Prophecy’s Power and Politics – A Donkey and the Elephant in the Room

Numbers, Sermon Preparation

April 21, 2013 – Morning Worship

MondayNumbers 22

The scene shifts here away from Israelite camp to what is going on in the surrounding nations – why? What does God’s control outside the camp mean for you today?

TuesdayNumbers 22:4–7, 15–17; II Peter 2

What does the Apostle Peter see as Balaam’s sin? How is do we as 21st century Christians in America face Balaam’s temptation?

WednesdayI Kings 13; James 3

Why does God take it so seriously when his ministers disobey his Word? How does this apply to us as individuals and as a church today?

ThursdayMatthew 22:35–23:39

Are Jesus’ “woes” against the scribes and Pharisees an attack on organized religion or is he inveighing against the devastating effect that teachers who seek “wrongful gain” have on those who are taught the Word? How are we tempted to follow in their path?

FridayNumbers 22:22–41; Matthew 18:21–35

How is Balaam’s behavior toward his donkey like that of the unforgiving servant? How is the Angel of the Lord therefore a picture of the irresistible grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

SaturdayPsalm 73; I Timothy 6:2b-21; Hebrews 6:17–20

How does the sure hope of promised blessings in Jesus Christ change our motivations with regard to wealth and status in this world? How might you live out this reality in the choices you make today?

Who’s Protecting Whom?

Numbers, Sermon Preparation

March 10, 2013 – Morning Worship

MondayNumbers 17:12-18:32

What do we learn here about ourselves and our God? How can you apply that today?

TuesdayNumbers 16; Psalm 46

What is the context in which Numbers 17:12-18:32 is found? How does that help us understand the passage? Given Korah’s rebellion why is Psalm 46 ascribed to his sons and what does that mean for us?

WednesdayHebrews 7

How is Numbers 18 related to our understanding of the priestly office of our Savior Jesus Christ? How is he similar to Aaron and the Levites and how is he different? Why is this important for us?

ThursdayNumbers 18:9-32; 1 Corinthians 9:1-23

How does the principle of tithes in Numbers 18 apply to the church today? In what important ways are elders and pastors NOT like the priest of Israel?

FridayHebrews 4:14-5:10

What is the author’s point about Jesus in this passage? How does that change the way you live your life today?

SaturdayJeremiah 17; John 2:13-25

How does Jesus knowing man make him the perfect priest? How does it attest to his divine nature? What does that mean for us?