Hosea 5 – Acknowledging Trials & Judgment

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>Hosea 5: Judgment Acknowledged

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. GOD’S PEOPLE MUST ANNOUNCE FAILURE (5:1-7)
A. FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP
>>1. FAIL TO RESPECT HISTORY

Hosea 5:1 Hear this, O priests! Pay attention, O house of Israel! Give ear, O house of the King! For this judgment is on you; for you have been a snare at Mizpah and a net spread on Mt Tabor.
(I Samuel 7)
>>2. FAIL TO SEPARATE FROM SIN
Hosea 5:2-3 These rebels are knee-deep in blood, but I will discipline them all. I have cared for Ephraim, and have not neglected Israel; but now, O Ephraim, because you have played the prostitute, Israel is defiled.
(II Kgs 24:3-4; Ps 94:11; Jer 16:17; I Chron 28:9)

B. FAILURE OF PEOPLE
>>1. FAIL IN ACTIONS

Hosea 5:4-5a Their actions do not permit them to return to their God. For the spirit of prostitution remains in them, and they know not the Lord. Israel’s arrogance testifies against them
>>2. FAIL IN ATTITUDE
Hosea 5:5b-6 Israel and Ephraim will stumble in their sin; Judah also stumbles with them. With their sacrificial animals they go to seek the Lord, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn from them.
(Jude 24)
3. FAIL IN CONTINUITY
Hosea 5:7 They act deceptively before the Lord; for they have borne illegitimate offspring. Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields.
(Is 1:13)

II. GOD’S PEOPLE MUST SOUND THE ALARM (5:8-15)
A. JUDGMENT OF BOTH NATIONS
>>1. TRIALS OUTWARDLY

Hosea 5:8-9 Blow the shofar in Gibeah. Sound the trumpet in Ramah. Raise the battle cry at Beth-aven. Tremble in fear, O Benjamin! Ephraim shall become desolate in the judgment day; (among the tribes of Israel I proclaim that this is a certainty).
(Lev 25:9; II Chron 15:4; Ps 81:3; Jdg 5; II Kgs 15:19; 16:6; 17)
>>2. TRIALS INWARDLY
Hosea 5:10-11 The princes of Judah have become like those who change the landmarks; upon them I will pour out My wrath like a flood. Ephraim is subjugated, justice is crushed, because he was determined to seek worthless gods.

B. JUDGMENT IS CERTAIN
>>1. TRIALS SUBTLY

Hosea 5:12 But I am like a moth to Ephraim, and like dry rot to the house of Judah
>>2. TRIALS HELPLESSLY
Hosea 5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness and Judah his injury, Ephraim quickly turned to the Assyrian Warrior King. But he was not able to cure you or heal your injury.
(II Kgs 17:3; 16:7-9; 18:13-16)
>>3. TRIALS OPENLY
Hosea 5:14-15 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I will tear, then depart; I will carry off everyone, and no one will rescue them. I will return to My lair, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face, and in their distress earnestly seek Me.


Hosea 4 – Case for the Prosecution

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>Hosea 4: Case for the Prosecution

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. CHARGES LEVELED (4:1-3)
A. EXAMINATION OF INDICTMENT
>>1. DECLARE GOD’S WORD

Hosea 4:1a Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelis, for the Lord has an indictment against the residents in the land: (Prov 1:24-29)
>>2. DECRY THREE MISSING ELEMENTS
Hosea 4:1b There is no faithfulness, no loving devotion, and no acknowledgment of God in the land. (Prov 9:10)

B. EXAMPLES VERIFY THE INDICTMENT
>>1. DEPRAVITY OF MORALS

Hosea 4:2 There is cursing, lying, murder, stealing, and adultery; they break all boundaries, and bloodshed leads to more bloodshed.
>>2. DESTRUCTION OF ENVIRONMENT
Hosea 4:3 Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it suffer. The animals on earth and birds in the air, even the fish in the sea are dying. (Gen 1:26)

