September 2020 | Grace Reformed Church
We continue this morning with our study of John, and I hope that you’ve had as great a time as I have even just in these first two weeks looking at the prologue. Those first 18 verses are so masterful, so full of theology, full of Christology, and function together as an incredible reminder of who is the God we serve. Christ is the Word, Christ is Light which is life. Just wonderful. I hope you enjoyed that study.
This morning we come again to the Gospel of John, and that’s going to be our normal mode of operation for a while. We are going to look again this morning at the prologue to the gospel—last week we spent a great deal talking about how the prologue is one of the ways that John is set apart from the other gospels, why it doesn’t fit in the mold of the synoptics. The entire gospel has a distinct style and focus compared to the others, and that uniqueness is related to John’s stated goal for his gospel.
I’m not sure if any of you thought of it, but with this Sunday we start the second year of life here in the chapel! God has been faithful in providing for us throughout this past year, even in the time of a pandemic. We’ve been through a lot in the past year, but we’re still here. And we’ve learned a lot as well, myself included! We just finished up five weeks of studying Psalms, and before that we studied Jonah, and before that we had a topical series on Reformed Theology, half online and half in person!
Psalms 137 and 138
We continue our study of individual psalms, and today we’re going to look at another pair of psalms, psalms 137 and 138. For the last two weeks we looked at a pair of psalms, 42 and 43, and we paired those up because they were so similar, in fact, sometimes they were written down as a single psalm. Well today the two that we will consider are wildly different. They are completely unlike each other in tone, in mood, and the emotional situation of the writers are miles apart.