Sunday Sermon Series – Whose Name is Jealous

Exodus 34:14 King James Version (KJV) For thou shalt worship no other god:  for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealo… | Exodus 34, Exodus,  Treasures in heavenExodus 34:14 King James Version (KJV)

AMP and RVR 1960


There is no direct parallel quote in the New Testament for this verse. Of course when one reads the NT we find most of it to be just that a New covenant and new information with select quotes from the Old Covenant.

The influence of the Old Testament is seen throughout the New Testament. The New Testament writers included approximately 250 express Old Testament quotations, and if one includes indirect or partial quotations, the number jumps to more than 1,000. It is clear that the writers of the New Testament were concerned with demonstrating the continuity between the Old Testament Scriptures and the faith they proclaimed. They were convinced that in Jesus the Old Testament promises had been fulfilled.Holman Bible Dictionary)

Why the select certain verses over others? My theory (I have yet to do a comprehensive study or analysis) is that since the OT was available in Hebrew and the common Greek; the matter of God was for the most part settled. So the main topics to reinforce were Christ and man’s fallen nature. 

In context here we find our text in the center of a portion of scripture defining the Covenant between God and the Nation of Israel; Exodus 34:10-17. They are called to destroy all other idols, put aside all other practices, and worship the one true God. In return v.10, God promises He will do wondrous works (miracles) such as have not been created or produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations.



Four things does Rev. Spurgeon call upon his reader to ponder carefully: 

I. Reverently, let us remember that THE LORD IS EXCEEDINGLY JEALOUS OF HIS DEITY.




A Jealous God

Charles Haddon Spurgeon March 29, 1863

Scripture: Exodus 34:14 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 9

Additional Sermon

The Lord Whose Name Is JealousJohn Piper

Daily Devotional – Suffered A While

1 Peter 5:10 – Kisha's Daily Devotional

1 Peter 5:10 (AMP and RVR 1960) 


Some of y’all maybe old enough to remember the song Poor, Poor Pitiful Me, By Linda Ronstadt that was released back in 1977 and later covered in 2009 by Terri Clark in 1996. It is the story of a young singer who heads to Hollywood to make her fortune only to run into the manipulating men running the industry at the time. Here are the lyrics, out of this suffering and abuse somes a story that she just has to tell, in this case by way of a song. 

So too, as Christians, we must be every ready to tell the stories God has given us.

First of course is the Gospel story, this is NOT our testimony it is all about GOD. One of the best summaries of the Gospels I have found is from John Piper, A Six-Point Summary of the Gospel, is easy to remember and simple to communicate. 

Second as Ms. Ronstadt song portrays we need to tell our personal (testimony) story, 1 Peter 3:15.


Peter ends his 1st epistle by addressing the church body in two elements, first the elders 1 Peter 5:1-4, and then the younger or more immature believers 1 Peter 5:5-9.

To the elders he exhorts them and encourages them to be strong leaders for the flock they have been given charge of by God’s decree.

To the body of believers, he says LISTEN to your elders, obey them (as long as they are giving command that are biblical), be humble, persevere and cast your woes upon Christ.


And after you have suffered a little while,  Christians have been promised suffering. WHAT?  I am not going to list the many verses found in the NT alone but here is one example Acts 14:22 …“It is through many tribulations and hardships that we must enter the kingdom of God.”

the God of all grace, Christians have been promised God will intervene, for it is nothing but the Grace of God that will suffice to overcome trials and tribulations

who has called you He will intervene for those whom He has called, 2 Timothy 1:9 and choosen Matthew 22:14 

to his eternal glory in Christ, We have been called not for earthly purposes (yet we are to accomplish things until our time ends here) but for eternal glory in Christ 

will himself Eternity with GOD will be amazing, beyond our comprehension. Peter mentions four things that will happen to us in eternity.