II. CONSEQUENCES OF THE INDICTMENT (4:4-14)
A. EVIDENCE PROVES GUILT
>>1. DEBASED LEADERSHIP

Hosea 4:4-6 But let no person bring a charge or accuse another, for My contention is with the priest. You stumble day and night, with the prophet as well. I will strike mute your family.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you’ve rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to Me. Since you’ve ignored God’s Torah, I also will ignore your family.
(Deut 17:9-12;33:10; Ps 138:2; Jn 1:1; Ezek 44:23; Mal 2:7; II Tim 4:2)
>>2. DEFILED LEADERSHIP
Hosea 4:7-9 The more priests there were, the more they sinned against Me. They changed My glory to disgrace. They feed on the sins of My people, delighting in such sin offerings. Yes, ‘like people, like priest’. I will punish them all for their ways and repay them for their deeds.

B. EXHIBITION OF MENTALITY
>>1. DISATISFACTION OF THE SOUL

Hosea 4:10-12 They will eat, but not be satisfied; they will play the prostitute, but not flourish, because they have deserted the Lord. They cherish immorality; old and new wine deadens their understanding. My people seek advice from a piece of wood and want their walking staff to give them messages. An immoral spirit leads them astray, and they have become unfaithful to their God.
>>2 DECLINE OF THE NATION
Hosea 4:13-14 They sacrifice on the mountaintops and burn offerings on the hills, under oak, poplar, and elm, comfortable in their shade. Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution, and your daughters-in-law to adultery. I will not punish your daughters who do such, since the men themselves visit prostitutes and sacrifice with shrine devotees. Such a people without discernment will be overrun!

III. CAVEAT TO OTHERS (4:15-19)
A. ENCOURAGEMENT TO JUDAH
>>1. DETERENCE

Hosea 4:15-16 Though you commit adultery, O Israel, don’t let Judah join the guilty. Do not enter Gilgal, nor go up to Beth-aven, and take the oath, “As the Lord lives.” Like a stubborn heifer, Israel is obstinate; can the Lord now feed them like a lamb in a meadow? (I Cor 15:33; I Kg 12:28-29)
>>2. DISCARDED
Hosea 4:17-19 Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone. When their drink is gone, they continue in immorality; their leaders dearly love shameful deeds. A whirlwind has wrapped them in her skirts, and their sacrifices will bring them shame. (Ezek 23:42-44)

B. ENLIGHTENMENT FOR US TODAY
>>1. DETAILS APPLIED IN NT
(Rom 1:21-32)
>>2. DITTO FOR TODAY (I Jn 5:21, Lk 22:32-34)


Hosea 3 – High Cost of Redemption

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>Hosea 3: The High Cost of Redemption

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. RESTORATION OF HOSEA’S BRIDE
A. FALLEN STATE OF HIS BRIDE

Hosea 3:1 And the Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her even like the Lord loves Israel, though they turn to other gods and love pagan cakes of raisins.”
>>1. HARD TO OBEY (Lk 24:17-21; Deut 24:1, Mt 19:7-8)
>>2. HARD TO LOVE (Eph 5:25)

B. RESTORED STATE OF HIS BRIDE
Hosea 3:2-3 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a bushel and a peck of barley. Then I told her, “You must live as my wife for all your days. You shall not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man; so will I follow the same rule to you.”
>>1. HARD TO PAY FOR WHAT WAS RIGHTFULLY HIS
>>2. HARD FOR A NEW RELATIONSHIP

II. RESTORATION OF GOD’S BRIDE, ISRAEL
A. FALLEN STATE OF GOD’S PEOPLE

Hosea 3:4 For the nation of Israel will remain many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or household gods.
>>1. HARD TO AVOID JUDGMENT OF GOD (Josh 4:5; 24:26; Gen 28:18; I Kg 12:28-31)
>>2. HARD TO FIND REDEMPTION (Ruth 3:11-13; 4:3-6; Mt 20:28; Titus 2:14; I Pet 1:18-19; I Cor 6:20)

