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Jul
05
2017

Daily Reflections July 5

Category: RMM

Matthew 15 In Matthew 15 we see Jesus confronting the Jews, teaching his disciples and ministering to the needy. Jesus rebuked his hypocritical accusers with the sword of truth, and extended mercy to the lost with displays of his power.   A coalition of Jewish leaders from Jerusalem came to confront Jesus about his disciples’ lack of observance of ceremonial laws, particularly, washing before eating. (This hand washing activity was not a part of Moses’ Law, but strictly a human...keep reading»»


Jun
30
2017

Matthew 10 Matthew 9:35-11:1 records the second major teaching discourse in the Gospel of Matthew. The first, of course, was the Sermon on the Mount found in 5:1-7:29. This second discourse is comprised of Jesus’ instructions and admonitions in regards to the mission of the Apostles. While these instructions were given specifically to the Apostles at a certain time in the ministry of Jesus, the words nevertheless counsel us in our day as well. Noting the context of their initial address is,...keep reading»»


Jun
28
2017

Isaiah 60 As I reflect on Isaiah, I’m reminded of how important it is that we constantly encourage one another to look beyond our present circumstances. Here is a prophet who encouraged his people to look beyond the Assyrian invasion to God’s deliverance. He then directed them to look beyond the Babylonian captivity to God’s rescue through Cyrus. He then pointed even further to a coming, suffering servant who would atone for the sin of God’s people. And now, finally, he introduces the...keep reading»»


Jun
23
2017

Isaiah 55 The most distinguishing mark of a redeemed person is grateful, willing obedience. In bondage, there is an inability to do anything but what the slave master desires. But when someone is delivered from being hopelessly enslaved, cursed, and impoverished, the freedom opens the way to a response.  Throughout the book of Isaiah, we have seen the judgment of Israel both physically and spiritually into the hands of their enemy because of their rebellion against God. Then Isaiah tells...keep reading»»


Jun
21
2017

Matthew 1 In Matthew 1, the first book of the New Testament, we find out where Jesus came from and why he came. Much of this chapter is about Jesus’ family tree (1:1-17). Admittedly, persisting through names in genealogies in the Bible requires discipline. There is really good fruit here for us to harvest if we will be attentive to the text.  Be assured, this chapter is really important. It connects Jesus to the redemptive story of the Old Testament. He is the Son of Promise given to...keep reading»»


Jun
16
2017

Revelation 18 Chapter 18 of Revelation continues the proclamation of judgement begun in the previous chapter. An angel announces that Babylon has fallen, and God’s people rejoice at this news. The original readers of this text would have known that these words were not written about the Babylon long since destroyed, but would have understood Babylon as a reference to the Roman empire (see also 1 Pet 5:13).  These words, however, are directed not only to historic Rome, but extend into the...keep reading»»


Jun
14
2017

Isaiah 46 Historically speaking, there are three significant empires that play prominent roles in the book of Isaiah. Understanding the way in which these nations exist in relation to one another and in relation to Israel helps us to understand this book and its imagery. Assyria is the first of the three. She is a mighty, terrorizing force who destroys the Northern Kingdom of Israel and comes all the way to the walls of Jerusalem in the South. Hezekiah, King of the Southern Kingdom of Judah,...keep reading»»


Jun
09
2017

Daily Reflections June 9

Category: RMM

Revelation 11 The first section of Revelation 11 (vv. 1- 14) is widely regarded to be one of the most interpretively challenging passages in the entire book. These fourteen verses are loaded with symbolic imagery already found in the previous chapters of Revelation, but there is also found a great deal of Old Testament allusions which inform our understanding of the text. We are required, therefore, to work for the fruits of this text, but once this is done the church is given a message that...keep reading»»


Jun
07
2017

Daily Reflections June 7

Category: RMM

Isaiah 39 Today’s text brings us to a tragic turn of events in Hezekiah’s reign. Up until this point, his kingship has been an example of wisdom, humility and prayerfulness. Facing the death threats of a terrifying Assyrian army, rather than surrendering in fear, Hezekiah wisely brought the plight of his people before the Lord. God defeated king Sennacherib and sent an angel to destroy the army camped around the walls of Jerusalem. This same resolution in prayer was on display when Hezekiah...keep reading»»


Jun
02
2017

Daily Reflections June 2

Category: RMM

Revelation 4 Revelation 3 concludes Jesus’ speeches to the churches and in chapter 4 we are treated to a peek into the throne room of Heaven.  Now, we have to remember that much of what we read in this book deals in word pictures.  John is describing what he sees, when allowed, to tell us something.  Revelation is filled with dramatic imagery and while John literally describes things, those things also have symbolic meaning.  At first read, we can say, “WOW!”  The...keep reading»»


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