Old Testament 4, Lesson 4: Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

The text for this lesson is 1 Kings 18:20–46 Key Point Just as the true God revealed Himself on the altar of Mount Carmel, so on the cross-shaped altar of Mount Calvary Jesus revealed, once and for all, that He alone is the real God who loves us enough to die for us. Law: God demands … Continue Reading

Old Testament 4, Lesson 3: God Provides for Elijah

The text for this lesson is 1 Kings 17 Key Point Just as God provided food and life for Elijah, the widow, and her son, so He provides food, forgiveness, and life eternal for us in Christ. Law: In sin, I complain that God does not give me what I need or deserve. Gospel: God … Continue Reading

Old Testament 4, Lesson 2: Solomon Builds the Temple

The text for this lesson is 1 Kings 5–6 Key Point Though God resided within the Old Testament temple, He was hidden behind the veil in the Most Holy Place. Jesus is the unveiled Most Holy Place, accessible to all, enfolding believers in the arms of His Word and Sacraments. Law: In my sin, I want … Continue Reading

Old Testament 4, Lesson 1: The Wisdom of Solomon

The text for this lesson is 1 Kings 3 Key Point Solomon, though wise, needed what we and all sinners need: Christ, Wisdom Himself, and the forgiveness He brings. Law: The fear of the Lord—reverence for God and trust in Him—is the beginning of wisdom, yet, in my sin, I am unwise, failing to trust … Continue Reading

Fear, Love & Trust: Following God’s Commandments, Lesson 13: Peter’s Reinstatement

The text for this lesson is Book of John 21:4–19 Key Point Jesus has kept God’s commands in our place. Through God’s gift of faith in Him, Jesus’ righteousness is now counted as ours. Law: Like Peter, I may wonder if God loves and forgives me, a sinner, when His Law rightly condemns me for … Continue Reading

Fear, Love & Trust: Following God’s Commandments, Lesson 12: The Rich Young Ruler

The text for this lesson is Book of Matthew 19:16–26 Key Point God commands that we fear, love, and serve Him. In the gift of His Son, Jesus, who died on the cross for us, God gives more than enough reason for us to praise and adore Him. Law: Just as the rich man learned … Continue Reading

Fear, Love & Trust: Following God’s Commandments, Lesson 11: Paul and Philemon

The text for this lesson is Book of Philemon Key Point God commands us to be content in all things. Through faith in Jesus, God gives me forgiveness and freedom from slavery to sin. Law: Onesimus was not content to be a slave, so he ran away, perhaps taking with him something that belonged to … Continue Reading

Fear, Love & Trust: Following God’s Commandments, Lesson 10: Ahab Covets Naboth’s Vineyard

The text for this lesson is 1 Kings 21:1–16 Key Point God commands us to be content with what we have. He provides all we have and what we need most: forgiveness for our discontent through the suffering and death of His only Son, Jesus. Law: Just as Ahab coveted a garden that was not … Continue Reading

Fear, Love & Trust: Following God’s Commandments, Lesson 9: David and Jonathan

The text for this lesson is 1 Samuel 18:1–5; 19:1–7 Key Point God commands that we speak well of others. As Jonathan defended David before his father, King Saul, so Jesus defends us before our heavenly Father, covering those who believe in Him with His robe of righteousness. Law: God wants me to speak well … Continue Reading

Fear, Love & Trust: Following God’s Commandments, Lesson 8: Achan’s Sin

The text for this lesson is Joshua 7:10–26 Key Point God commands that we respect our neighbor’s things. Yet He forgives our sins for the sake of His Son, who paid their price on the cross. Law: Like Achan, who coveted and took items that belonged to another and had been dedicated to the Lord, … Continue Reading