Okay, I want to deviate (JUST A LITTLE), as we look at them and and think for a moment when we have come out of a difficult time of suffering.

restore, The King James says “perfect us” God will make us whole physically, mentally and spiritually.  

confirm, or settle the union of Christ in and with us in glory

strengthen, Both our resolve and any area which we were weak will be gone as we are hence completely renewed in glory 

and establish you. that is to place all our focus and being upon the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Alpha and Omega. Our only “mission” in Glory will be to glorify the King Revelation 22:1-5


We have set forth and established 3 things today:

    1. Christians will suffer on Earth
    2. Christians need to be ready to tell the Gospel Story and their own testimony
    3. God has promised Eternal Glory in Christ to all His called and chosen


I asked however to look at applying the 4 components of 1 Peter 5:10 to when we have come out of a difficult experience. Even though Peter is referring to future Glory, remember how you felt complete, confirm, strengthen, and established, fully renewed and invigorated in the Lord after coming through a rough patch? That my friends is your Poor, Poor Pitiful Me song. Your testimony, that needs to be shared when someone asks ‘what has God done for you lately.’  


The Coronavirus and Christ

In Coronavirus and Christ, John Piper invites readers around the world to stand on the solid Rock, who is Jesus Christ, in whom our souls can be sustained by the sovereign God who ordains, governs, and reigns over all things to accomplish his wise and good purposes for those who trust in him. Piper offers six biblical answers to the question, What is God doing through the coronavirus?—reminding us that God is at work in this moment in history.

 You can find more info at

Here are the links to the books on PDF. 

Coronavirus-and-Christ-John Piper

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Daily Devotional – Slaves of Sin or Slaves of Christ PT.IV

Today we conclude our series on Slavery, Romans 6:15-23, I pray everyone (in the US) had a very happy Thanksgiving Day and for our friends elsewhere that your day was filled with joy. – Mike

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21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit [c]to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the [d]gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.(NKJV) 
21 ¿Pero qué fruto teníais de aquellas cosas de las cuales ahora os avergonzáis? Porque el fin de ellas es muerte. 22 Mas ahora que habéis sido libertados del pecado y hechos siervos de Dios, tenéis por vuestro fruto la santificación, y como fin, la vida eterna. 23 Porque la paga del pecado es muerte, mas la dádiva de Dios es vida eterna en Cristo Jesús Señor nuestro. (RVR 1960)

On Wednesday we looked at how Paul made it a point to say he was writing in human terms v.19 because mankind apart from Christ is incapable of understanding God’s righteousness. We concluded when we were slaves to sin we did so compulsively, as slaves to righteousness we do so willingly for His glory v.20

     Today we will look at the final three verses in this series, including one of the most noted and quoted in the bible v.23. Paul makes a clear concluding argument for the benefits of Righteous Slavery in Christ. Let’s break it down:  

21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 

As you know fruit in the bible represents the evidence of achievement of one’s labors almost always in a positive manner.  Strong’s (fruit) (2590) (karpos) is used in its literal sense to refer to fruit, produce or offspring, which describes that which is produced by the inherent energy of a living organism. Here it has the meaning of something that comes from producing an effect or result (benefit, advantage, profit, utility). The (AMP) puts it this way: So what benefit did you get at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? [None!] For the outcome of those things is death!

22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit [a]to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 

I have said it before (and got laughs and in trouble once) I love “buts” in the bible.  They cause us to pause and think of what has been written beforehand. In this case But now, forces us to ask the question But now what?

Now I know, that all that I did before Christ had no benefit and the end of those things is death

Now I know, that I have been set free from sin

Now I know, that I have become {willingly} a slave of God

Now I now, I have fruit [a]to holiness 

Now I know, I have an end, everlasting life

John Piper writes that “Becoming a Christian is to have the sovereign captain of the battleship of righteousness commandeer the slave ship of unrighteousness; put the ship-captain, sin, in irons; break the chains of the slaves; and give them such a spiritual sight of grace and glory that they freely serve the new sovereign forever as the irresistible joy and treasure of their lives. That’s how we got saved. God freed us from one master and enslaved us to himself by the compelling power of a superior promise. So embrace this work of God. Receive Christ and his promise as the treasure of your life. (See complete sermon Slaves to God, Sanctification, Eternal Life)

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the [b]gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Wages (3800) (opsonion from ópson = cooked meat + onéomai = buy) whatever is bought to be eaten with bread. It meant rations for a soldier and so his stipend or pay. At Athens it meant “fish.” It came to mean the “provision-money” which Rome gave its soldiers. The wages paid by sin.

