Praise

Parable of Wineskins Pt III

Matthew 9:14-17 provides an example of Old Testament revelation to describe the arrival of Christ. This description of Christ arriving occurs during Jesus' response to a question about fasting. Jesus responds by telling a parable about wineskins to illustrate his fulfillment of the Old Testament while ushering in something new. Matthew being keenly aware of Jewish traditions and their implications paints a picture of Jesus as the new tradition no longer bound to the old tradition. Jesus bypasses the old tradition by declaring his fulfillment of it.

Parable of Wineskins Pt II

The parable of the wineskins takes place during an inquiry made by the disciples of John about fasting to Jesus. This inquiry originates from a Jewish tradition of fasting. The tradition represents revering God, submitting to God, and mourning of the dead. Therefore, John's disciples wanted to know if Christ was in fact the Son of God. If this statement was true, then should not Jesus' actions reflect total reverence and submission to God? Jesus initially responds to the inquiry by placing fasting within the confines of their Jewish tradition of the wedding ceremony.

Parable of Wineskins Pt I

Do we as Christians rejoice knowing that Christ ushered in something new? In him, we are no longer bound by the 400 hundred plus laws that the Israelites had to obey under the Old Covenant. Do we as Christians fully understand Christ's redemptive power found in the New Covenant? By possessing this understanding of Christ's redemptive power, does it lead us to praising God all the more? The Parable of the Wineskins (Matthew 9:14 – 17) identifies Jesus being the New Covenant and surpassing the Old.

The Transfiguration

Ephesians 1: 11 -14 describes praise for the assurance of believer's heritage. Christians praise God, the one who predestined them according to his purpose. Verse 12 states that those who place their hope in Christ will be for God's glorious praise. Therefore, God receives honor from humankind, when they are redeemed from sin. More specifically, as believers hope in Christ, they become a praise instrument for the glory of God.

 

Praise His Holy Name

Chapters 36 and 38 of the Book of Ezekiel identify God establishing his holiness or sanctification by his actions toward the nations and Israel. In Ezekiel 38:23, Ezekiel exemplifies God asserting his supremacy in the eyes of many nations. In Ezekiel 36:23, God demonstrates his supremacy and power amongst the Israelites as well as nations. God reveals his supremacy by being sanctified or made holy in the eyes of sinners through his saving activity of his people. God provides redemption for his people, by cleansing them from their sins and providing them with a new heart.

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