I hope you’ve been enjoying our study of the Lord’s prayer. It’s something most of us routinely say but don’t often study.
I plan to finish the Lord’s Prayer in December, finish the Sermon on the Mount in January, and then start a new series after a break. We’ll come back to Matthew in the future.
When I open the podcast with “thanks for listening,” I mean it! I am very grateful to have so many listeners from so many countries! It is such a blessing to hear from you and glimpse how God is working through His Word all over the world!
You may have experienced an interruption in the podcast feed. I upgraded my podcasting platform and there were some glitches.
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Sorry for the trouble.
Being religious is no guarantee that you are genuinely following God. Whatever you define as obedience to God – being in full-time ministry, church attendance, praying, fasting, giving to the poor, adopting social justice causes – Jesus says: stop and ask yourself who are you doing it for?
In giving us the Lord’s prayer, Jesus is not giving us a ritual to perform or a spiritual discipline to ensure our prayers are answered. Jesus is challenging us to consider what is our hearts are set on.
In Matthew 6:11 we don’t know with certainty what the word translated “daily” means. This leads to much debate and two good interpretations: one literal and one metaphorical. Both understandings have merit. Both use good methodology. Both teach something that is taught elsewhere in Scripture, and in that sense, both of them are true. In this life, we may never be certain which one Jesus meant, but we can affirm the truths both of them teach.
When studying the atonement, you’re likely to run across two technical words: expiation and propitiation. These terms tend to appear in a text without explanation. But since they are not in the Bible and they don’t often come up in daily conversation, it can be difficult to remember what they mean.
Tools and resources you need to do a word study on the Greek word for sin, hamartia.
Tools and resources you need to do a word study on the Greek noun for trial (periasmos).