After centuries of rebellion against God, and life ruled by unworthy judges and kings, the nation of Israel could hardly expect a future. Yet even amidst His judgments on them God continued to deliver promises of a future king even greater than David. In this text, Mary, a humble Jewish girl is the one blessed […]
The Son of David, Part 3: Isaiah 9:6–7
As we continue to search the scriptures for the “Son of David”, we must consider the gospel message of Isaiah. In this text, the Prophet Isaiah has just broken the bad news of coming judgment for Israel and a warning to Judah. Both have been trusting in the power of foreign kings instead of Yahweh. But […]
The Son of David, Part 2: 2 Samuel 7:1ff
Just who is the “son of David” anyway? In our text this Second Sunday of Advent, King David desires to build a “house” for God, a permanent tabernacle in Jerusalem. But God denies him permission and insists instead on being the builder Himself. In the covenant with David that follows, God promises an answer to David’s desire that […]
The Son of David, Part 1: Deuteronomy 17...
Our aversion to rule by kings is understandable given our nation’s past. But we in the church refer to Jesus as king, and the Bible refers to Him as son of another king, King David. How can kingly rule be good when the track record of kings in so much of history is dismal? This text describes the […]
Church History: Presbyterianism Today (S...
In this lesson on church history Scott Shaw takes the class on a whirl-wind tour of American Presbyterianism. SB_ChurchHistory_Presbyterianism_20160424_Shaw
Church History: The Auburn Affirmation
What was the Auburn Affirmation? When did it occur and what is its significance in church history – especially in the history of American Protestantism and American Presbyterianism. SB_ChurchHistory_AuburnAffirm_20160417