The book of Judges contains a series of cycles. First, Israel rebels, then the Lord sends repression. Israel repents, and the Lord rescues. After a season of rest, the Israelites rebel once again, and the cycle repeats.
Through conquest, condemnation, rescue, redemption, and restoration, God draws his people closer to his heart of grace and demonstrates himself to be the only thing in the universe that can truly save them and grant them the blessings of an ultimate promised land.
Moses is preparing the Israelites for their transition from being children of the wilderness to children of the promised land. Repeated throughout the book of Deuteronomy are words like “listen, remember, guard, keep, do, and obey.”
God had delivered them from slavery, brought them through the waters of the Red Sea, miraculously fed them and gave them water, set up a system of worship and law, disciplined them, and forgave their rebellion and doubt many times over.
Throughout this study, we will see that humanity cannot become holy through its work and movement toward God; instead, it is God who works and moves toward humans.
Exodus shows us that God is by nature apart and other than we are when it comes to holiness and perfection. In these closing chapters, the Israelites learned much about the God who had chosen to dwell among them and what life without his presence is like.
God’s law, summarized in the Ten Commandments, reflects God’s perfect expectations for us. Every single law we break proves our unworthiness and earns us eternal punishment. The absolute nature of the law means that even one sin is enough to damn us.
Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and perfectly fulfilled the entire law on our behalf. He did what we could not do. His victory is a gift. Those who are in Christ need no longer fear physical or spiritual death.
Throughout the time of the Exodus, the LORD sets up salvation situations in which the Israelites could not save themselves. Their only hope was to trust that they had a God that would rescue and provide.
As the annual Passover celebration reminded God’s people Israel of their salvation from slavery in Egypt, the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper reminds us of our spiritual salvation from slavery to sin, death, and the devil.
As Exodus opens, the dismal fate of the children of Israel in Egypt is revealed. Why had God allowed his children to suffer in such a way for so long?
In Genesis 42-50, Pharaoh’s dream had come true, and famine had begun to ravage the whole land. Israel requires rescue, not just from starvation but also from the guilt of their sin. See how God provides for the preservation and reconciliation of Jacob’s family.
In the Bible, God permits suffering, sorrow, and uncertainty to be a part of a believer’s life. Joseph’s story teaches us that God can and does work everything out for the good of his people.
Does Jacob persevere with God, or does God persevere with and provide for Jacob?
Is Abraham a good example for us? Or is God the real star of his story?
Explains the LDS definition of salvation and encourages speaking instead of “living eternally with Heavenly Father.”
Suggests counteracting Mormonism’s “do” with the “done” not only of Jesus’ death but also of his perfect life for us.
We like this for a few reasons. 1) Mormonism says our purpose for being on earth is to be tested; 2) it emphasizes that Jesus kept the law for us; and 3) it deals with a topic most Mormons are totally unaware of.
Addresses Mormonism’s emphasis on perfection and how to use Matthew 5:48 and Hebrews 10:14 to talk to them about sin and salvation.
This quotes a couple of LDS sources to show what it teaches about eternal life and then gives the biblical basis for saying eternal life is a gift and a present possession of believers.
A good way to proclaim justification to Mormons because it is an unknown parable to most of them.
Contrasts the uneasiness Mormons experience about Judgment Day with the confidence we can have.
Explains how this parable doesn’t teach that God forgiving us rests on our being forgiving but that our being forgiving results from God forgiving us.
Sometimes Mormons ask Christians to read this chapter from the Book of Mormon. This shows how you can focus on the topic of eternal life.
Lists three reasons why this passage might not be effective to use.
Gives a thorough explanation of this chapter which is a favorite of many Mormons.
A story Mormons like to use to say that works are important in addition to faith. This article shows, however, that it is not a both and situation but is either or. It is either by faith or by works.
Many Christians have found this story effective in illustrating the difference in being motivated by fear or love.
Explains how to use Deuteronomy 13:1-3 to move the discussion off a prophet’s character and history to his teachings.
Warns about making this a topic of discussion and offers a simple illustration to blunt their claim of a corrupted Bible.
Discourages you from bringing this topic up. But if it does arise, emphasize not so much God’s nature but how much greater God is than us and the comfort this gives you.
Uses quotes from LDS leaders to emphasize that this verse does definitely teach that people must work to be saved.
This is the title of an article that Mormons sometimes give Christians. Not only is a copy of this article provided but also a commentary explaining how it portrays classic Mormonism.
This is the title of a talk given by a LDS apostle. Not only is a copy of his talk provided but also a commentary explaining how it portrays classic Mormonism.
Spells out a way to counter the popular Mormon illustration that God gave us piano lessons.
Mormons often refer to this passage when talking about baptizing for the dead. This brief article shows how you can neutralize their use of it.
Mormons refer to this when explaining their belief that people can be converted after death. This brief article lays out the correct biblical interpretation.
Mormons sometimes quote when discussing perfection. It shows how even its context in the Book of Mormon nullifies their point.
Almost everybody who has spent any time at all talking with Mormons have been told this. Most find it extremely frustrating but are also in a quandary wondering how to respond.
A LDS doctrine which greatly puzzles Christians is the idea that good resulted from Adam’s Fall.