B. RESTORED STATE OF GOD’S PEOPLE
Hosea 3:5 Afterward the nation of Israel will return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to His blessings in the last days.
>>1. HARD TO SEEK THE LORD (Is 55:3-5; Jer 30:9; Ezek 34:23-25)
>>2. HARD TO REPENT (Rom 11:1, 5, 25-27)


Hosea 2 – The Door of Hope

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>Hosea: The Door of Hope

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. REBUKE
A. HEAR

>>1. PROMPT
Hosea 2:2 “Rebuke your mother, rebuke her for she is not My wife, and I am not her husband. Let her wipe the adulterous look from her face, and her unfaithfulness from between her breasts.
>>2. PLIGHT
Hosea 2:3 “Or else I will expose her and make her as naked as the day she was born. I will dry her up like a desert, like parched land, and kill her with thirst.

B. HEED
>>1. PROVISION
Hosea 2:4 Upon her children also I will show no love, because they are children of adultery. Their mother has played the harlot, and she conceived them in disgrace.
>>2. PRESUMPTUOUS
Hosea 2:5 She said, ‘I will chase after my lovers, who give me my food and my drink, my wool and my linen, my oil and my wine.’ (also Heb 11:24-26; Rom 6:23)

II. RESPONSE #1
A. HEDGED IN

>>1. PATH
Hosea 2:6a Therefore I will hedge up her path with thorn bushes.
>>2. PENNED IN
Hosea 2:6b I will build a wall around her, so that she cannot find her way.

B. HARDENED
>>1. PROMISE
Hosea 2:7 She will chase her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will promise, ‘I will return to my first husband, for I was better-off then than now.’
>>2. PITIFUL
Hosea 2:8 Still she didn’t acknowledge that I was the One who gave her the grain, the wine, and the oil, and who lavished on her silver and gold, which they used for Baal.

III. RESPONSE #2
A. HARDSHIP

>>1. PRIVATIONS
Hosea 2:9-11 Therefore I will take away My grain in its harvest, and My wine in season. I will take away My wool and My linen, which were intended to cover her nakedness. Now I will expose her lewdness in the eyes of her lovers; no one will take her out of My hands. I will stop all her celebrations: her feasts, her new moons, her Sabbath days – all her appointed festivals.
>>2. PUNISHMENT
Hosea 2:12-13a I will ruin her vineyards and her orchards of which she said, ‘This is the fee my lovers have given me.’ I will turn them into a thicket and wild animals will devour them. I will punish her for the feasts of the Baals when she burned offerings to them and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry.

B. HELPLESS
>>1. PURSUIT
Hosea 2:13b However, she still chased after her lovers
>>2. PROBLEM
Hosea 2:13c and forgot Me, declares the Lord.

IV. RESPONSE #3
A. HOPE

>>1. PULL
Hosea 2:14-15a “Therefore, watch – for I will allure her, and lead her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her back her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. (also Josh 7:26)
>>2. PREVAIL UPON
Hosea 2:15b “There she will sing there as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt. (also Rom 8:31)

B. HAVEN
>>1. PURITY
Hosea 2:16-17 “And in that day, declares the Lord, you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Master.’ For I will remove the names of the false gods from her mouth’; their names invoked no more.
>>2. PEACE
Hosea 2:18 “In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds of the sky, and the creatures moving along the ground. I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, allowing you to lie down in safety.
>>3. PLEDGE
Hosea 2:19-20 “I will betroth you to Me forever. I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in love and in mercy. I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.

V. REPENTANCE
A. HELP

>>1. POWER
Hosea 2:21 And in that day I will respond, declares the Lord. I will answer the heavens, and [the heavens] shall answer the earth, (also Jn 15:7)
>>2. PRODUCE
Hosea 2:22 and the earth shall answer the harvest – the grain, the wine, and the oil – and they shall answer Jezreel (Planted).” (also Mt 6:33)

B. HOME
>>1. PLANT
Hosea 2:23a “I will plant her for Myself in the Land,
>>2. PROCAIM
Hosea 2:23b and I will shower love on the ones I called ‘No Mercy’, and I will say to ‘Not My People’, ‘You ARE my people’. Then they will say, ‘You are my God.'”

