Lord of the Bursting Dam

Introduction If God is not establishing a work, or a house, or a kingdom, or a nation, then it cannot be established. And if God is doing so, then nothing whatever can prevent it—however mighty that opposing force might be. The Text: “Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh . . .” (2 Sam. 5:1-25). Summary of the Text: The tribes of Israel come to David and present three arguments for making David king. They are related to him (v. 1), David has proven himself in battle (v. 2), and God has promised the shepherding/kingship to him (v. 2). And so the elders, representing the tribes, come to David in Hebron and make a pact with him (v. 3), and anoint him king over all twelve tribes (v. 3). David was 30 when he first became king in Hebron, reigning for 40 years total, 33 years over a united kingdom (vv. 4-5). David starts by conquering a capital city from the Jebusites, a city that would not be part of any … [Read more...]

Hands Like That

We can never be reminded too many times of the gospel of grace. It is a message that is not just information, but also food, and light, and warmth—it is a message that is effectual. And there is a word we should all love more than we do—effectual. Our condition apart from Christ is one of utter helplessness. We were dead in our trespasses and sins. We were slaves to sin, having to do its bidding, and we were free from the control of righteousness. All our efforts to cease being unrighteous just created a different kind of unrighteousness—the religiosity of the carnal man. This religiosity always veers to some form of works righteousness, because the energy for such religion comes from pride, and not holiness. But pride is our sinful condition. We are dead in our sins, and the name of that death is pride, self, me. And for all the striving that it generates, the word for such religiosity is ineffectual. But while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. While we were steeped in … [Read more...]

Hypocrites Don’t Care . . .

The Lord Jesus warned us about the sin against the Holy Spirit, a sin that could not be forgiven (Matt. 12:31). We are approaching a Table laden with forgiveness, and some tender believers worry about whether they have a right to come, whether they have a right to be here. Before considering what that sin might be, let us take a very important moment to recognize what it cannot be. There are hypocrites who are utterly deceived about their condition, but one of their most notable characteristics is that they do not worry about this possibility. There are those who have been guilty of the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit—these are those who don’t care about whether they have or not. So one of the distinguishing marks of those who cannot have fallen into this sin is the feature of worrying that you might have fallen into it. Hypocrites don’t care about whether or not they are hypocrites—that is why they are. So what is the sin of blaspheming against the Spirit? In context, Jesus … [Read more...]