Free gift (5486) (charisma [word study] from charis = grace + the ending –ma which indicates the result of something, in this case the result of grace) means a “gift of grace” or “free gift,” and in sixteen of its seventeen New Testament uses is connected to God as the Giver. Charisma emphasizes the freeness of the gift.

Death can be “earned”. Eternal life is God’s gift.

ILLUSTRATION OF WAGES OF SIN by Charles Haddon Spurgeon “A cruel king called one of his subjects into his presence and asked him his occupation. The man responded, I’m a blacksmith.’ The ruler then ordered him to go and make a chain of a certain length. “The man obeyed, returning after several months to show it to the monarch. Instead of receiving praise for what he had done, however, he was instructed to make the chain twice as long. “When that assignment was completed, the blacksmith presented his work to the king, but again was commanded, ‘Go back and double its length!’ This procedure was repeated several times. At last the wicked tyrant directed the man to be bound in the chains of his own making and cast into a fiery furnace.” Like that cruel king, sin exacts from its servants a dreadful price: “The wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). But the good news is the last part of that verse: “The gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” If you are not a Christian, consider the consequence of your sin. Then “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31)

Harry Ironside in Illustrations of Bible Truth has the following illustration on..The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). You cannot earn a gift. It would cease to be a gift if it were purchased with money, or paid for, in whole or in part, in any other way. Years ago, a wealthy lady in New York built a beautiful church. On the day of dedication her agent came up from the audience to the platform and handed the deed of the property to the Episcopal Bishop of New York. The bishop gave the agent $1.00 for the deed, and by virtue of the $1.00, which was acknowledged, the property was turned over to the Episcopal Church. You say, “What a wonderful gift!” Yes, in a certain sense it was, for the passing over of $1.00 was simply a legal observance. But after all, in the full Bible sense it was not a gift, for it cost $1.00; and so the deed was made out, not as a deed of gift, but as a deed of sale. It was sold to the Episcopal Church for $1.00. If you had to do one thing in order to be saved, if you had even to raise your hand, to stand to your feet, had but to say one word, it would not be a gift. You could say, “I did thus and so, and in that way earned my salvation.” But this priceless blessing is absolutely free. “If by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Ro 11:6note). That is what the SPIRIT of GOD tells us in the Word.






Biblical Contentment, Part III

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Continuing our series on Biblical Contentment, we will look at The 7 things the Bible teaches us are key for everyday Christian life: 

Prayer: Proverbs 16:3 

Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established. (ESV)

Encomienda a Jehová tus obras
y tus pensamientos serán afirmados. (RVR 1995)

Study: Psalm 119:11
Fellowship: Hebrews 10:25
Stewardship: 1 Peter 4:10
Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:29
Sharing: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Walking: 1 John 2:6

So I got this right? I don’t need anyone’s help not even God’s. Yes, I have been that Stuck on Stupid before. Oh it is not an intentional I am mad at God or anything like I just get feel I can handle the small things on my own. 

The problem is we are creatures of habit, and our habit of not going to God in prayer for the small things leads to not going to Him in the bigger things which leads to problems which leads to, well you are getting the picture. 

Prayer helps us with those daily decisions (Luke 6:12-13)

The Bible tells us (commands) to pray not just when things get tough but to be in prayer daily (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 4:6-7, Ephesians 6:18-19

Prayer Glorifies God (Luke 2:36-38, 1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Prayer helps us with temptations (Matthew 26:41

There are of course many more bible verses on prayer but your can see by these alone the importance of daily prayer. So how does Prayer helps us with being Biblically Content? Well let us look at two things first

“What is the goal of the Christian life?” asks theologian and pastor R.C. Sproul. “Godliness born of obedience to Christ. Obedience unlocks the riches of the Christian experience. Prayer is what prompts and nurtures obedience, putting the heart into the proper ‘frame of mind’ to desire obedience.”

Dr. Spoul understood that contentment comes from obedience to Christ and prayer is what ushers in that obedience. 

Second: Philippians 4:6-7: do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Prayer brings about the peace in our hearts and minds (for those in Christ) that surpasses all understanding. Trust me on this great minds and countless books have been written on the subject and all fall short of the true understanding of how calm and peaceful, how Biblically Content we feel in Christ.

I pray you experience that today.  

