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Posts by Bryan Murawski

John 5b – A Pyramid Scheme

Picture this: you’re reading the Bible, and you come across a verse that sounds really familiar. You look back a few sentences and discover that the verse sounds almost exactly like a previous verse you just read! One of the reasons that verses sometimes tend to “mirror” one another is that the author may be…

John 4a – Well, Well, Well…

Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour (John 4:6, ESV).   For early readers of John’s Gospel, especially those working through it for the first time, this statement might have brought up some good old-fashioned Old Testament memories.…

John 1a – The Word Was God

You hear a knock on your door. Opening it, you find two well-dressed men holding Bibles, eager to talk to you about God. They are Jehovah’s Witnesses. During your conversation, you discover that they do not believe that Jesus is God. In fact, they turn to John 1:1 to “prove” it. Your Bible reads: In…

Exodus 36b-37 – Meticulous Repetition and Ezekiel’s Temple

The repetition in Exodus 35-40 functions to demonstrate the exact obedience of the Israelites in fulfilling God’s commands to build the Tabernacle according to the heavenly specifications. The sermon highlighted one occasion where this literary phenomena appears in another Ancient Near Eastern text. There are many examples of meticulous repetition in the Bible itself. Genesis…

Exodus 33 – Theme Words

When I really want to stress something important to my children, I repeat it several times, sometimes in different tones or with different emphases. That way I’m sure they will hear me clearly and I’ll get my point across. God often does the same for us. Many times in a single passage or narrative unit,…

Exodus 30 – Numbers-Obsessed

Here is an interesting case where I cut something from the sermon because it never should’ve been there to begin with. This is really an issue where hermeneutics meets homiletics (hermeneutics is the art and science of studying the Bible, and homiletics is the art and science of preaching the Bible). Sometimes just because something…