NOTICE: WE CARRIED THIS COLUMN HERE SIX YEARS AGO. WE HAVE SAD NEWS. MARK HAS RECENTLY PASSED ON INTO THE ARMS OF JESUS. WE OFFER OUR CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY. YOU MAY SEE MY INTERVIEW WITH MARK LAUBMAN ON YOUTUBE - Pastor Max Solbrekken
LESSONS IN HOMILETICS!
"Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Thy people, O Lord." (Joel 2:15-17); "Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, PREPARE to meet thy God O Israel." (Amos 4:12).
David had sinned grievously. He had committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband murdered. God's prophet confronted him. The king was smitten with a great fear that God would cut him off forever.
He cried out: "Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me." In His great love and mercy, God forgave him and restored him!
He charged, "Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have ye not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
Writing to former pagans, St. Paul declared that according to the Holy Scriptures, the resurrection of Jesus Christ PROVED Him the Son of God!
"Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh, And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection of the dead." (Rom, 1:3,4)
In no uncertain terms he lays out Who Jesus is. He Who was God from Eternity was incarnated (God in human flesh). He had come to earth to die for our sins. He was MADE of the seed of David according to the flesh. (Phil. 2:5-11)
His resurrection from the dead gave Him the power and the right to offer Eternal Life to all who receive Him. (John 1: 11, 12). St. Paul declares that he is a DEBTOR to the pagan Romans. He is compelled to preach and he must preach the Gospel to them. And, he states that he is READY to do so.
He trumpets out the clarion call, "For I am NOT ASHAMED of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Rom. 1:14-16)
He warns: "For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them: for God hath shown it unto them.
"For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead: so they are without excuse." Rom. 1:18-20). Amen.