Two quick studies by John Piper on Philippians 4:6-7

Do Not Be Anxious About Anything 

The Heart of Fearless Contentment


    Seven Things Jesus Said on The Cross, Part II

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    by Matt Slick / 11/02/09

    Today we look at the second thing Jesus said on the cross:

    • Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

     2. Luke 23:43, And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (NASB)

    Entonces Jesús le dijo: De cierto te digo que hoy estarás conmigo en el paraíso. (RVR 1960)

    • John 19:26-27, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”
    • John 19:28, “I am thirsty.”
    • John 19:30, “It is finished!”
    • Luke 23:46, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.”

    Once again such a simple and kind statement has such profound impact once we unpack it, so let us break it look at in context.

    Jesus has been crucified between two thieves, one was ugly v.39 “One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[d] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” (ESV)  There are many who can excuse this behavior as someone caught up in the moment with the fear of dying and being in pain etc. Yet the second criminal responds, v.40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? You have to see it, “Do you not fear God” what does he mean by that? Whom is he referring to? Some argue he is generalizing saying in sort ‘you are about to die do you not have any fear (respect) for the God you are about to meet). Looking at the next verse v.41  And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”  would seem to disqualify that since he refers directly to Jesus. 

    In v.42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” we see Faith in action. This criminal makes a BIG request by acknowledging Jesus as God and asking for him to be remembered in eternity. There are a lot of responses that Jesus could have come back with, the one HE chose And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (NASB) has major doctrinal implications. 

    By telling one thief and not the other they would be with Him in eternal Paradise Jesus refutes Universalism which says everyone ends up in paradise. Jesus makes it clear here that is not so.  

    The need for Baptism (Sacramentalism) is refuted. The was no dunking sprinkling no water of any kind and Jesus still promised this man eternal life with Him.

    The idea of Purgatory is refuted. Jesus was explicit in what He said, and unless you are willing to call Him a liar or equally as foolish mistaken or misinformed Purgatory is a fallacy.

    Soul-sleep, or the idea that it is valid was refuted. You can’t be with Jesus (conscious) and be asleep. 

    Further Reading
    John Piper Today You Will be With Me in Paradise

    Called to Minister., Really?

    So you think you have the call to the ministry. Are you sure? Have you really checked all the boxes on the checklist. God has some very strict expectations and standards for His servants in this capacity. Should it be anything less, after all is you are a Pastor/Elder He has given you charge (care) of His flock (local church).

    We as believers know that we are not exempt from judgement (2 Corinthians 5:10) but how much more so will God judge those who teach the Holy Word of God? With all the false teachings being spewed from pulpits today many have nothing to look forward to but the wrath of God come judgement day.

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    Below is an article and audio file from John Piper on the subject

    How Are Teachers Judged More Strictly?

    Other Resources:

    How Does a Man Know if He is Called to Pastoral Ministry?

    Lessons Learned as I Wait to be Called as a Pastor

    Only Men May be Pastors


    Jesus Knows His Sheep

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    There are many verses in the bible that should bring comfort to the believer, these among them. How precious a promise to know that our Great Shepherd knows each of us by name. I hope you enjoy John Piper’s Devotional on the subject – Mike

    “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them.” (John 10:27)

    Jesus knows those who are his. What is this knowledge?

    John 10:3 is a close parallel to John 10:27. It says, “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”

    So, when Jesus says, “I know them,” this means at least that he knows them by name; that is, he knows them individually and intimately. They are not anonymous, lost in the flock.

    John 10:14–15 provides another insight: “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.”

    There is a real similarity between the way Jesus knows his Father in heaven and the way he knows his sheep. Jesus sees himself in the Father, and he sees himself in his disciples.

    To some degree Jesus recognizes his own character in his disciples. He sees his own brand mark on the sheep. This endears them to him.

    He is like a husband waiting for his wife at the airport, watching as each person disembarks from the plane. When she appears, he knows her, he recognizes her features, he sees in her eyes a happy reflection of his own love. He delights in her. She is the only one he embraces.

    The apostle Paul puts it like this: “God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are his’” (2 Timothy 2:19).

    It is hard to overemphasize what a tremendous privilege it is to be known personally, intimately, lovingly by the Son of God. It is a precious gift to all his sheep, and it contains within it profound, personal fellowship and affection and the promise of eternal life.