Psalm 17





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Deuteronomy 32:9–12 (ESV)

9  But the Lord’s portion is his people,

Jacob his allotted heritage.

10  “He found him in a desert land,

and in the howling waste of the wilderness;

he encircled him, he cared for him,

he kept him as the apple of his eye.

11  Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,

that flutters over its young,

spreading out its wings, catching them,

bearing them on its pinions,

12  the Lord alone guided him,

no foreign god was with him.

Isaiah 26:19 (ESV)

19  Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise.

You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy!

For your dew is a dew of light,

and the earth will give birth to the dead.

Daniel 12:1 (ESV)

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.


modified Psalm 17:1–5

(Not a translation, more of an application of Biblical Theology to the text, this is a reworking to point to our dependence on Jesus’ innocence, not our own. It’s based on the ESV)

1  Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!

Give ear to my prayer
in the name of the one whose lips are free of deceit!

From your presence let my vindication come!

Let your eyes behold the right!


You have tried my Saviour’s heart,
you have visited me by night,

you have tested him, and you will find nothing;

He has purposed that his mouth will not transgress.

With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips

He has avoided the ways of the violent.

His steps have held fast to your paths;

His feet have not slipped.

Matthew 7:1-12



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Other passages mentioned in the talk:

2 Samuel 12:1–15 (ESV)

12 And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”

Nathan said to David, “You are the man!


Acts 18:5–6 (ESV)

5 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.


Acts 13:44-46

Titus 3:10-11

1 Corinthians 5


Romans 13:8–10 (ESV)

8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Matthew 6:7-15



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A couple of helpful quotations:

On knowing God as Father:

You sum up the whole New Testament teaching in a single phrase, if you speak of it as the revelation of the Fatherhood of the holy Creator. In the same way you sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s holy Father. If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.

…For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new, and better than the Old, everything that is distinctively Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God. “Father” is the Christian name for God.
JI Packer, Knowing God, emphasis added

On forgiveness and forgiving:

Once our eyes have been opened to see the enormity of our offence against God, the injuries which others have done to us appear by comparison extremely trifling. If, on the other hand, we have an exaggerated view of the offences of others, it proves that we have minimized our own.
John Stott, The Message of the Sermon on the Mount