Sermons on King
1 Samuel 2:1-10
In 1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hannah sings a song of praise to God for giving her a son. This song contains the major themes found in the books of Samuel. By giving Hannah a son, God has shown his preference for the humble. He often works to exalt the humble while also humbling the exalted. These things show the almighty sovereignty of God. Such an action can be seen in the calling of David, the youngest of Jesse’s sons, and ultimately…
1 Samuel 1:1-20
Pastor Grasso gives an overview of the books of Samuel, focusing on the themes of kingship and the house of God. The books of Samuel recount the transition from Judges to Kings. The books of Samuel are not against kingship, but rather make it clear that there is a particular kind of king that must be sought and that king is not a king like all of the other nations but the king after God’s own heart. This is the…
In Matthew 12:15-21 Matthew shows that Jesus healing many shows that he is the one who fulfills Isaiah 42:1-4, the first Servant Song speaking about the coming Messiah. Christ is the chosen one of God, loved by him, filled with the Spirit, who brings salvation to the Gentiles. He is the humble savior, mighty enough to defeat all enemies and gentle enough to care for those who are weak.
In Hebrews 2:5-9 the author to the Hebrews shows that all things have been put in subjection to Christ, the Son of God, who became man for our salvation. This is true even if it looks like the world is far too strong for the church. Christ has become man for our sakes and, though he is made a little lower than the angels in his manhood, yet all things have been subjected to him by his death and resurrection.
In Hebrews 1:5-14 the author of Hebrews quotes from a number of Old Testament passages to show that Christ is superior to the angels in every way. He is superior because he is the Son of God. He is superior because he is God by nature, not a ministering spirit like the angels. He is superior because he is the king, not a servant. The Arians of the 4th century and the Jehovah’s Witnesses today claim that Jesus is merely…
In Luke 1:26-38 the angel Gabriel appears to Mary and explains to her what is about to happen with the birth of Christ. Christ will be born of Mary even though she is a virgin. This proves that Christ is the Son of the Most High and that as such he will inherit the throne of David.
In Matthew 9:1-8 Christ heals a paralytic, but the healing of the paralytic is not the emphasis in the story. This miracle is actually used to prove a more significant point: Christ has the authority to forgive sins. If you believe in Christ, then take heart, your sins are forgiven. If you doubt like the scribes, you will be counted as a blasphemer.
In Matthew 8:1-4, Matthew records the first of nine miracles in chapters 8 and 9 that emphasize the great power and authority of Christ. Here, a leper approaches Christ believing that Jesus is fully God and able to heal him. Christ does not not just heal the man, but even heals by touching him, showing that he cannot contract any uncleanness and is the one in whom all are cleansed.
Song of Songs 3:6-11
In the Song of Songs 3:6-11 the Shulamite and her beloved come together in marriage. Solomon is crowned king as his bride is brought to him. Clues throughout this passage indicate that this wedding scene is meant to teach something about salvation: Christ is crowned as he takes his bride as his own in redemption. Salvation is the coming together of a redeemed bride and kingly bridegroom.