Judgment

The Sacrificing King
Forgiveness always costs. As 2 Samuel ends, we visit the site of the future temple where King David makes a sacrifice to save his people from judgement. This sacrifice is a shadow of Jesus who sacrifices himself to rescue us from judgement. King David’s willingness to lay down his life for Israel, his sheep, prepares us for Jesus, the good shepherd who dies for his sheep. Outline David’s grasping census (24:1-10) Consequences and compassion (24:11-25) Jesus, the self-sacrificing king

Blind Judging the Blind
Judging a blind man (9:1-5) …who is given sight (9:6-13) …reveals true blindness (9:14-41) Tradition and Religion Fear of people Pride Has judgment made you blind?

What is Jesus Doing About Persecution?
Paul and the Thessalonians (vv1-2) Acts 17 A Church Growing in Faith and Love (v3) A Church that is Persecuted (vv4-10) Isaiah 2:19 Romans 12:9 A Church Working for Jesus’ Glory (vv11-22) What is Jesus doing?

Jesus’ Trial
The Trial Religious leaders (22:66-71) Pilate - part 1 (23:1-7) Herod (23:8-12) Pilate - part 2 (23:13-24) Following Jesus to the cross The other Simon (23:26) The women (23:27-31) Judging the judge

The Day of Justice and Forgiveness
The day of justice (vv1-16a) God will judge the nations …for their sin So prepare to meet the LORD! (Revelation 14:14-20) The day of forgiveness (vv16b-21) (Revelation 21:27) Are you prepared for this day?

A Day of Repentance
The prophet Joel (Joel 1:1) A plague of biblical proportions … is a call to true repentance True repentance (2 Corinthians 7:2-12) (During the sermon we watched this news report of a locust plague in Madagascar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTOgUjMcQWk)

Celebrating the LORD's Victory
The LORD Wins! God and Genocide War on Idolatry Deuteronomy 20:16-18 Colossians 3:5-10 War and Punishment Genesis 15:13-16 2 Corinthians 5:21 Revelation 19:11-16 2 Peter 3:9

Brought In
(Just before the sermon began we watched this video clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul16jUU8-Sc) Two sneaky men and a shady lady (2:1-7) God's reputation (2:8-11) Striking a deal (2:12-21) The spies report (2:22-23) Rahab brought in (6:22-25; Matthew 1:5-6) God brings us in (Ephesians 2:12-13)

Guilty as Charged
Two objections: Can God be trusted? (3:1-4) Is God fair? (3:5-8) Our Big Problem (3:9-18) So what's the law good for? (3:19-20) The verdict is in…

Not The Usual Suspects
The Charge: Hypocrisy (2:1-4) The Sentence: Judged (2:5-16) But! We've got the Law (2:17-24) We're the circumcised (2:25-29) God's word to non-usual suspects