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Aug
18
2017

Jeremiah 47 Jeremiah 47 continues the oracles against the nations. The purpose of these oracles is to establish God as the Lord over all nations of the world. He is the God of Israel but all kingdoms rise and fall by the hand of God. Here, the Philistines are in view. Although they are mentioned in a few stories in the Old Testament, many remembering them from the popular story of David and Goliath, and giving us the current name Palestine, the Philistines eventually disappeared from biblical...keep reading»»


Aug
16
2017

Psalm 20-21 In popular music there are love songs, anthems, and ballads. The ancient Hebrew people used different types of psalms in their worship including royal psalms, laments, and thanksgiving psalms.  Today we are looking at two Royal Psalms; a Royal Psalm is about the Davidic monarchy. Beyond the rule of the earthly king, these also have messianic overtones; that is to say they speak of the eternal reign of Jesus Christ. These two Psalms form a pair - they reflect two sides of a...keep reading»»


Aug
11
2017

Jeremiah 39 Jerusalem finally fell to the Babylonians after one and a half years of siege. The city was burned, the walls were torn down, and the leaders were deported to Babylon. 2 Kings 25 gives the detailed narrative of the account that Jeremiah is relating here. The day had come when the prophecies of Jeremiah, since the first chapter till now, concerning Jerusalem came true. Although God used Jeremiah to relentlessly warn the people, they refused to listen. So, God fulfilled what he...keep reading»»


Aug
09
2017

Psalm 10 Psalm 10 is a lament that also affirms great confidence in God’s judgments. It can be broken down into the following 4 divisions:  1.  The Great Questions (10:1) The heavily burdened Psalmist presents his complaint to the Lord:  Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? (Psalm 10:1 ESV) Humanity has long been disturbed by the problem of evil. Instinctively we know that this world is not as it should be. We...keep reading»»


Aug
04
2017

Psalm 1 Psalm one opens with the words, “blessed is the man.” These words should immediately grab the reader’s attention. The Psalmist is about to describe the person whom we should all desire to be, so we will want to pay close attention to the description that follows. The description begins with the negative in verse 1. We are told three things that the blessed person does not do. 1. The blessed person does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.2. The blessed person does not stand in the...keep reading»»


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»»


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