We can learn much here about temptation, and we will. But this is not so much about the nature of temptation as it is about the victorious obedience and submission of the son of God to the will of the Father. In fact, the Devil’s basis for temptation is Christ’s identity as the son of God.v3: If you are the son of God… v9: If you are the son of God. How did Jesus prove himself to be the son of Godin his temptations?
John the Baptists knew the supremacy of Christ. Our text is Luke’s transition from John the Baptist’s important ministry to that of our Lord Jesus. In it, the supremacy of Jesus, the Christ, The Father’s beloved Son, is plainly evident. How?
As the Baptist entered the scene, a general spirit of rank sinfulness had settled over Israel, especially among the spiritual leadership. What was John’s prophetic ministry to the Jewish people to help them get ready for Christ? This morning , I want us to see three important aspects of John’s message, all of which still have important instruction for us today.
Peter, this great disciple, tested and tried himself by trial and suffering, sometimes conquering, sometimes stumbling, could write these sufferings believers with an opening of praise because of the hope he had in the risen Christ. So what does the resurrection of Christ Jesus mean for our hope? Peter points to three different relationships of the risen Christ to our hope in this text.
Micah ends his prophecy with a beautiful hymn to the glory of God. He begins, Who is a God like you? The point is that Yahweh is God alone and is most glorious. What is it about God that makes him so glorious?
God speaks through Micah to assure his people that his covenant mercies have not failed, even despite their sin. He will keep his promises to all who hope in him. The importance of our hope in Christ is at the center of our text today. God reveals the majesty of the promises and hope in his covenants.
The Lord will keep the Davidic covenant in the coming Shepherd(vv1-3)
The Lord will Reign in the coming Shepherd (vv4-5a)
The Lord Will Be Victorious In The Coming Shepherd (vv5b-15
The third chapter of Micah ends with the bad news of God’s judgement upon Israel for their sins. God is not only going to bring judgement, however. The message of Micah 4 is that, in times of sin and idolatry, God’s people should nevertheless hope in Yahweh’s kingdom reign.
The third chapter of Micah ends with the bad news of God’s coming judgment upon Israel for their sins. God is not only going to bring judgment, however. The message of Micah 4 is that, in times of sin and idolatry, God’s people should nevertheless hope in YAHWEH’s kingdom reign.
In chapter 3, Micah turns to the heads of Israel exposing them as men who abuse their authority in scandalous ways, and promising judgement for their sin. They are wicked shepherds. The chapter has three distinct sections of four verses each. In each case, Micah describes the ways in which the leaders abused their authority., and then what the consequences are.
The book written by the prophet Micah contains three distinct sections or oracles: chapters 1-2, 3-5, and 6-7. The main message of Micah’s first oracle is that, while God will bring the judgment of exile, salvation is available to those who by grace believe in Yahweh.