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Christ in All of Scripture – Exodus 3:13-16

 

 

Exodus 3:13-16

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt.


Naming has great importance in the Bible. In the garden of Eden, the giving of names demonstrates lordship over the creation (Gen. 1:26–27; Gen.2:19, 23; Gen. 3:20) and can often relate to hopes (Gen. 4:1), memories (Gen. 35:18), or prophecies (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:21). In naming, one’s character is revealed.

Moses’ question is therefore supremely important: what is the name, the character, of this God of whom I will speak? God’s response seems enigmatic. But notice how the revelation of God’s name builds: “I am who I am” (Ex. 3:14a); “Say this . . . , ‘I am has sent me to you’” (Ex. 3:14b); “Say this . . . , ‘The Lord [I am], the God of your fathers’” (Ex. 3:15, 16). In other words, this living, personal God who revealed himself to Abraham and made covenant with him is the God who is moving to deliver his people now.

All of this makes Jesus’ own use of this divine name significant as well, not only in the seven “I am” statements in the Gospel of John (John 6:35; John 8:12; John 10:9, 11; John 11:25; John 14:6; John 15:1), but especially his declaration to the Pharisees that “before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). In saying this, Jesus was claiming to be the same living, personal God who made covenant with Abraham, the same God who revealed himself to Moses, and the one who was now moving to deliver his people.


This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.

 

April 7, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Books,ESV,Gospel Transformation Bible,Uncategorized | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:30 am | 0 Comments »

Three lessons about Scripture from 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

1. Scripture is inspired.

Paul affirmed with elegant finality that “all Scripture is breathed out by God.” You can hear the meaning of the transliteration of the Greek word Theopneustos (God-breathed–Theo = “God” and pneustos = “breath”). More literally, “All Scripture is breathed into by God.” When you speak, your word is “you-breathed” – your breath, conditioned by your mind, pours forth in speech. You breathe out your words. This belief that Scripture was “breathed into by God” perfectly expresses the view of the first-century Jews about the Old Testament writings.[1]

The early church believed exactly the same thing. As Peter declared, “No prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20, 21). The Old Testament Scriptures were God’s breath, God’s words.

Beautifully, we see that this is also how the early church regarded the Gospels and the Epistles. In 1 Timothy 5:18 Paul uses the same word for Scripture (graphe) that he uses here in 3:16 to refer to quotations from both the Old Testament and New Testament: “For Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain’ [Deuteronomy 25:4] and ‘The laborer deserves his wages’ [Luke 10:7].”

Similarly, the Apostle Peter includes Paul’s writings in the category of Scripture (graphe): “There are some things in [Paul’s letters] that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures” (2 Peter 3:16). It is clear that Peter regarded Paul’s writing to be Scripture!

2. Scripture is useful.

The apostle uses two pairs of words to flesh out Scripture’s usefulness – “and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (v. 16b). The first pair – “teaching” and “reproof”– have to do with doctrine. Positively, all Scripture is “profitable for teaching.” That is why the whole of both Testaments must be studied – not just Romans, not just the Old Testament, not just the Gospels. All the didactic, poetic, narrative, apocalyptic, proverbial, and epical sections together are to make up the tapestry of our teaching. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching.”

And of course when this is done, there will also be “reproof.” Those true to the Scriptures cannot escape this duty. Together the “teaching” and the “reproof” produce the boon of sound doctrine. It is for want of both that the church has so often fallen into error.

The second pair–”correction” and “training in righteousness”–have to do with conduct. “Correction” comes from the Greek word for “straight,” which the New Living Translation helpfully renders, “It straightens us out.” God’s Word is useful in a practical way. Those who accept its reproof will begin to find their lives straightening out. Then they will be ready for the Word’s positive effect of “training in righteousness.” The righteousness that has come to the believer by faith is actualized by the training of God’s Word. In sum, the God-breathed Word is “profitable” for all of life, all doctrine and all duty, all creed and all conduct–everything!

3. Scripture equips.

Paul ends this section on the sufficiency of Scripture by saying, “that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (v. 17). Paul here uses two forms of the Greek word for equip (an adjective [“complete”] and a participle [“equipped”]) to make his point. The man of God is super-equipped by the Word of God. The man of God is before all else a man of the Bible.

The testimony of God’s Holy Word is that it is his breath and that it is everything to believers. The book of Deuteronomy records that when moses had finished writing the words of the law and had given it to the Levites to place beside the ark and had sung his song, the song of Moses, he said, “Take heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. For it is no empty word for you, but your very life” (Deuteronomy 32:46, 47; cf. 31:9–13; 21:1–43).

This set the standard for the proper regard for the Scriptures of the old covenant. This is why the psalmist devoted the 176 verses of Psalm 119 to the celebration of the Scripture, using the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet as a structure. In effect, he said God’s Word is everything from A to Z. The Scriptures are life!

