Jesus’ Sermon On The Mount: Bible Story Summary and Commentary

This may be the greatest sermon ever given.  What might we learn from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount?The Greatest Sermon Ever? Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is recorded in Matthew 5.  Here is a verse by verse breakdown of verses 3-13 with commentary on its application.Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”This is not strictly speaking about poor people but I believe it does include them.  Those who are poor in spirit see themselves as being humb … [Read more...]

The Golden Calf: Bible Story Summary and Commentary

What does the Golden Calf have to do with Christians today?  Are there lessons there for us?Delay Brings Idolatry Sometimes God does not answer our prayers immediately and when He is silent, it is tempting to take things into our own hands.  When Moses went up Mount Sinai to receive the Law of God, he left Aaron in charge but after a long delay the people grew restless.  John Calvin once wrote that our hearts are like idol factories and the story of the Golden Calf is a supreme example of th … [Read more...]

Temptation Of Jesus Christ Bible Story Summary, Study And Lesson

Why was Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness recorded for us in Scripture?  What are believers to learn from this account?The Great Tempter Jesus was tempted more than anyone that has ever been tempted in all of human history because He was tempted directly by Satan and Satan appeared in person before Christ.  I do not believe that any of us could have resisted him if we were placed in such a position as Christ was.  Jesus gives us the model though for resisting the temptation of the Enemy an … [Read more...]

Crossing the Red Sea: Bible Story Summary, Study and Lesson

Is there something that Christians can learn from the Red Sea crossing?  If so, what is it?The Red Sea or the Sea of Reeds Crossing? I have heard that some translations say that Israel crossed the Reed Sea instead of the Red Sea and that is why Israel was able to cross successfully and escape the Egyptian army.  The Reed Sea or Sea of Reeds is very shallow in places and sometimes its depth is only a few inches deep.  If this is true then the Israelites didn’t need a miracle but what I find a … [Read more...]

Moses and the Golden Calf Bible Story: Summary and Lessons

When Moses brought down the Ten Commandments, the Israelites were already practicing idolatry by worshipping another god.  What can we learn from this and apply it to our lives?The Golden Calf Moses went up Mount Sinai to receive instructions from God for Israel and stayed there a very long time but when he came down the mountain with the Ten Commandments, Israel had already turned to idolatry.  We read this account in Exodus 32:15-20“Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain w … [Read more...]

5 Great New Testament Bible Stories

What are five great New Testament stories?  What story is among your favorites?   Here are five stories with lessons that we should learn.The Woman Caught in AdulteryJohn 8:3-6 “The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.  Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”  This they said to test him, that they might have s … [Read more...]