One by one He took them from me, all the things I valued most,
Until I was empty-handed; every glittering toy was lost.
And I walked earth’s highways, grieving in my rags and poverty.
Till I heard His voice inviting, “Lift your empty hands to Me!”

So I held my hands toward heaven, and He filled them with a store
Of His own transcendent riches, Till they could contain no more.
And at last I comprehended with my stupid mind and dull,
That God could not pour His riches into hands already full!


Hosea 1 – The Gospel Story

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>Hosea: The Gospel Story

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. ACT ONE
A. CURTAIN IS RAISED

Hosea 1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam II the son of Joash, king of Israel.
>>1. THE LIFE OF HOSEA
>>2. THE WORLD OF HOSEA

B. COMMAND GIVEN
Hosea 1:2-3a When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said, “Go, marry a prostitute and have children by her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness by forsaking the Lord.” So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim
>>1. IN THE ROLE OF “GOD”
>>2. IN THE ROLE OF “ISRAEL”

II. ACT TWO
A. CALL HIM “SCATTERED”

Hosea 1:3b-5 She conceived and bore him a son. And the Lord said to him, “Name him Scattered [Jezreel], for soon I will punish the house of Jehu for the bloodshed at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.”
>>1. JEZREEL
>>2. CONFIRM GOD’S PROMISE (II Kings 10-15)

B. CALL HER “NO MERCY” (no pity)
Hosea 1:6-7 She conceived again and bore a daughter. And the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her name No Mercy [Lo-ruhamah], for I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel, to forgive them in any way. But I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God, NOT by bow or by sword or by war or by horses or cavalry.”
>>1. JUDGMENT COMING (II Kg 18)
>>2. DESTRUCTION OF NORTHERN KINGDOM (II Kings 19)

C. CALL HIM “NOT MY PEOPLE”
Hosea 1:8-9 When she had weaned No Mercy [Lo-ruhamah], Gomer conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said, “Call his name Not My People [Lo-ammi], for you are not my people, and I am not your God.”
>>1. REJECTING GOD
>>2. REJECTED BY GOD

III. ACT THREE
A. CONFIDENCE

Hosea 1:10-11a Yet the Israelis will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” they will be called, “Children of the living God.” The people of Judah and people of Israel will be united as one and together choose one Leader.
>>1. UNNUMBERED
>>2. UNIFIED (Eph 2:13-16)

B. CHANGES
Hosea 1:11-2:1 And they shall go up from the land, for great shall be the day of Planting [Jezreel]. Proclaim to your brother “My people,” [Ammi] and to your sister, “Received mercy” [Ruhamah].
>>1. NEW MEANING: PLANTED
>>2. NEW MEANING: PEOPLE
>>3. NEW MEANING: PITIED


Acts – Follow-Up (Fifth Missionary Journey)

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Exposition of Acts: Follow-up on Paul’s Travels

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. AD 62-63
A. ROME

>>1. WHERE ACTS 28 ENDS
>>2. WHAT HAPPENED IN ROME?
Acts 27:23-24 Last night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar.
Phil 1:19-26 “I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain alive and continue to be with you, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

B. SPAIN
>>1. RETURN TO OLD MISSION FIELD
Phm 1:22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you
>>2. REACH NEW MISSION FIELD
Rom 15:22-29 “This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while.
When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to those in Jerusalem what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of Rome. I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

I Clement 5:5-7 AD 95 testified in Rome:

