Timing, Responsibility, & Distress! Dr Davis gives us three observations about these two stories and he admonishes us to take home lessons from each.
First, let's observe the timing of God's providence. There are no coincidences: God works things in our history to our benefit. (Davis relates a bicycle accident from his youth to illustrate the point!) Give thanks to God for his timing.
Second, we have a responsibility to react rightly to the testimony about God. The king of Israel learned about Yahweh's work through Elisha. Did he respond appropriately? We know of the saving work of Jesus Christ--do we respond appropriately?
Finally, notice the sad distress of God's judgement. Elisha was distressed that God's righteous judgement at the hand of the pagan Hazael would result in the death of many Israelites. Jesus, too, wept at the coming judgement of Jerusalem. Our God does not take joy in the justice He commands--and so we must have a similar posture.
Dr. Davis gives us much to consider about our Creator in these 48 minutes. What a blessing.
Great Sermon! Everyone who cares about life should read this. We haven’t advanced; we have regressed; allowing or accepting all kinds of unGodly behavior. Living without understanding the providence of God is vanity and dangerous.
Wild Gourds! One can tell Dr. Davis has meditated and studied these texts deeply. He has once again taken a tiny portion of Scripture and brought from it a treasure of truths about our God.
Four verses and we see four powerful themes: God's Covenant Judgement (sometimes God's people are brought into the same judgement as a wicked nation), God's Earthy Concerns (God cares about our physical needs), God's Ridiculous Ways (He will *sometimes* give us a physical sign along with a word to show us His power...as in, perhaps, the Lord's Supper), and God's Defective Servants (we can all be as error prone as the "gourd chopper" who put the dangerous veggies in the stew!)...
We see even in this small portion of Scripture these great truths about how our God deals with His creation! Amen!
7 Verses, Profound Exegesis! Davis takes seven short verses and tells us how this unnamed widow of Israel's experience shows us the glory of God!
Davis begins by warning us how NOT to read the passage, then he dives into the proper way to see what is happening...the kind of person God helps, the need (sometimes) for secrecy, the proper EXERCISE of faith, and how to live and move forward when God provides.
Dr. Davis truly knows how to draw so much out of even short passages of Scripture! He is one of my favorite preachers!
Great Sermon! Dr Thomas has an excellent way of presenting on sermon audio / his knowledge of scripture combined with a sense of humor makes for very effective teaching and preaching . May God continue to bless Dr Thomas.
Great Sermon! Thank you Dr Thomas for this message of reminder of who we are in Christ. I know I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ but every day I find myself saying “Lord, I believe, help me thou in my unbelief”
Great Sermon! Thus us a must listen to …. so relevant for what’s been happening these past few years / we must always remind ourselves that God is in control of everything that happens and his plans will not be thwarted - hallelujah what a Savior