Bible teacher Michael Brent helps listeners observe and interpret the Word of God. His present series addresses the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) with an emphasis on the sermon’s thought and structure. Previous series on the Pentateuch, Isaiah, John, Acts and Romans can be found by searching here at podbean or by accessing these series individually at the observetheword.com website or on various podcasting platforms such as itunes, spotify and youtube.
Matthew 5:1-16 Kingdom Values
In Matthew 5:1-16, Jesus begins the sermon on the mount with a two part introduction. First, he communicates a series of virtues God affirms by rewarding. And second, he exhorts his disciples to be salt and light in society, presumably by living out the virtues that God values. But what does it look like, really, to live out the virtues? In the end, Jesus raises more questions than answers, and that is intentional.
Matthew 3-4 Gospel of the Kingdom
In Matthew 3-4, we continue to follow Matthew as he sets up the context for the sermon on the mount. Who is this Jesus? What has he come to do? What is his connection to the Old Covenant? What does he mean that the kingdom of heaven is near? What is this gospel of the kingdom that Jesus proclaims?
Matthew 1-2 Origin of the King
We begin our Sermon on the Mount series with a two-part overview of Matthew 1-4 to set up our context. Who is this Jesus? What has he come to do? What is his connection to the Old Covenant? That's what Matthew has in mind to tell us, starting with the origin of the king in chapters 1 and 2.
Isaiah 66:18-24 A Sign Among the Nations
In Isaiah 66:18-24, the end of Isaiah speaks of the end of this age. God sets a sign among his people. And he sends survivors out to the ends of the earth. They raise the sign as a standard. It is time to gather in the nations, time for every knee to bow and every tongue confess that the Holy One of Israel, He is God.
Isaiah 65:17-66:17 New Heavens and New Earth
In Isaiah 65:17-66:17, God's response to the watcher's lament reaches a climax with the promise of a recreation. God will create the heavens and earth anew as an eternal dwelling place for his chosen ones. Who are the chosen ones? Who are these servants of God that dwell with him forever?
Isaiah 63:7-65:16 Lament and Response
In Isaiah 63:7-65:16, we move from the triumphant vision of glorious Zion to the struggle of holding onto the promise of that glorious future in the painful present. A human watcher cries out to God in a theological rich lament. God challenges the watcher to accept a more accurate perspective of what he is doing.
A great addition and supplement to your time in the word! I met Michael as an intern with Cru in Croatia. He took a week to teach the Pentateuch to my team, but the wisdom & knowledge he imparted was more than head knowledge of scripture, it was heart change and life change for many of us! I am perpetually thankful for his explanation of the Two Covenant Questions and share them with my disciples in America.
Like food for the soul
Michael Brent does a fantastic job of dissecting the Scriptures. I really value the context of the Ancient Near East that he often shares during the discussion on the Pentateuch. Thanks Michael!!