Posts by Brennan Hooper

Posts by Brennan Hooper

“Remember Who Your Father Is”

Recently I have begun a personal study of the book of Zephaniah. Zephaniah is not a popular book in many circles mainly due to the fact that the book is 99% pure judgment. Judah had been wicked, so the LORD sent Zephaniah to prophesy against Judah and tell them of their wickedness and that the Day of the LORD was at hand. In beginning this study, what caught my eye from the opening verse was Zephaniah’s ancestry. Zephaniah 1:1 says,…

Jethro’s Advice

In the midst of the Exodus narrative, we are given an account of something that is often forgotten in the book. In Exodus 18, a character who had not been mentioned since chapter 4 comes back on the scene. Moses, father in law, Jethro, had heard of all that the LORD their God had done through Moses in leading them out of Egypt (18:1). So, he decides to take Moses’ wife, Zipporah, their children and takes a trip out to…

Destructive Dogs and Anxious Hearts

Some of you may have met our dog, Presley. If you have met him, I will just say that I’m sorry. He loves all people but sometimes shows his love in very painful ways. He’s just about the picture-perfect mutt and we only know of him having German Shepherd and Husky in him. As it turns out, however, both of those breeds of dogs are known for having what you would call “separation anxiety.” Meaning that when their owners are…
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Our High Priest

In Hebrews 8:1, the writer there says, “Now this is the main point of the things that we are saying…” This is a strangely convenient sentence when dealing with what the main subject matter of the book of Hebrews is that you do not often get in the books of the New Testament. He then proceeds to tell us what that main point is. He continues, saying, “…we have such a High Priest who is seated at the right hand…
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Generational Instruction

In Proverbs 4:1-5, the great Proverb writer and Proverb compiler, King Solomon is, as he often does, imparting wisdom. Speaking to either his literal children or perhaps to all of Israel, he said, “Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, He also taught me, and…
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The Summarization of the Law

Perhaps you have heard this number repeated when speaking about things related to the Word of God: 613. A man named Rambam, a medieval Jewish scholar calculated that all of the laws contained in the first five books of the Old Testament were 613 in total. 613 is a large and daunting number to remember, however, there are certain phrases within the entirety of the Old Testament that can be used as a summary of all 613 laws. For instance,…
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“Why Did God Have to be so Graphic?”

(Eze. 16:1-43; 23:1-35) The book of Ezekiel is personally one of my favorite books of the Bible. God through Ezekiel paints descriptive and often strange pictures through Ezekiel as He condemns the “rebellious house” of Israel (2:5). However, oftentimes this book that spans 48 chapters goes overlooked and unnoticed by the Lord’s Church. So, because that is true, you perhaps might not know that there are sections within the book of Ezekiel that some folks may not be comfortable repeating.…
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Did Jude Endorse a Non-Inspired Book?

If you tuned in to last week’s short mid-week study, you know that we looked at two of the three allusions that Jude references that have particularly caught people’s attention. We looked at Jude 6 and 9 and concluded that these are things that we are not sure about, but that Jude used to compare the false teachers (4) to help equip these brethren to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (3).…
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“A Christian Cannot Sin?” (1 Jn. 3:6)

There are some very peculiar passages within the epistles of the apostle John. Many have questions about who the Antichrist is (1 Jn. 2:18; 4:3) or what a “sin that does not lead to death” (1 Jn. 5:16) is. However, there are a few verses particularly in 1 John that seem to suggest that a Christian is unable to sin. 1 John 3:6 says, “Whoever abides in Him [Christ] does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known…

Did Paul Depreciate Baptism? (1 Cor. 1:14-17)

In 1 Corinthians 1, the apostle Paul is in the midst of condemning the pride which resulted from division that he had heard existed among the Corinthian brethren (1:10-11). It appears that this pride is connected to certain preachers of the gospel and which of them baptized them (1:12-16). In the midst of this talk about their pride, Paul says in 1:17, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words,…
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Hard Work in the Proverbs

The Bible addresses many topics that are applicable to today’s society. Something that is common in every society is laziness. Therefore, in the pages of Scripture, hard work is elevated, and laziness is condemned. This is seen frequently among the Biblical Proverbs. So, we will briefly and inadequately consider where this is seen in the book of Proverbs. Take, for instance, Proverbs 13:4. Everyone wants something in life. However, not all are willing to put the effort in to attain…
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Delayed Justice

“Because the sentence of an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ec. 8:11). In these holy words of wisdom, Solomon deals with a problem that has plagued mankind since sin entered the world: the wickedness of their hearts (Mk. 7:21). As a result of the wickedness of men’s hearts, they set their faces to commit sin, and they do so because the sin that…
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