D.A Carson wrote in “For the Love of God, Volume 1, July 28” In Acts 15, it is critically important to understand what the dispute was about that called into existence what has since been labeled “the Jerusalem Council.” Some (Jewish) men traveled from Judea to Antioch and began teaching the believers there that even … More At issue: the freedom of God’s grace
D. A. Carson writes in “For the Love of God, Volume 1, Feb 17” THE LAST CHAPTER OF GENESIS includes a section that is both pathetic and glorious (Gen. 50:15-21). Everything that is sad and flawed in this family resurfaces when Jacob dies. Joseph’s brothers fear that their illustrious sibling may have suppressed vengeful resentment … More DA Carson: God is sovereign, and invariably good; we are morally responsible, and frequently evil.
D.A. Carson on 2 Kings 22-23, in “For the Love of God, Vol 1, Nov 9” THE LAST SERIOUS ATTEMPT at moral and theological reformation in the kingdom of Judah is reported in 2 Kings 22.After that, there is only the ﬁnal slide into exile. King Hezekiah, the effect of whose reign was so largely good, was … More D. A. Carson- “Only grace is a sufficient hedge.”
Dr. D.A. Carson on 2 Kings 16 (from “The Love of God, Vol 1, Nov 3”) THE BOOKS OF1AND 2 KINGS, though they follow the fortunes of both Judah and Israel (the southern and northern kingdoms, respectively, after the division that followed Solomon’s death), lay more emphasis on Israel, the northern ten tribes. More space is … More Religiously and theologically, Ahaz was a disaster.
Quoting from “For the Love of God, Volume 1, October 13” FIRST AND 2 KINGS narrate the declining fortunes of both the northern and south- ern kingdoms. Occasionally there is a reforming king in one realm or the other. But on the whole the direction is downward. Some orientation (1Kings 16): (1) Although 1 and 2 Kings … More Dr. D.A. Carson on 1 Kings 16
We have reached Judges 19, a terrifying and awful account of how bad things had gotten in Israel. D.A.Carson, in “For the Love of God, Vol 1” says “the law of the jungle has triumphed in the fledgling nation of Israel.” Indeed, Judges 19: 1 says, “In those days, when there was no king in … More Judges and the Law of the Jungle
Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Everyone was doing as they pleased and not according to God. Micah steals from his mother (so much for family loyalty!) then confesses (maybe because he is afraid….his mother curses the thief, not knowing it was … More Just do it?
In Acts 15, the church is dealing with an argument. Some (Jewish) men began teaching the believers that even though they believed in Jesus, they couldn’t be saved unless they followed the law of Moses and were circumcised. Dr. D.A.Carson writes in “For the Love of God, Volume 1:” It finally develops into the question of how … More Understanding the Debate of Acts 15