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Cain and Abel
Genesis 4:1-16
When our children ask about God’s rules, we must teach them how to respond to God’s rescue.
Deuteronomy 6-8
Matthew 19:1-11
Matthew 27:45-66
Coronation --> Commission --> Consummation
Matthew 28:16-20
Matthew 26:36-46
Matthew 26:17-30
The Sign of the Son of Man
Matthew 24:29-35
Matthew 24:15-28
Matthew 24:1-14
Jesus outfoxes the fox’s litter (i.e. the Pharisees and Herodians).
Matthew 22:15-22
The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen
Matthew 21:33-46
Jesus enacts prophetic judgment in the temple and on a tree.
Matthew 21:12-22
The kingdom of heaven draws near with (+) preaching and power but also (–) prophecy and persecution.
Matthew 10:5-20
A Tale of Two Ironies
Matthew 8:28-34
Matthew 7:1-12
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."
Matthew 6:22-34
Jesus calls us to love (rather than hate) our enemies because he wants us to become like our Father (rather than tax collectors and pagans).
Matthew 5:43-48
Matthew 5:1-16
Spirit-Led & Satan-Proof
Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus fulfilled the prophets in his birth.
Matthew 1:18-2:23
Jesus purifies us from shame for his glory.
John 2:1-11
Jesus satisfies every hunger.
Mark 6:31-44
The "ghost" of John the Baptist that haunts Herod is actually Jesus himself.
Mark 6:14-29
The disciples go out with God-given words and works of power.
Mark 6:7-13
When we send and support missionaries in a manner worthy of God, we become coworkers with God.
3 John 5-8
Jesus faces rejection in his hometown of Nazareth that foreshadows his rejection by the nation in Jerusalem.
Mark 6:1-6
Jesus defeats death by death while caring for the “least of these.”
Mark 5:21-43
Jesus is the only way to eternal life with the Father.
John 14:1–11
Jesus invades the kingdom of Satan in mercy and judgment, revealing all hearts.
Mark 5:1-20
The word of the kingdom has invaded the world like a seed, and those who hear it must heed it before the sowing turns to reaping.
Mark 4:21–34
Rootless joy perishes in affliction. So put down deep roots in the Word.
Mark 4:16-17
Wisdom or Waves, Faithful or Floundering.
James 1:5-8
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Deut 30:1–7
Deuteronomy 30:1-7
Blessing, Curse, and Restoration
Published November 1st, 2018; Updated November 1st, 2018
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Exegetical Outline
Deuteronomy 30:1-7
“And it will be (היה QP3ms weqatal)
כִי־יָבֹאוּ עָלֶיךָ כָּל־הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה
when all these things come (בוֹא QI3mp yiqtol) upon you
הַבְּרָכָה וְהַקְּלָלָה אֲשֶׁר נָתַתִּי לְפָנֶיךָ
—the blessings and the curses that I have set (נתן QP1cs qatal) before you—
וַהֲשֵׁבֹתָ אֶל־לְבָבֶךָ בְּכָל־הַגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר הִדִּיחֲךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ שָׁמָּה׃ וְשַׁבְתָּ עַד־יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ וְשָׁמַעְתָּ בְקֹלוֹ
and you take (שׁוּב HP2ms weqatal) [them] back to your heart among all the nations to which YHWH your God has driven you (נדח HP3ms+2ms qatal), and you return (שׁוּב QP2ms weqatal) to YHWH your God, and you hear (שׁמע QP2ms weqatal) his voice
כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר־אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם אַתָּה וּבָנֶיךָ
according to all that I [am] commanding you (צוה DPtMS+2ms) today, you and your sons,
בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל־נַפְשֶׁךָ׃
with all your heart and with all your person,
וְשָׁב יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶת־שְׁבוּתְךָ וְרִחֲמֶךָ וְשָׁב וְקִבֶּצְךָ מִכָּל־הָעַמִּים אֲשֶׁר הֱפִיצְךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ שָׁמָּה׃
and YHWH your God returns (שׁוּב QP3ms weqatal) your rest (שׁבת QPpMS?), and he has compassion on you (רחם DP3ms+2ms weqatal), and he relents (שׁוּב QP3ms weqatal), and he gathers you (קבץ DP3ms+2ms weqatal) from all the nations to which YHWH your God has scattered you (פוּץ HP3ms+2ms qatal)
אִם־יִהְיֶה נִדַּחֲךָ בִּקְצֵה הַשָּׁמָיִם
—even if/though your exile (נדח DPtMS?+2ms) be (היה QI3ms yiqtol) at the end of the heavens—
מִשָּׁם יְקַבֶּצְךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ וּמִשָּׁם יִקָּחֶךָ׃ וֶהֱבִיאֲךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יָרְשׁוּ אֲבֹתֶיךָ וִירִשְׁתָּהּ וְהֵיטִבְךָ וְהִרְבְּךָ מֵאֲבֹתֶיךָ׃
from there YHWH your God will gather you (קבץ DI3ms+2ms yiqtol), and from there he will take you (לקח QI3ms+2ms yiqtol), and YHWH your God will bring you (בוֹא HP3ms+2ms weqatal) into the land that your fathers possessed (ירשׁ QP3cp qatal), and you will possess it (ירשׁ QP2ms+3fs weqatal), and he will prosper you (יטב HI3ms+2ms weqatal), and he will multiply you (רבה HP3ms+2ms weqatal) more than your fathers.
וּמָל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶת־לְבָבְךָ וְאֶת־לְבַב זַרְעֶךָ
And YHWH your God will circumcise (מוּל QP3ms qatal) your heart and the heart of your seed
לְאַהֲבָה אֶת־יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ
to love (אהב Q∞+3fs) YHWH your God
בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ
with all your heart and with all your person,
לְמַעַן חַיֶּיךָ׃
so that you will live,
וְנָתַן יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֵת כָּל־הָאָלוֹת הָאֵלֶּה עַל־אֹיְבֶיךָ וְעַל־שֹׂנְאֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר רְדָפוּךָ׃
and YHWH your God will set (נתן QP3ms weqatal) all these oaths on your enemies (איב QPtMP?) and on those who hate you (שׂנא QPtMP), who persecuted you (רדף QP3cp+2ms qatal).”
Exegetical Outline
I. Israel’s Blessings and Curses (1a–c) Recap of Deuteronomy: “the blessings and the curses that I have set before you” (1c) Blessing and curse predicted (1a–b) II. Israel’s Partial Restoration Blessing (1d–5) Israel’s covenant restoration action (1d–2) YHWH’s covenant restoration action (3–5) III. The Church’s Full Restoration Blessing (6–7) YHWH’s covenant restoration action (6a, 7) The church’s covenant restoration action (6b–d)
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