Joseph as a type of Christ

Like King David, Joseph offers us both an example as a typical believer and a pointer to the Gospel as a type of Christ. Here I want to pick up on some of the ways that Joseph provides us with that pointer to Christ and the Gospel. Continue reading

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A disturbing Interruption (Genesis 38)

Our Sunday Night Church studies have been taking us through the life of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. The story begins in chapter 37 with Joseph telling his brothers about his dreams, being given a beautiful coat marking his father’s love for him and then being sold into slavery. However instead of continuing the story with Joseph’s service in Potiphar’s house, chapter 38 interrupts the flow with the disturbing story of Judah and Tamar. Continue reading

A Tragic Victory (2 Samuel 18)

Absalom should not have died that day. It was unjust, avoidable, a tragedy. I’ve mentioned a few times recently the difference between comedy and tragedy. Comedy ends in victory, joy and celebration. The protagonist is better off at the end than at the start. Tragedy ends in disaster for the central characters. Continue reading

Preaching Old Testament and other Narrative Passages

Here are a couple of tips and thoughts around preparing to preach or teach on Old Testament narrative -actually these potentially apply into the NT and other contexts as well. However, I hope this will be particularly helpful as we continue to work through 2 Samuel and prepare to teach on the end of Genesis at Sunday Night Church. Continue reading

Putting 2 halves together

So we’ve all seen those films where a character is walking round with one half of a locket on a chain. Eventually they meet the person with the other half. One of the challenges of preaching is that you have to choose where to put the breaks each week. This means that sometimes you will find yourself looking at a passage and thinking ” but that’s only one half of the story.” Continue reading

David in exile – Death and Resurrection foreshadowed

On Easter Sunday, we saw how Jesus met with the two travellers on the Road to Emmaus. Luke tells us that [1]

“Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”

This is the starting point for saying that we can and should preach Christ from all Scripture. So, when I’m looking at an Old Testament passage, I’m thinking “How could I preach Christ and the Gospel from here?” Or … “if Jesus had picked up on this bit on the Emmaus Road, what would he have said about it?” Continue reading

Joseph’s Story (Genesis 37-50 Big Picture)

The book of Genesis closes with the story of Jacob’s 12 sons focusing specifically on Joseph (Genesis 37 -50). It tells how the people of Israel found themselves in Egypt prior to the Exodus.

Jacob has settled back in Canaan and had 12 sons via his two wives, Leah and Rachel as well as their maidservants who they give to him as concubines. Rachel, his first and greater love has provided him with two of the sons, Joseph and Benjamin. Continue reading