II. AD 64-65
A. ASIA

>>1. CRETE
Titus 1:5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you
>>2. EPHESUS
I Tim 1:3b remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine
II Tim 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds
II Tim 1:15 You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes
>>3. COLOSSAE
Phm 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you
>>4. MILETUS
I Tim 1:3a As I urged you [Timothy] when I was leaving for Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus
II Tim 4:20b I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus

B. EUROPE
>>1. TROAS
II Tim 4:13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments
>>2. MACEDONIA
I Tim 1:3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia,
>>3. ACHAIA
Titus 3:12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.
II Tim 4:20 Erastus remained behind at Corinth
>>4. NICOPOLIS
Acts 24:5 He was noted Christian “ringleader”; rearrested
II Tim 4:13, 21a When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Do your best to come before winter.

III. AD 65-67
A. ROME

>>1. PRISON
II Tim 1:16-18 May the Lord grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me — may the Lord grant him mercy on that Day.
II Tim 4:11a Only Luke is with me.
II Tim 4:11b Find John Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry
>>2. HEARTACHE
II Tim 4:16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!
II Tim 4:10a For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.
Col 4:14; Phm 24
II Tim 4:21 Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers
II Tim 4:10b Crescens has gone to Galatia
II Tim 4:10c Titus to Dalmatia.
II Tim 4:12 Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.

B. HEAVEN
>>1. AWAITING EXECUTION
II Tim 4:6–7 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
>>2. EXECUTION


Special Speaker – Todd Schmidt, UW Campus Ministry

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>Special Speaker: University of Wyoming Campus Missionary, Todd Schmidt

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A Sermon by University of Wyoming Todd Schmidt, a missionary supported by Sovereign Grace Church

Study on Justification from Romans 5


Special Speaker Brother Nick Belveal

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>Special Speaker: Brother Nick Belveal

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Special Speaker Elder Jim Garbutt

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>Special Speaker: Elder Jim Garbutt ably filling in as Pastor was unable to preach this week

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Acts 28:17-31 Fantastic Story

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Exposition of Acts: Fantastic Story

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. MEETING OF THE MINDS
A. REPORT

>>1. HEARING OF THE JEWS
Acts 28:17 After three days Paul called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
(Acts 2:10; 18:2; 19:21; 22:3; Rom 1:16)
>>2. HELD WITHOUT CAUSE
Acts 28:18 When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.

B. REASONS
>>1. HELP FROM ROME
Acts 28:19 But because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar—though I had no charge to bring against my nation.
(Acts 2:14; 10:39; 14:1-2)
>>2. HOPE OF ISRAEL
Acts 28:20 For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain.”
(Job 19:25-27; Is 26:19; Dan 12:3)

C. REPLY
>>1. HOPELESS CASE AGAINST PAUL
Acts 28:21 And they said to him, “We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of the brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you.
>>2. HONEST DESIRE
Acts 28:22 But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.”

II. MESSAGE OF THE MESSIAH
A. REHASHING

>>1. HOLDING FORTH THE WORD
Acts 28:23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God, and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Torah of Moses and from the Prophets.
(Mt 6:10; Lk 24:27)
>>2. HASHING IT OVER
Acts 28:24-25a Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe, disagreeing among themselves.

B. RESPONSE
>>1. HAMMER AWAY
Acts 28:25b-26 For Paul had made this statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: “‘Go to this people, and say, “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
(Isaiah 6:9-10; Mt 13:14-15; Mk 4:12; Lk 8:10; Jn 12:39-40; Rom 11:25)
>>2. HEARTS & HEARING
Acts 28:27 For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’
>>3. HIT THE POINT
Acts 28:28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
(Ps 67:2; II Cor 2:16)

C. RESULT
>>1. HOSTILE AUDIENCE
Acts 28:29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed with continued debate among themselves.
(II Cor 3:14; 4:3-6)
>>2. HEARTFELT WELCOME
Acts 28:30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him,
(Philemon 10; Mt 22:1-14)
>>3. HINDRANCES AVOIDED
Acts 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
(Rom 1:16; Acts 20:24)