Three Reasons We Should Trust Jesus Christ as Our Kinsman-Redeemer


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Three Reasons We Should Trust Jesus as Our Kinsman-Redeemer

Ruth (selected texts)

 Redemption:  act of procuring deliverance of persons or things from possession and power of captors by payment of an equivalent; ransom; release (Webster 1828)

Kinsman-Redeemer:  A blood relative who redeems

1. Our Poverty – We need to be redeemed. (1:1, 3-5)


2. His Provision – Jesus is uniquely qualified to redeem (no other way) (2:1,4,12; 3:11-13, 19; 4:9-10):

  • His kinship – born of a woman (Gal. 4:4-5)
  • His character – spotless/sinless (1 Pet 1:18-19)
  • His capability – perfectly fulfilled law; acceptable sacrifice – died as Substitute and rose again (Gal. 3:13-14/Gen. 12:3)
  • His choice – willingness to redeem His Bride (cf. account of Judah’s sons in Genesis 38)

3. His Providence – It is no accident that we have heard of this Redeemer. (1:22; 2:3, 14-16, 20; 4:17)

  • Are you trusting Him, resting under His wings?
  • Are you praising Him? (Rev. 5:9-10)

One Mother’s Experience of the Surprising Kindness of God (Ruth Overview)

May 8, 2011


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 One Mother’s Experience of the Surprising Kindness of God

Ruth – Book Overview

 God Revealed His Kindness in Surprising Ways:

 1.      provision of sympathy, companionship (through Ruth)

(Background: Judges 21:25)

 2.      provision of food and offspring (through Boaz)

(Gleaning laws: Deuteronomy 24:19-21, Leviticus 19:9-10 & 23:22; Levirite marriage laws: Deuteronomy 25:5-10)

3.      provision of king for the nation (through David)

(Ruth 4:17-22; Psalm 36:7)

4.      provision of Savior for all nations (through Jesus)

(Kinsman-Redeemer: Leviticus 25:25-31, 47-55; blessing to Gentiles:  Genesis 12:3 ; genealogy of Christ:  Matthew 1:1-17, note vss. 5-6)

Behold the Servant of the Lord – 4 Studies in Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Today I finished preaching a series through Isaiah 52:13-53:12, the fourth of the “Servant songs” in Isaiah.  What a glorious prophecy of the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ!  I hope to return to this passage personally, and also hope to preach it again someday.

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Four Studies in Isaiah 52:13-53:13 – “Behold the Servant of the Lord”

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Behold, the Servant of the Lord – Satisfied with His Success (Isaiah 53:10-12)

April 24, 2011

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Behold, the Servant of the Lord – Satisfied with His Success

Isaiah 53:10-12

Behold, the Servant of the Lord:

We have looked at:

  • The Surprising Plan for Him (52:13-15)
  • His Spurning & Substitution (53:1-6)
  • His Silent Submission (53:7-9)
  • Today we see the successful completion of His mission.

1.      Resurrection after Sacrificial Death (v. 10)

(Psalm 22:30; Revelation 1:18)

2.      Justification for His People after Bearing Their Iniquities (v. 11)

(Daniel 9:24; Matthew 20:28; Romans 4:25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 2:24)

 3.      Dominion after Giving Himself for Sinners (v. 12)

(Psalm 22:14; Mark 15:28; Luke 22:37; Luke 23:34; Philippians 2:8-11)

Behold the Servant of the Lord – His Silent Submission (Isaiah 53:7-9)

April 17, 2011

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Behold, the Servant of the Lord: His Silent Submission

Isaiah 53:7-9

Behold, the Servant of the Lord:

(identified: Acts 8:32-35)

1.      His Submission Was Voluntary (v. 7).

(Matthew 26:63, 27:12-14; Mark 14:61, 15:5; Luke 23:9; John 19:9; 1Peter 2:23)

2.      His Sentencing Was Vicious (v. 8a).

(in Gospels: Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, John 18-19)

 Kangaroo court: nighttime trial-witnesses-predetermined verdict, etc.

 3.      His Separation Was Vicarious (v. 8b).

(Daniel 9:26; John 11:49-52;  1 Peter 3:18)

4.      His Sinlessness Was Vindicated (v. 9).

(burial:  Matthew 27:57-60; Mark 15:43-46; Luke 23:50-53; John 19:38-42; 1Corinthians 15:4; sinlessness:  2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15, 7:26;   1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5)

Jesus Christ: Trash or Treasure? (Isaiah 53:1-6)

April 10, 2011

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“Jesus Christ:  Trash or Treasure?”

