than arcing and bracketing. The bracketing class covered the basics of the method while also encouraging the student to excel still more. I’m grateful to God for Biblearc.com.”

“This class was terrific! I often think I see the connections among verses of scripture, but sometimes have a hard time drawing out the actual relationship. This class really helped me “connect the dots.” Arcing and bracketing have quickly become one of the most used arrows in my quiver of bible study tools.”

“This course is, in my opinion, a necessary investment for any serious preacher and Bible study leader who does not have prior experience in bracketing. Bracketing offers so much to the process of exegesis and sermon preparation – and for the price of this course and what you get in return, it will be one of the most worthwhile uses of your money.”

“Learning the bracketing method has not only helped me to dig deeper for more insight into God’s word, but it has really helped to ground both my mind and heart in it!”

100% of former students surveyed recommend this course to others!

Additional information: What is Bracketing | Request a Scholarship | Give a Scholarship | Refund Policy

Online Course: Didactics—Preparing a Teaching from an Arc, Bracket or Phrase

Nov 4th – Dec 9th

This course will focus on insights that go into taking your study of the text via Arcing, Bracketing or Phrasing and turning it into a teaching. We will wrestle through how to be faithful to the Bible and relevant to the culture, and weigh the interplay between declaring truths and proving that those truths indeed come from the text of scripture. This will be both a practical course with attention to process as well as a discussion of big picture principles.

Tuition

Basic enrollment  $59 ($49 with early enrollment)
Discussion enrollment  $99 ($89 with early enrollment)  recommended
One-on-one enrollment  $149 ($139 with early enrollment)

Interactive lectures This course includes seven interactive, 1.5-hour lectures, in addition to an introductory lecture the first week. You may watch these lectures live, or at your convenience. One-on-one and Discussion enrollment students will be invited to participate in the lectures via online video chat. Live lecture recording times will be scheduled in coordination with these students the first week of the course and then announced to all students.

Length  This is a 6-week course.

Prerequisites  Proficiency in Arcing, Bracketing or Phrasing.

Discussion enrollment In addition to lectures and feedback, discussion enrollment gives you a one-hour group discussion time each week with the instructor of the course. Groups are made up of 5-9 students.

Group time options Sun @ 9pm | Thurs @ 1pm
(All times in CST. Click to view them in your local time.)

One-on-one enrollment One-on-one enrollment allows you to benefit from a half hour of one-on-one time with the instructor each week, in addition to the standard provisions of the course.

Assignments This course includes seven extensive, biblically-rooted assignments which will be promptly corrected by the instructor and returned each week.

hubertInstructor Andy Hubert is the creator of Biblearc and lecturer of Greek at Israel College of the Bible. Andy holds a Masters of Pastoral and Biblical Studies from Bethlehem College and Seminary.

Work load Between the lectures (1.5 hrs/wk) and assignments (~3 hrs/wk), participants should expect to spend approximately 4.5 hours per week on this course.

Grading This course uses a 100 point grading system for all assignments. Students who complete this course with a display of proficiency will receive an indication of this on their Biblearc account. This will allow people searching shared work the ability to find the projects of those users who have had training from Biblearc.com. (still in development)

Google Hangouts This course uses Google’s “Hangouts on Air” to facilitate the live lectures, and ordinary Google Hangouts to facilitate discussion groups. All Discussion group and One-on-one enrollees will be required to register for a free Google+ account if they do not already have one. (We will provide you information on how to do so.)

Additional information: Request a Scholarship | Give a Scholarship | Refund Policy

Hold Fast the Profession. Draw Near to Grace. (Heb 4:13-5:10, Part 1)

Israel showed, during their time in the wilderness, that man’s heart can be fickle (Hebrews 3:9). God then showed that he will not tolerate continued rebellion (3:11). The truth of the case study applies to all: God’s scrutiny penetrates deeply (4:12), and there is no hiding (4:13). We are left, as the writer says, exposed and in need of mercy.

But warning is followed by encouragement:  The great truths discussed ealier in the letter are summarised along with associated exhortations.

But warning is followed by encouragement…

We have a magnificent representative seated at the right hand of God’s throne in heaven: God’s very Son (4:14). He who humbly walked among his people and then suffered unto death for our sin (2:9) now represents us, in perfection, before God. Let us hold fast to this faith that we profess. 