When Jesus began his ministry and was tempted by Satan, his encyclopedic knowledge of the Word enabled him to defeat the tempter with three deft quotations from Deuteronomy (see Luke 4:1–13; cf. Deuteronomy 8:3; 6:13, 16). Jesus Christ, God incarnate, leaned on the sufficiency of Scripture in his hour of need. Indeed, his summary response to the tempter was like a bookend to Moses’ declaration that the Scriptures are “your life,” for Jesus insisted that they are the soul’s essential food–”It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4; cf. Luke 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3).

The Scriptures were life to Moses and food to Jesus. They cannot and must not be anything less to us. They are the very breath of God.

 

This post was adapted from the Preaching the Word commentary 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus: To Guard the Deposit by R. Kent Hughes and Bryan Chapell.

 


[1] J. N. D. Kelly, A Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1963), p. 203.

April 3, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Books,ESV,Uncategorized | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:44 am | 1 Comment »

The Boy and the Ocean Enhanced E-book Named on “iBooks Best of 2013″ List

Together, Max Lucado and T. Lively Flubarty have created a charming tale about the love of God that never ends. The Boy and the Ocean enhanced e-book was recently selected for inclusion on the iBooks Best of 2013 list (Nonfiction > Religion & Spirituality). To learn more about the book and to download a sample, click here.

The Boy and the Ocean enhanced e-book, available through iBooks, features a fixed layout (like The Big Picture Story Bible) that preserves the meticulously crafted page design of the original print edition. Fixed layout design offers the reader the opportunity to enjoy the words and illustrations the way the author and illustrator originally intended.

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Additionally, The Boy and the Ocean enhanced e-book features a read aloud option, allowing your child to follow along with the author as he narrates, watching each word illumine as it is spoken. When the narrator finishes the text for that section, the corner of the page curls, indicating it’s time to tap to the next screen. You can also set the pages to turn automatically.

Please note: to view this book with all of the enhanced features mentioned in this post, you must be operating a device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 OR a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

January 8, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,Books,Digital,Digital,E-Books,General,News & Announcements,Uncategorized | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:30 am | 0 Comments »

Weekly Specials – Devotionals

To learn more about each title, click on the covers below. The e-book deals are available on Crossway.org; after 24-hours, they will also be available at AmazonBarnes & NobleBookshoutChristianbook.comeChristianibooks (Apple)Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site (at each distributor’s individual discretion). Discounted prices available through 12/22/13.


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Daily readings from Scripture paired with insightful excerpts from the writings of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones help Christians read and be transformed by God’s Word each day.

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This inspiring devotional is a collection of Scripture verses centered on a theme for each of two daily readings, now in the English Standard Version.

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The treasures of Psalms are many-from worship, prayer, joy, and forgiveness to steadfast love, mercy, and the precious law of the Lord. These 50 brief but meaningful meditations will encourage you to unearth those treasures and to experience personally the glory, abundance, power, and compassion of the God we serve.

“The book of Psalms is green pastures and still waters for real people in hard times. More Precious Than Gold provides what no money can buy-direct personal access to the refreshment God gives only through his Word.”
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The ESV Daily Reading Bible portions the Bible text into 365 daily readings, following the M’Cheyne reading plan. Each day displays chapters from various books of the Bible, allowing readers to easily work through the assigned passages.

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December 16, 2013 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:58 am | 0 Comments »

Weekly Specials: Working for the Glory of God

As summer comes to an end, it’s a good time to start preparing our hearts and minds for the busyness of the fall. Here’s a selection of books to help you work for the glory of God!

Note that we’re extending our weekly deals to include the print editions as well.

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This Week’s Specials:

Work Matters

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By Tom Nelson

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Connects Sunday worship to Monday morning by engaging the theological basis of God’s plan for everyday work and giving readers practical tools for understanding their own gifts.

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God at Work

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By Gene Edward Veith Jr.

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Veith unpacks the Bible’s teaching about the doctrine of vocation, guiding readers in discovering God’s purpose and calling in those seemingly routine areas of life.

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Business for the Glory of God

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Grudem posits that by engaging in business we glorify God because we are emulating God’s own creative work. This book is a guide to imitating God during interactions with customers, co-workers, employees, and businesses.

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Crossroads

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For you twentysomethings facing questions like Why do we work? and What’s my calling in life? this book navigates the murky waters of calling and career. Crossroads will help you find your “sweet spot”-that special place where your passion meets your God-given talents and you actually enjoy your work.

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Rethinking Retirement

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By John Piper

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John Piper’s resounding message is for anyone who believes retirement is more than accumulating comforts. With this brief book, Piper challenges fellow baby boomers to invest themselves in eternal gains-and to grow old with godly zeal.

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Coming Up Next Week: Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition Series

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August 13, 2013 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Ted Cockle @ 9:36 am | 0 Comments »