We spoke today about Abraham, and his faith, surrender, and love. Click HERE to learn more about this important biblical figure.
In the sermon today, Pastor Ken addressed the church's role in speaking into the issue of school safety and how doing so states something about our call to cherish all life. Click HERE to learn what the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is doing in the wake of the issue.
To learn more about Caesarea Philppi, the area where Jesus and His disciples were at when Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ, click HERE
There are three uses of the word Lord in the New Testament. One use defines the word as Sir. Another use is Mister, and the last use is God. Since this is the only time Jesus is addressed as Lord in Mark, and because the term is used by a gentile woman (to juxtapose the unbelief of the Jewish people), I believe the later usage is correct. Here is an article to describe more: Click HERE
Reverend George Whitfield was an Anglican priest whose style of preaching charged the movement known as the Great Awaking. Read more about Whitefield by clicking HERE
The Ghost in Mark
To learn more about the "ghost" in Mark, and how that belief revealed their refusal to believe Jesus as God, click HERE
In the sermon this past week, we examined the story of Abraham and Isaac, and the call for Isaac to become a burnt offering sacrifice. In reading that story, what we discovered was that Isaac was obedient to his father's call to become the sacrifice. In this, we saw foreshadowed the life of Jesus.
We also noted that Isaac in this matter had a choice. While Isaac is often portrayed as being helpless, what we should realize is that Isaac had a choice to obey his father. Here are some of the facts I mentioned to help bolster that opinion:
1. Issac was between the ages of 0-36 years old because Sarah has Isaac at 90 or 91 and dies at 127 (Gen 17:17; 23:1)
2. Abraham cut the wood for teh sacrifice before he left (Gen 22:3)
3. A lamb was the sacrifice to be used (Gen 22:7)
4. A 1 year old lamb weights 60-100 lbs (Google)
5. Isaac carries the wood for the fire (Gen 22:6)
From these details in the story we can conclude that Isaac was young and strong and he allowed his father to bind him.
In this week's reading, we heard the number 12 used twice. The woman who had a bleeding disorder had been sick for 12 years, and the daughter of Jairus was 12 years old. While some Christians read into the numbers of the Bible, I mention them in this blog to simply highlight the occurrences of the number 12 in Scripture. See this web site for other listings of the number 12 in the Bible. http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/12.html