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Standing on the Promises (2 Samuel 7:1-15)

A sermon from Casey Gray.

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New Direction (Mark 2:18-3:6)

We have noted that as we have moved into Mark 2 that the resistance against Jesus is growing. The next three accounts that Mark records link together as Jesus’ authority is challenged. The challenges made by the religious leaders may not seem significant to us. But what Jesus teaches represents a new direction for all humanity to move toward because the king has arrived with his kingdom. So let’s see what issues the religious leaders have with Jesus and what we can learn about the new direction Jesus is providing the world.

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Pillar of Fire (Numbers 7-9)

There are two primary messages God has taught the people as they make preparations to leave Mount Sinai and journey to the promised land. First, God must be in the center of their lives. Everything they do must revolve around God. God is in everything in their lives. Second, God must be counted as holy. Defilements and sins remove people from the presence of God. God is so holy that people cannot approach him and the Levites are camped around the tabernacle to prevent anyone from approaching. This brings us to Numbers 7-9 where God delivers another important message to the people about himself and about his relationship to them before they can leave for the promised land. Open your Bible to Numbers 7 and we will begin to see this message over the next few chapters.

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The Call of the Kingdom (Mark 2:13-17)

The scene in Mark 2:13-17 opens with a similar scene that we have seen many times so far in Mark’s gospel: crowds are coming to Jesus. The people in Galilee and the surrounding regions are coming to Jesus. They are listening to his preaching concerning the kingdom of God and people are being healed and unclean spirits are being cast out. So once again Jesus is at the Sea of Galilee and all the crowd was coming to him. Once again we see the mission and purpose of Jesus in verse 13. Jesus was teaching them. Jesus has come to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom of God (1:14-15). As Jesus walked beside the sea, he saw Levi sitting in a tax booth and tells him to follow him. Levi gets up from the tax booth and follows Jesus. We notice that is very similar to what happened with James and John and Simon and Andrew. They drop everything and follow Jesus.

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