A Riddle for a King

Ezekiel 17

Our Old Testament and New Testament lessons for today are parables. The parables in our Gospel lesson concern the growth of the kingdom of God. The Old Testament parable might have left you scratching your heads. It’s from an unfamiliar book and the context is missing, so let’s take a few minutes to place it in context and make the meaning plain. 

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God Alone

The devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and told him he would give all their authority and glory to him if he would worship him. Jesus answered,

“It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” Luke 4:8 [ESV]

Where was it written? What does it mean? How did Jesus teach this lesson others? How do we apply to our own lives?

Worship Him Alone

Sermon on the Temptation of Christ.

Won’t You Listen to the Word of Christ?

Jesus went home to teach in the synagogue he had attended as a child. It didn’t go well. Their familiarity with him made it hard for them to hear what he was saying. Many who think of themselves as Christians have a similar problem and because of it they miss the blessings God offers.

Sermon on Luke 4:14-30

Who Is the Christ? What Is His Office?

Luke’s account of the baptism of Jesus focuses on his calling and purpose. Although some thought John might be the Christ, John was not. It was Jesus, God’s beloved Son, who would redeem his people, pour out his Spirit upon them, and judge the nations.