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Posts from July 2021

Isaiah 9:6-7 – Oxymoronic Jesus

One of the things that struck me as I studied to preach Isaiah 9 this week was the amount of oxymorons in the text.  An oxymoron is a figure of speech where two seemingly contradictory things are joined together.  Jumbo shrimp.  Less is more.  Pretty ugly. Isaiah describes the coming child (Jesus) in oxymoronic terms.  The language has become so familiar to us since we hear it every Christmas, but when we slow down to think about what Isaiah is…

Isaiah 8 in the New Testament

One area I love to study but rarely have time to explore thoroughly in a sermon is the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament.  The NT seems to love Isaiah 8, quoting the chapter no less than four times in three different books. Here are a few charts comparing the NT’s use of Isaiah 8 (all Scripture in ESV).  I have highlighted the text that is quoted in both the original and quoting source and will offer minimal comment…

Does Isaiah 7:15-16 Teach An Age of Accountability?

Does the Bible teach an “age of accountability”?  This phrase refers to the belief that before a certain age, children are not held accountable by God to their sinful nature since they do not yet have the ability to understand their need to place their faith in Jesus as their Savior.  Usually, discussion on the age of accountability relates to God allowing children who die under this age to go to Heaven even though they have not actually accepted Christ…