We have a magnificent representative seated at the right hand of God’s throne in heaven.

He is also a sympathetic representative (4:15). He has felt the fatigue and hunger of humanity (2:17,18), and the pull of sin in all dimensions (4:15). We are needy, and he knows it well. He has opened to us a throne of grace, and we are to come to it with complete confidence.

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Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Robert Elphick

A New Home for Learning Resources Take-Away

Learning Resources is an add-on to the Biblearc Subscription. This add-on provides practical helps for those seeking to learn the Bible study methods available on Biblearc. In addition to the full 10 minute Learning Resources video available to subscribers, we post a shorter (about 2 minute) “Learning Resources Take-Away” video on the blog each Monday available to everyone.

We’re Moving…

As of today, the Learning Resources Take-Away videos are moving! You can find them at the Learning Resources page on Biblearc.com. Take a look at the list of archived videos and visit the site each Monday for a new Learning Resources video.

They Are Among Us, So Take Heed. (2 Peter 2:1-3)

One of the great things about arcing is that it forces us to slow down in the thought process, and it disciplines us to ask questions that might easily go unasked – but once asked can produce not only insight into truth, but a full sense of the weightiness of that truth.

2nd Peter 2:1 is an excellent example of this. We are told, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.” At first this looks like a simple comparison–-comparing two things that have one obvious major commonality (the false teachers and prophets are, well, false). But upon looking closer we will find that the two things being compared are actually so similar that they can be considered to be the same thing. The false teachers are not like false prophets just because what they teach is false; they are like them primarily because they arise from within the congregation of the godly. They are like them because they lack divine authority, and because they deny the one to whom they owe allegiance. They are like them in that they ignore God’s warning of impending judgment, teaching others to follow them in peacetime sensual indulgence. They are like them in that they will most certainly be condemned (along with their followers) by God.

False prophets led Israel into idolatry, prostitution, injustice, murder, and oppression – and brought the full weight and condemnation of God on the people of Israel.

When you look carefully at false teachers from the aspect of being the heirs of the false prophets, the real danger they pose becomes evident. False prophets led Israel into idolatry, prostitution, injustice, murder, and oppression – and brought the full weight and condemnation of God on the people of Israel.

False teachers put people in danger of eternal condemnation. Even more than that, though, is the damage false teachers do to the reputation of God. Just as false prophets led to the name of God being blasphemed among the nations (Is. 52:5), so do false teachers lead to the nations condemning the gospel. False teachers paint a picture of discipleship that glorifies sensual indulgence (in all of its many forms) in this life, and therefore leads to a church that outdoes the world in its worship of the creature over the creation. God is belittled and trivialized – and therefore blasphemed.

Just as false prophets led to the name of God being blasphemed among the nations (Is. 52:5), so do false teachers lead to the nations condemning the gospel.

It would be easy to move from here to a condemnation of the various false teachers we are subjected to in our own time, such as the seemingly ubiquitous peddlers of prosperity, those who would compromise Biblical authority on issues of human sexuality, or liberals who deny the full authority of scripture. But a more fruitful exercise would probably be to examine how our own hearts are drawn to the sensuality that produces false teachers and their followers. False teachers did not just barge their way into faithful congregations from the outside – Peter warns us, just as Paul warns the Ephesian elders, that false teachers will come from within these otherwise faithful and healthy churches. That is why we must take heed for ourselves. Do we take seriously the coming judgment of God? Do our teaching and lives reflect a hope for an eternity with God as our ultimate lasting treasure? Are we continually paying attention to the scripture, and letting that shape how we think and feel and live? Are we open to the loving admonishment of fellow believers? Or is our understanding of the scripture shaped by our hearts’ unredeemed desires and the prevailing attitude of the culture?

False teachers did not just barge their way into faithful congregations from the outside – Peter warns us that false teachers will come from within these otherwise faithful and healthy churches.

The warning against false teachers is not merely a call to contend for orthodoxy against those who have obviously left it – it is a call for us to “be all the more diligent to make [our] calling and election sure”, to take hold of the “precious and very great promises” of the Gospel and pursue God with passionate vehemence.

