Who is foolish? Who is wise? We open the Word to Proverbs 10:23–25, where we find three proverbs with “antithetic parallelism”: a contrast between opposites. Where does God draw the line between wisdom and foolishness? A wise man listens to the Word of God; the fool does what is right in this own eyes.
Pastor Nate Harlan wraps up our discussion on Genesis 15 and the covenant God established with Abram. What was the significance of the signs God provided to Abram, from the sacrificed animals to the smoking fire pot and flaming torch?
This Sunday, Nate Harlan discusses Genesis 15:7–8, “And he said to him, ‘I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.’ But he said, ‘O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?’” (ESV)
Pastor Nate Harlan wraps up his series on the early chapters of Genesis by addressing the judgment of God against mankind as they built the Tower of Babel.
We live with the consequences of this judgment to this day. Wonder why the earth is so full of division and why mankind has such a difficult time dwelling as one family in this fallen world of ours? It stems back to this moment of judgement when God scattered the nations and confused their languages.
October 1: Mankind has a desire to unify under one name, as one family. Unity is a good desire — unless it is separate from the rule of Jesus Christ, who has been given all authority over all the nations by God the Father.
As Pastor Nate Harlan continues his series on the first 11 chapters of Genesis, today we examine the Noahic Covenant in Genesis 9.
The world of our day in many ways resembles the world of Noah’s day, pre-flood: A world full of darkness, a world full of violence. Our expectation might be that God is going to destroy the world much like He did in Noah’s day. Instead, we find great hope in the Noahic Covenant. God’s plan is not the destroy the world. His plan is to redeem the world.
God’s purpose in judgment is not ultimately to destroy, but to redeem. The life of Noah is a foreshadowing of the Messiah; the purpose of the Old Testament is to point us toward Christ and to ground our faith in Him.
The flood: The greatest act of judgment God ever performed on the earth.
It is never a comfortable thing to be confronted with the wrath of God against sin. But we need to stare the wrath of God in the face for this reason: So that we will understand our need for the Lord Jesus Christ.