22:1 And David spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.
- David spoke to the LORD
- He sings a hymn of praise
- Gives us guidance of what a hymn should be
- This one is recognition of deliverance
- Overall the “giants” at the end of chapter 21
- From Absalom and Saul
- From violence (v. 3)
- What are some hymns we sing that do this?
- A Mighty Fortress
2 He said, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, 3 my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. 4 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
- The specific lyrics praise Yahweh
- He is his Rock (literally a cliff, a place of security), Fortress (castle), and Deliverer (rescuer)
- He is the castle’s place and the castle and the rescuer who lives in the castle.
- He is “the God of my rock” (strength)
- He’s the place of refuge and the shield
- He is the “horn of his salvation” or the power that saves him
- Stronghold (high tower) and refuge
- He is a total savior from violence
- So, David will call upon him and admit that he is worthy to be praised
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- We just finished Revelation 18
- John heard the angel say, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen”
- Then he threw a giant rock into the middle of the ocean to show that it will never be seen again
When the saints realize it, they begin to praise…
After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, 2for his judgments are true and just; for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” 3Once more they cried out, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” 4And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” 5 And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.” Read More »
- We started Revelation 18 last week and covered the first eight verses
- John saw a woman riding a scarlet beast
- She represents “Babylon the Great”
- Babylon was a major city and a major threat to God’s people in the Old Testament
- Well, John and his listeners have the same problem in their time with Rome
- So the whole point is to bless the saints as they learn what will happen to their oppressors
- And, of course, we also have spiritual warfare in our time
- So, John does this by showing Babylon as a woman who lives in luxury
- The world may be impressed, but God sees her as the mother of harlots and abominations
- The world may love her, but the saints realize she’s drunk on their blood
- And just as God had judged actual Babylon and other nations throughout history, he will continue to judge until the end
- The way he does this in Revelation is by causing the nations to hate the woman and tear her to pieces
- Then the angel cries out, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen”
- And the nations suddenly regret their mistake.
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- I’d like to take a break from Joshua tonight.
- I’ve been thinking about what it means to “study to show yourself approved” and to “rightly divide the word of truth.”
- It’s found in Paul’s second letter to Timothy where he encourages Timothy to remain faithful in the face of persecution.
- Jesus and Paul suffered for the gospel, but it was worth it.
- “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 13If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” (2:11-13).
- The deniers will be denied, but believers are joined to him through his death and suffering and will never be denied.
- So, Timothy should be strong and ready to suffer too.
- The primary way he’ll do it is through remembering and teaching sound doctrine:
- Paul tells him to “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me.” (1:13)
- He says, “That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” (1:14)
- And finally, “the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2:2)
- Timothy can do it despite persecution, because “the word of God is not bound. 10Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” (2:9-10)
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- The major blessing of Revelation is the promise of redemption and vindication
- We’ve seen that through what happens to the two opposing sides
- One side loses while the other wins
- One is destroyed and the other is made new
- One side mourns and the other rejoice
- One side blasphemes and the other worships
- In chapter seventeen…
- John saw a woman riding a scarlet beast
- This woman represents “Babylon the Great”
- She was dressed in luxury and called the mother of harlots
- She was drunk on the blood of the saints
- She ruled over the nations but was hated by them and eventually torn to pieces
Now, in chapter eighteen, it seems they regret their mistake…
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Read More »