Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen. Sharper Iron is underwritten by Lutheran Church Extension Fund, where your investments help support the work of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Visit lcef.org.

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July 23, 2024 56 mins
Zechariah proclaims that the LORD alone provides rain for the fields; idols are worthless. Because the leaders of God’s people have pointed them toward idols, the LORD of hosts will punish them, and He will send the Savior as the cornerstone, the tent peg, and the battle bow. Through this Savior the LORD will save all His people and bring them back to Himself, even from the farthest reaches of the world.  Rev. Zelwyn Heide, past...
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In the second part of his book, Zechariah preaches especially about the coming King for the people of God. The LORD sees not only His people; He sees all people. Neither the Phoenicians nor the Philistines will be able to stand against the LORD or His people. Jerusalem will rejoice, for the LORD is sending His humble King who will put an end to warfare and bring peace and righteousness over all the earth. Those who cling to the LOR...
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July 19, 2024 55 mins
As the first part of the book of Zechariah comes to an end, the LORD of hosts speaks ten promises concerning the restoration and redemption of His people. He will guard them jealously, dwelling in their midst and giving them complete safety. As He brings them to dwell in Jerusalem, they will be His people, and He will be their God. He will bless them with peace in their land, so that they can serve Him according to the good works H...
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On December 7, 518 BC, the Word of the LORD comes to Zechariah to answer a question regarding ongoing religious practices. Now that the temple is being rebuilt, a delegation from Bethel wants to know if the fasts observed for the first temple’s destruction should continue or not. The LORD does not give a simple “yes” or “no” answer in response. He questions His people concerning the reason for their fasting—was it for Him or for th...
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In Zechariah’s eighth vision, he sees four chariots coming out from between two bronze mountains. The LORD who dwells in His holy temple is powerful and active in all the world for the sake of His people. As Zechariah’s visions come to an end, the LORD gives an action prophecy for Zechariah to perform. From the wealth brought back from Babylon, Zechariah is to make a crown for the high priest Joshua. Another crown is to be in the t...
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In Zechariah’s sixth vision, he sees an enormous scroll with writing on both sides. This Word from God convicts the people of their sin and goes out over all the whole earth; no one will escape the Law’s condemnation. Only in Christ will the curse be removed. In Zechariah’s seventh vision, he sees a basket with a heavy leaden lid, holding in a woman named “Wickedness.” This provides a picture of the folly of idolatry. False gods ar...
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In Zechariah’s fifth vision, he sees a golden lampstand flanked by two olive trees. The conversation between the prophet and the LORD’s messenger indicates the great importance of this vision. The lampstand is a reminder of the LORD’s constant watchfulness and presence with His people, and the continual flow of oil from the two trees shows how the LORD will provide constant light for His people. The work of the LORD’s Spirit will b...
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In Zechariah’s fourth vision, the prophet sees the high priest, Joshua, standing in the heavenly courtroom clothed with filthy garments. This shows his own uncleanness and the uncleanness of all the people of God. Just as Satan stands ready to accuse and condemn Joshua, the messenger of the LORD steps forward to rebuke Satan and give Joshua new garments. This is a picture of the LORD’s cleansing forgiveness of His people. Newly for...
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July 11, 2024 57 mins
In Zechariah’s third vision, he sees a man with a measuring line. This man intends to measure Jerusalem in order to construct its walls, but the LORD sends Zechariah to stop this man. Walls will not be needed, because the LORD is the fiery protection of His people as He dwells in their midst. For that reason, God’s people need to return home to Him in Zion. There, He will protect them from their enemies, for they are the apple of H...
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On February 15, 519 BC, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah and showed him a first vision: a man riding a red horse. The messenger who leads Zechariah in this vision is the messenger of the LORD, the pre-incarnate Christ. When He reveals to Zechariah that His patrolling riders have found the earth at rest, the cry goes up before the LORD to ask how long before He has mercy on HIs people. The LORD of hosts promises that He is ret...
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July 9, 2024 55 mins
The prophet Zechariah preached to the people of Judah who had returned from exile beginning in October or November in 520 BC. He was a contemporary of Haggai, but his ministry and writing were both longer. The first part of his book features eight visions that point especially toward the new temple, and the second part of his book features two burdens that point especially toward the new king, particularly the suffering and glory o...
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On December 18, 520 BC, the Word of the LORD came to Haggai the prophet twice. The first time, the LORD instructed Haggai to question the priests concerning the transmission of holiness and uncleanness. While uncleanness is passed from one person to the next, holiness cannot come from any other source than the LORD in His Word. Therefore, the people must return again to the LORD. By His grace alone He will bless them. The second ti...
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On October 17, 520 BC, the Word of the LORD came to Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the governor, Joshua the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people in Judah. The LORD calls them to remember the previous temple in its glory and contrast it to the temple that they are currently rebuilding. Although the rebuilt temple seems like nothing to them, the LORD gives strength to His people through His promise that His Spirit will...
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On August 29, 520 BC, the Word of the LORD came to Haggai the prophet to the two primary leaders of the Judean exiles who had returned home to Jerusalem. Although the people had started to rebuild the temple about twenty years before, the work had stalled, and the people had become complacent. They cared more about their own houses than the LORD’s house. Because they were neglecting the LORD and His gifts, the people’s lives were i...
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"The Post-Exilic Prophets” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the books of Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Through the preaching of these faithful men, the LORD sent His Word to His people who returned home after their exile in Babylon. Not only did the LORD encourage His people in the work of rebuilding the temple, but even more than that, He pointed them forward to the fulfillment of all the Old Testament promises in t...
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July 3, 2024 57 mins
In order to remember and celebrate God’s deliverance of His people, Mordecai calls for the yearly celebration of the feast of Purim. The feast’s name is a reminder of the lots that Haman had cast to find the right day to destroy God’s people, which God reversed to bring about the day He delivered His people. As the hectic events settle down, King Ahasuerus institutes a new tax as an indication that order is being restored. In that ...
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When the thirteenth day of the twelfth month arrives, two contradictory Persian decrees are both legal. On the one hand, the enemies of God’s people are allowed to slaughter them; on the other hand, God’s people are allowed to defend themselves. Through a divine reversal, the people of God ably defend themselves from those who are trying to kill them. Haman’s sons particularly are executed, and the people of God in Susa are given a...
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July 1, 2024 56 mins
After Haman’s execution, Ahasuerus gives Haman’s house to Esther, and he gives his signet ring to Mordecai. Esther risks going before the king a second time, and he extends his scepter to her again. She asks for a second decree to be made to counteract the first, since the first could not be repealed under Persian law. With the king’s authority, Mordecai writes a decree that allows the people of God to defend themselves from those ...
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June 28, 2024 51 mins
Immediately after Haman’s shame at being forced to honor Mordecai, he is taken to Queen Esther’s second feast. There Esther reveals her request to Ahasuerus: she asks that he spare her and her people from destruction. When the king asks who is behind such wickedness, Esther names Haman as the foe. As Haman realizes his imminent demise, he pleads for his life from Queen Esther, but the king sees it as an assault on his wife and orde...
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The king attempts to secure his sleeplessness by having the book of memorable deeds read to him. When Ahasuerus learns that Mordecai has received no honor for the way he had saved the king from a homicidal conspiracy, the king asks Haman for his counsel. Confident that the king means to honor him, Haman recommends the highest accolades. To Haman’s shame, he is forced to honor the man he hates, Mordecai. This reversal sets the stage...
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