Category Archives: Illustrated Messages

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Illustrated Message 1/27/2023

Deuteronomy 4:7 Near to it Israel’s exclusive covenant relationship with Yahweh again provides the context for Deuteronomy 4:2. Faithlife Verse of the Day Art, © 2023, Faithlife / Logos Bible Software. Faithlife Study Bible © 2012,2016 by Lexham Press Used … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/26/2023

Daniel 3:17 If it is so Even if death is the consequence of noncompliance, they will still hold fast to their religious commitments and trust God for deliverance. Our God A courageous proclamation of faith. God is both able and … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/25/2023

Colossians 1:10 Live in a manner worthy The purpose of having knowledge, wisdom, and insight is not to boast or brag, but to love God and others, thereby reflecting His image in the world. Knowledge of God Refers to experiential … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/24/2023

Amos 3:8 The final questions These emphasize the prophet’s role as a mere messenger for God who is unable to resist the call to preach (compare Jeremiah 20:8–9). Faithlife Verse of the Day Art, © 2023, Faithlife / Logos Bible … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/23/2023

Acts 1:8 Power The Greek word used here, dynamis, can refer to power displayed in miracles (for example, Acts 2:22; 4:7; 19:11), or (more generally) the ability of God or people to carry out their purposes (for example, Acts 3:12; … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/20/2023

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture The Greek phrase used here, pasa graphē, may refer to the totality of Scripture or to every passage of Scripture. Inspired by God Paul uses the Greek term theopneustos here (meaning “God-breathed”) to assure Timothy … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/19/2023

2 Samuel 5:2 Were leading Israel in and out Referring to David’s leadership in battle (compare 1 Samuel 18:5, 13, 16; 19:8). Shall be the shepherd of (See 1 Samuel 9:3). The literary motif of a bad shepherd is used … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/18/2023

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power Here, Peter uses a singular term to reference the power of God and Jesus, further indicating that he understands them to be one and the same. Necessary for life and godliness Peter asserts that … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/17/2023

2 Kings 2:11 A fiery chariot with horses of fire Fire in the Old Testament is associated with God’s presence (compare 2 Kings 1:10-12). The chariots and horses belong to Yahweh (Habakkuk 3:8). The storm The Hebrew word used here, … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/16/2023

2 John 3 Second John follows the conventions of ancient letter writing. It begins with a greeting and blessing. Love John frequently writes about love in his letters; for example, he mentions it 38 times in 1 John. Faithlife Verse … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/13/2023

2 Corinthians 1:20 Promises of God Refers to all of God’s promises in the Old Testament. Paul also mentions God’s promises in 2 Corinthians 7:1, where he cites a series of Old Testament quotations that highlight God’s adoption of His … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/12/2023

2 Chronicles 7:14 Heal their land God’s response in 2 Chronicles is somewhat different from in 1 Kings. While 1 Kings focuses on the faithfulness only of Solomon (1 Kings 9:4–5), the additional material in 2 Chronicles expresses the need … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/11/2023

1 Timothy 1:15 Trustworthy and worthy of all acceptance Variations of this formulaic expression occur five times throughout the Pastoral Letters (1 Timothy 3:1; 4:9; 2 Timothy 2:11; Titus 3:8). This phrase serves to introduce or conclude a quotation of … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/10/2023

1 Thessalonians 1:6 Imitators In joyfully enduring persecution, the Thessalonians imitated Paul, his companions, and the Lord Jesus (compare Matthew 5:11–12; Acts 5:41). Affliction Refers to the opposition and persecution experienced by the believers in Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 3:3–4, 7; … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/09/2023

1 Samuel 2:2 Hannah praises God for His great provision and answer to her prayer for a son. Faithlife Verse of the Day Art, © 2023, Faithlife / Logos Bible Software. Faithlife Study Bible © 2012,2016 by Lexham Press Used … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/06/2023

1 Peter 1:3 Born again Refers to the believer’s new life that is only possible because of the death and resurrection of Christ. First Peter’s use of new-birth language to describe salvation reflects Jesus’ teaching (1 Peter 1:23; 2:2; see … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/05/2023

1 Kings 3:28 The wisdom of God was in him God’s promise to grant Solomon wisdom is fulfilled in the eyes of his subjects. The wisdom of God The Hebrew phrase used here does not occur elsewhere in the Old … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/04/2023

1 John 1:5 From him Refers to Jesus. God is light A common metaphor in the Old Testament and Jewish literature for God’s perfection (for example: Psalm 4:6; Isaiah 60:1–2). God’s light serves as a beacon for the righteous and … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/03/2023

1 Corinthians 1:2 Church The Greek word used here, ekklēsia, refers to a gathering of people, not a building; here, it references the gathering of Christ followers in Corinth. Corinth Located on the coast of Greece, Corinth was a major … Continue reading

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Illustrated Message 1/02/2023

1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to Yahweh This verse is most likely adapted from Psalm 106:1, although both refrains are common throughout Psalms (Psalm 107:1; 118:1; 136:1). His loyal love is everlasting This refrain acts as a repeated chorus in … Continue reading

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