Behold, the Servant of the Lord:  His Spurning & Substitution

Isaiah 53:1-6

Behold, the Servant of the Lord:

1. The Spurning of the Servant (v. 1-4)

(Truth not understood/received; improper reactions)

Verse Revelation Reaction
1 Report/Arm of Lord revealed Disbelief
2 Tender plant/root, no special beauty obvious Not desired
3 Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief Despised (x2)RejectedFaces hiddenNot esteemed
4 Substitute – grief-bearer & sorrow-carrier Esteemed as stricken, smitten, afflicted
2. The Substitution of the Servant (v. 4-6)

(Corrective: fact, purpose, & reason for His substitution)

Verse Description of Servant’s Role as Substitute
4 Bore our griefs & carried our sorrows
5 Pierced through for ourtransgressionsBruised for ouriniquitiesChastisement for our peace was upon HimBy His stripes we are healed
6 LORD laid on Him the iniquity of all us straying sheep

Beholding these truths should lead to a proper reaction: believe, desire, love, embrace, come to, highly esteem the Servant. Jesus!

Behold, the Servant of the Lord – a Surprising Plan (Isaiah 52:13-15)

April 3, 2011

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Behold, the Servant of the Lord – a Surprising Plan

Isaiah 52:13-15

Behold, the Servant of the Lord:

1. The Person of the Servant (v. 13)

  • “My” Servant
  • Who Is He?  (Jesus)

(Many NT Refs to Is. 52:13-53:12 affirm this:  Mark 15:27-28; Acts 8:29-35; 1 Peter 2:21-25)

2. The Plan for the Servant (v. 13)

3. The Path for the Servant (Suffering) (v. 14)

(see also Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67, 27:26-30)

4. The Promise for the Servant (Success) (v. 15)

Habakkuk Overview (Outline)

Wordle: Habakkuk


Habakkuk’s Message of Hope

I. Take Your Perplexities to God (1:1-2:1)

A. with alarm over unchecked sin (1:1-4) (Our prayers suffer when we are unconcerned.)

1. in our country

2. in our church

3. in our selves

B. with amazement at God’s sovereignty (1:5-11) (Our prayers suffer when we are unimpressed with God.)

C. with awareness of God’s character (1:12-17)  (Our prayers suffer when we are not gripped by God’s character.)

D. with anticipation for God’s answer (2:1)  (Our prayers suffer when we are proud, stubborn, and impatient concerning God’s answer.)

II. Think Upon the Payday of God (2:2-20)

A. Consider the vision God reveals (2:2-3)

1. Its transmission – written and plain

2. Its trustworthiness (cf. Hebrews 10:37-38)

B. Consider the verdict God renders (2:4)

1. On those who trust in themselves

2. On those who trust in God (cf. Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38)

C. Consider the vengeance God repays (2:5-20)

1. Description of the wicked (2:5)

2. Declaration against the wicked:  five woes – catalog of wrongs & corresponding retribution (2:6-20)

a. First set of woes

i. Plunder (2:6-8)

ii. Self-exaltation (2:9-11)

iii. Oppression (2:12-14)

b. But God’s glory will cover the earth (2:14)

c. Second set of woes

iv. Exploitation (2:15-17)

v. Idolatry (2:18-20)

d. But God is in His holy temple – let all be silent (2:20)

III. Triumph in the Person of God (3:1-19)

A. Plead with God in supplication (3:1-2)

1. Pray for revival

2. Pray for mercy

B. Praise God for His supremacy (3:3-15)

1. Remember His sovereignty over nature and nations

2. Remember His salvation for His people

C. Pursue God for satisfaction (3:16-19)

1. Recognize that circumstances are not guaranteed

2. Rejoice in the character of God

a. Rejoice in His salvation

b. Rejoice in His strength

“Three Ways God Spreads the Good News” (Acts 16:6-40)

“Three Ways God Spreads the Good News”

Acts 16:6-40 (click on Scripture references to read Scripture – takes you off site to

Brother Doug Smith

People have utilized many ways of spreading news.  In the past, the Pony Express and the telegraph were means people used to share information.  Today, people use a plethora of methods to broadcast and receive news, such as television, radio, text-messages, cell phones, e-mail, and the Internet.

God can do anything He wants and could have chosen to write His good news, the Gospel, in the clouds.  He could have personally manifested Himself in a visible and audible form to every human being to communicate the message.  But God has chosen to spread His good news by other means.  In Acts 16, we see three of those means.

1. Obedience to Guidance (v. 6-13)

In Acts 16, we find Paul on his second missionary journey.  Like the writer of “Amazing Grace,” John Newton, Paul was now preaching the faith he had once labored to destroy because of the change God had made in his life.  Along with Paul were Timothy, Silas, and Luke (the author, whose pronouns change to “we” and “us” in verse 10 to indicate his presence with the group).

