Mark 5:21-43, The Redeemer of Israel

[June 28, 2015] Today is the 4th Sunday after Trinity Sunday. We continue from where we left off, still in the same section of Mark’s gospel. As I pointed out in my last post, on Mark 4:35-41, after giving us a number of parables in 4:1-34, Mark gives us a series of stories . . . → Read More: Mark 5:21-43, The Redeemer of Israel

Matthew 9:9-34, Grace for Those Lost in Sin

[May 20, 2012] We come now to the third cycle of stories that precede and prepare us for the “Missionary Discourse” in chapter 10. The Sermon on the Mount was the first lengthy discourse in the Gospel according to Matthew. The Missionary Discourse is the second. The Seven Parables in chapter 13 . . . → Read More: Matthew 9:9-34, Grace for Those Lost in Sin

Luke 8:40-56, The Savior's Faithfulness to Israel

Context

[May 17, 2009] Today we consider two entwined stories in Luke 8:40-56. These are part of a group of four miracle stories (8:22-56) that Luke inserted between parables about the Word—and Luke has been showing us both the power of the Word and the need for us to heed it—and the sending . . . → Read More: Luke 8:40-56, The Savior’s Faithfulness to Israel

Matthew 9:18-34, Salvation and the Land of Israel

[July 27, 2008] Everything in Matthew chapters 8–9 is in view of the teaching in chapter 10. Chapter 10 is about our mission to bring the Gospel to others. Matthew is concerned about justifying the church’s mission to the Gentiles. The acts of Jesus in chapters 8–9 are testimonies to His actual deeds . . . → Read More: Matthew 9:18-34, Salvation and the Land of Israel