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Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Andrew Bywaters

Ground, Details and Purpose

Learning Resources Take-Away for the week of September 7th, 2015:

We were made to joyfully wonder at the glory of God, and to express that wonder in a variety of ways; in our words, in our gifts, in our songs and in our service…

“…you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood…”  1 Peter2:5

 

What is the Learning Resources Take-Away?
Every Monday we will upload a new video with the main point take-away message from that week’s Learning Resources.

What are “Learning Resources?”
Learning Resources is an add-on to the Biblearc Subscription. This add-on provides practical helps for those seeking to learn the Bible study methods available on Biblearc. Subscribers will receive a fresh, ten-minute Arcing, Bracketing, Phrasing or Diagramming example video each week. In addition, the Learning Resources add-on gives you access to all the example videos archives, and personal feedback on one of your modules each month.

Continually in My Mouth– Praise (Psalm 34:1-22)

The following Devotional study was submitted as a student project by David Riaño, for The Theology of Biblical Poetry: Advanced Arcing/Bracketing online course. To find out more about online courses and to see what courses are currently available, click here.

 

Nowadays, it is very common to see Christians that profess their faith, but don’t seem to rejoice greatly in the Lord. Even we ourselves, most of the time don’t live as if the fact that we received the glorious salvation of Christ Jesus were true. But we are going to live with the Lord forever! There is no more hell for us! We should live jumping and praising all the time!

It is common to see Christians that profess their faith, but don’t seem to rejoice greatly in the Lord.

The Apostles gave us a great example of conviction and gladness in the gospel. When they were imprisoned, they just couldn’t stop speaking of the Truth (Acts 4:19-20), and when they were whipped, they went to their homes rejoicing because they had suffered for Christ (Acts 5:21). They had experienced the grace of God so much that they couldn’t stop praising and leading others to praise. That is the very product of spending time in the presence of the Son of God! (Acts 4:13)

Maybe the best demonstration that Jesus has really shed His grace in our lives is that we use our mouths to praise Him all the time. If we do so, other people are going to be moved to praise God as well. We have to experience the grace of God a lot, day by day, in a deep and real way, as the apostles did in the presence of Jesus. We need to see His grace, and be amazed by the blessings that he pours in our hearts and our lives.

The apostles experienced the grace of God so much that (despite sometimes great suffering) they couldn’t stop praising and leading others to praise. That is the very product of spending time in the presence of the Son of God!

As it is written, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears”, and again, “My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad”. Only seeing the abounding grace of a God who answers, we will be able to rejoice in Him time after time. Therefore, as the psalmist cries after offering His praise: “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!”

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Cornerstone, Keystone, and Stumbling Stone

Learning Resources Take-Away for the week of August 31st, 2015:

There is only one cornerstone. When you encounter it you will either be built up, or else stumble and be broken down.

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious…”  1 Peter 2:6, cf Isaiah 28:16

 

What is the Learning Resources Take-Away?
Every Monday we will upload a new video with the main point take-away message from that week’s Learning Resources.

What are “Learning Resources?”
Learning Resources is an add-on to the Biblearc Subscription. This add-on provides practical helps for those seeking to learn the Bible study methods available on Biblearc. Subscribers will receive a fresh, ten-minute Arcing, Bracketing, Phrasing or Diagramming example video each week. In addition, the Learning Resources add-on gives you access to all the example videos archives, and personal feedback on one of your modules each month.

How Does the Son Feel About His People?

The following Devotional study came from a student project submitted for The Theology of Biblical Poetry: Advanced Arcing/Bracketing online course. To find out more about online courses and to see what courses are currently available, click here.

 

The Son has enjoyed the Father from eternity. How does he feel about his people for whom he has suffered and died; those whose sin and rebellion required him to become a man and suffer and ultimately be crucified?

How does the Son feel about his people?

Jesus Christ has now been raised to God’s right hand. There he waits while those for whom he died come to understand and trust and in his redemptive work, and come to know the God who created them and provided for their redemption. He intercedes for them. There is nothing at all in them that makes them worthy, indeed it was their sin and rebellion that required the Son to be crucified. But God shows his sovereign goodness and grace through them and they come to recognize that God is the source of all good. So they, with the Son, delight in God.

“Indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6b

These people are thus being brought to glory. They belong to Jesus, they are his bride and his inheritance. How does the Son feel about his people? “As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight” and “Indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance”.

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