The missionaries thought they should go to Asia Minor (modern day Turkey), but the Holy Spirit did not allow them.  They were directed instead to Macedonia by a vision Paul received.  They immediately obeyed the vision, believing that God had called them to preach the Gospel there.  God used obedience to guidance to spread His good news.

In what areas do you need to obey God?  If you know what you should do, then the response should be immediate obedience.  Is there someone you know you should share the Gospel with?  God may use your obedience to guidance to spread His good news.

2. Faithfulness in Clear Evangelism (v. 14-15, 30-32)

Arriving in Philippi, a strategic and historic city, Paul speaks God’s Word to a group of women gathered for prayer.  This implies that there were not enough Jewish men in the area to have a synagogue, since Paul’s usual practice was to go first to the synagogue and preach Christ.  He went to people who needed the Gospel.  God opened Lydia’s heart and she believed the word Paul spoke.  Paul also shared verbally with the Philippian jailer, telling him not only to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved but later speaking the Word to the jailer and his family, likely explaining matters more fully.  God used Paul’s faithfulness in clear evangelism to spread his good news.

No one likes a garbled, confusing message.  Therefore, we ought to be clear when we share the Gospel with people.  We know from other parts of the book of Acts that Paul made the matters of the Gospel clear to others so they would know what they should believe and why.  The Gospel is more than “Jesus loves you” or “ask Jesus into your heart.”  We ought to tell people about the greatness of God and His right as our Creator to tell us what to do.  We need to explain sin as rebellion against God, and that we are all sinners who deserve to be punished forever for despising God.  We need to tell them who Christ is (the God-man, the Son of God in human flesh) and what He did in His perfect life and substitutionary death for sinners.  We must tell them of his ascension and that He will one day judge the world in righteousness.  We must not merely leave them with these facts, but must call upon them to repent of their sin and trust in Christ alone for their salvation so that they may have eternal life and enjoy God forever.

Even as God opened Lydia’s heart to respond, He does the same with people today.  We are not responsible for the response to the message.  We are responsible to deliver the message faithfully.  God uses faithfulness in clear evangelism to spread His good news.

3. Praise in Suffering (v. 16-40)

Although Paul would not have adopted the motto, “Preach the Gospel – if necessary, use words,” he understood that his life should reflect the saving message he proclaimed.  He wanted His walk to support, not hinder, the spread of the words of life.

A demon-possessed girl annoyed Paul by following the missionaries and announcing, day after day, that they were servants of the most high God who were proclaiming the way of salvation.  Paul cast the demon out, much to the chagrin of her masters, who owned her as a slave and had profited from her fortune-telling business.  Paul and Silas were falsely accused of instigating chaos in the city, and were then stripped and beaten.  They were cast into the inner prison of the jail, and their feet were fastened in stocks which spread the legs apart and created much cramping.

These men who had come to proclaim God’s good news were now suffering for righteousness.  How did they respond?  At midnight, they were heard praying and praising God with singing.  They gave God praise in suffering, and He used it to spread his good news.  He sent an earthquake that nearly resulted in the jailer’s suicide, which Paul prevented by informing him that no one had escaped from the jail.  Trembling, the jailer asked what he must do to be saved, and Paul shared the Gospel with him.  He and his family came to know Christ through Paul’s and Silas’ praise in suffering.  And their changed lives were evident as he washed the prisoners’ wounds and showed them hospitality.

Joni Eareckson Tada is another fitting example of praise in suffering.  She became a quadriplegic, losing the use of her arms and legs, as a result of a diving accident as a teenager.  Instead of remaining angry at God, she has praised Him for His goodness to her and has shared His good news with many – from her wheelchair.  I recently attended the funeral of a woman named Lisa, who reached the point of thanking God for her brain tumors because He used her suffering to help reach others with the Gospel.  It was fitting that one of the songs at Lisa’s memorial celebration was from Job 1:21, which speaks of how God gives and takes away, but His name is to be blessed, that is, praised.

Are you afraid to suffer for the Gospel?  Can you praise God in trials?  Have you considered how your reactions to suffering may bring to you greater opportunities to share the good news?  Rodney Griffin wrote a song from this passage in which he made the point that the times of suffering are the times that “God wants to hear you sing.”

Remember that James told us to count it all joy when we suffer (James 1:2-4) and Jesus said that we are blessed if we suffer for His sake and have great reward (Matthew 5:10-12).  Your best life is not now, but in the world to come.  Let’s not forget the power of God and his time-tested method of using praise in suffering to spread His good news.

Our communication methods may come and go.  E-mail and cell phones may one day be as obsolete as the Pony Express and the telegraph.  But until Christ returns, God will continue to use the methods He has utilized for the last 2,000 years to spread the Gospel:  obedience to guidance, faithfulness in clear evangelism, and praise in suffering.  As we obey, share, and worship Him, may He be pleased to use us to spread His good news.