How Sin Makes Us Fearful

While my favorite aspect of Matthew Henry’s commentaries are his brief yet piercing nuggets of application, my journey with Henry through Genesis 3 led me to the insights below, which were captivating enough to me that, instead of highlighting a couple of sentences like I normally do, I simply wrote at the top of the …

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Gems from Henry on Genesis 1

As I’ve noted previously, I am taking up Spurgeon’s recommendation for ministers to read through Matthew Henry’s commentaries. Thus far, I have not been disappointed. Henry’s explanation of the text is certainly valuable, but his nuggets of application are where he really shines. Below is a sampling of some of those gems taken from his …

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Wrestling with God

Jacob & Esau | Genesis 25

This sermon was preached in 2016. In this text, we read the beginning of God’s plan for Jacob. Before Jacob is born, God chooses him to usurp his older brother, Esau, as the inheritor of God’s covenantal blessing from his father, Isaac. The chapter ends with Jacob’s first step in securing the inheritance of the …

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The Man of Faith

Abraham Sacrifices Isaac | Genesis 22

This sermon was originally preached in 2015. This chapter is certainly the greatest trial that Abraham ever faced. His twenty-five-year wait, his war against kings to rescue Lot, his walk of faith to Canaan were nothing compared to the difficulty of trusting the LORD in this task. However, by this, we learn that Abraham truly …

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God Rescues Lot | Genesis 19

This sermon was originally preached in 2015. Our present text begins with two angels coming into Sodom and meeting Lot. Like any good host, Lot invites them into his house; however, the men of the city are intent on being less kind of the angels. We see the depravity of humanity as the men desperately …

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The Conversion of Abraham | Genesis 12:1-9

This sermon was originally preached in 2015 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will …

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Unity, as Seen at Babel | Genesis 11:4

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4 Unity is not an intrinsic good, as the episode of Babel reveals. Humanity was never …

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The Pride of Man | Genesis 11

With around 6500 languages in the world, we are a divided people. The previous chapter of Genesis gave to us the Table of Nations, explaining from where each major people group descended. After explaining the descendants of each of Noah’s sons, we were told that they were listed by their clans, languages, lands, and nations. …

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The Fall of Noah & the Table of Nations | Genesis 9:18-10:32

The events recorded in this passage of Scripture are some of the most perplexing in the entire Bible. For three and a half chapters, Noah has been the primary character, and through his narrative, we received the first lengthy account of a follower of God. Noah was a righteous man by the grace of God …

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The Noahic Covenant | Genesis 9:1-17

Within these verses is one of the major covenants established in the Bible. God’s covenant with Noah comes on the heels of the most cataclysmic event that humanity has seen. God, wrathful at the people’s constant sins, destroyed the entire earth with the exception of only eight people. Through the floodwaters, God reverted creation back …

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