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Trust Me! (Habakkuk 1:12-2:20)

A sermon from Casey Gray.

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Why Does God Give Wisdom? (James 3:13-4:12)

A sermon from Casey Gray.

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More Rebellion (Numbers 15-16)

There is the tendency to read the book of Numbers as a series of disjointed pieces of information. We can see why people are tempted to do so when we leave these interesting narrative sections about Israel in the wilderness and suddenly get a restatement of laws, which seem to be completely out of place. One commentator called the book of Numbers the junkyard of God’s laws, as if it was a dumping ground for laws that were not previously given in the book of Exodus. But I want us to have an important lens for this book. The laws are not randomly dumped into this book but strategically placed with the narrative accounts to help the reader understand what has happened. Further, we must also keep in mind as we continue to read through the book of Numbers that the present generation are going to be dying daily as God promised because this generation of Israel rebelled and did not go up to take the promised land. In these next six chapters Israel was now wandering in the wilderness for 40 years awaiting the maturity of the next generation to take the land. They must be taught the ways of God and see the wonders of God in the wilderness.

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The Parable About Soil (Mark 4:1-20)

The fourth chapter of Mark is a pivotal answer to a problem that has surfaced from the third chapter. Remember in the third chapter we saw some surprising challenges against Jesus. Not only were the Pharisees trying to destroy Jesus (3:6), but remember that Jesus’ own family thought Jesus is out of his mind (3:21). The scribes said that Jesus casts out demons by the prince of demons and is possessed by Beelzebul (3:22). So now we are seeing a problem. Why is everyone rejecting Jesus? Why are the religious leaders rejecting Jesus? Who is going to follow Jesus if people think he is crazy and are trying to destroy him? What is going on? Mark is going to record a series of parables in this fourth chapter to explain what is happening and why no one should be surprised by this response.

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