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Aug
02
2017

Mark 15 The words of the prophet hang over Mark 15 - the darkest day of human history. On that Good Friday, the sin of men and wrath of God were laid upon the sinless Son of God. For our sake he became sin that we might become the righteousness of God. The Son of God gave his life as a ransom for many. Though Jesus could have called more than 72,000 angels to his defense, he endured the cross, resolved to fully drink the cup of the wrath of God. This was the price of our redemption. Isaiah saw...keep reading»»


Jul
26
2017

Jeremiah 22 In a modern-day court hearing, an offender is brought before the judge and the laws he has broken are read. After his actions are held up before the law, the defendant receives his sentence. Understandably, one should be made aware of his transgression so that he can understand the justice in his punishment. In today’s text, God speaks through Jeremiah and puts the kings of Judah on trial. In verse three we are told what God requires of the leaders of His people: Thus says...keep reading»»


Jul
21
2017

Jeremiah 17 No serious reader of Scripture can utter, “people are generally good”. The repeated narrative of moral failure throughout the Bible counters this notion. Further, we are given clear texts that exposes the fact that our sin is real, deep, and damning. Jeremiah gives us a vision of human sinfulness as he speaks of the sin of Judah. Their sin is not characterized as lapses of judgment or behavioral and ethical faux pas. In the first verse of this chapter, Jeremiah metaphorically...keep reading»»


Jul
19
2017

Mark 1 Mark’s gospel is an announcement of the identity and mission of Jesus. He tells us straight up that Jesus is the Son of God. This is the good news that God has sent his Son into the world as our substitute to suffer and die for our sins. This key verse captures the mission of Jesus, For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV) From the outset, Mark establishes the identity of Jesus Christ...keep reading»»


Jul
14
2017

Jeremiah 10 In this chapter, Jeremiah both confronts idolatry and lifts God up as the only God worthy of worship. He does not seem to be very gentle on the polemic against the idolatry of the nations and Israel who is dabbling with idols as well. But often we look so much at the reason not to follow idols that we neglect to first observe why they are so enticing in the first place. Perhaps if we knew what was so attracting about them then we could more easily recognize when we were being...keep reading»»


Jul
12
2017

Jeremiah 8 Jeremiah 8 contains an enormous warning for God’s people. It is particularly relevant to our North American context. Consider the description of the people of Judah found here: They are under God’s judgement because they are backslidden (v5). The faith that was alive and strong in previous generations has all but disappeared and religion has become a meaningless, passionless charade. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Jul
07
2017

Daily Reflections July 7

Category: RMM

Jeremiah 3 Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, helps us see sin and its effects more vividly. And in so doing, the depth of our own sin without the grace of God is shown through the story of Israel’s rebellion. In this chapter, we are confronted with the imagery of God’s beloved people prostituting themselves. Deceived into thinking that they would find better loves, they abandoned God. But instead of finding a more favourable spouse, they ended up on the street corner offering themselves to anyone...keep reading»»


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»»


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