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Cutting Room Floor - October 12, 2022

Cutting Room Floor - October 12, 2022

by Jason Cook on October 12, 2022

Hey family! This week I want to give a quick word on phishing, and also talk a bit about the New Testament interpreting the Old Testament. Let’s dive in.

Watch Out for Phishing

A word from Russ Ott, our IT Director:

Scam text messages targeting churches are on the rise. If you receive a text message that appears to be from Jason Cook (or any other FBC staff member) requesting financial action on your part (often with a link) or referring to some emergency situation (gift card purchase, a lost passport, or, a closed bank account) requiring your help, it is a scam text message. Please delete these texts. Never click on any link provided. You can be assured FBC staff members will never send text messages such as these. There has been a rise in these types of phishing emails and texts. All you need to do is simply delete and ignore. There is no need to reply and engage with the sender.

Old Testament: Refracted

For every New Testament teaching there is an Old Testament picture. This is astonishing when you stop to consider all the various scenes in the New Testament. What’s even more fascinating is that the New Testament interprets the Old Testament. Because the relationship between the two testaments is inextricably linked, it is important for us to never lose sight of what the Old Testament has to say. We ignore it at our own peril.

Each week preachers have to make executive decisions about what gets in and what doesn’t. Some weeks, what gets cut is tied to how a particular exegetical point, picture, or cross-referencing scripture fits in with the text itself. Other weeks, the flow of the sermon can sometimes dictate what I choose to keep or throw to the cutting room floor. This past Sunday I had to leave out a passage from Isaiah that offers a great picture of the nature of the work of Messiah and it’s connection to Mark 7:31ff.

Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. - Isaiah 35:4-7

Notice Three things Here:
  1. God’s arrival brings with it vengeance, justice, and salvation.
  2. God will affect the healing of blind, deaf, lame, and mute.
  3. Running water, which often signifies new life and sustenance in the Bible, will flow in dead and desolate places.
When you take Mark 7 and Isaiah 35 together, we find an acknowledgment of the brokenness of the world, the sure promise of a Savior, and the restorative work of Messiah. In Mark 7:31ff there is Jesus with a deaf and mute man on a meandering journey through the wilderness for 120 miles —  and Jesus uses water from his mouth to effect change on the man’s tongue. Isaiah 35 is a beautiful picture of Jesus’ incredible work!

I love you dearly, family. See you Sunday!

Pastor Jason

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