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Jan
17
2018

Genesis 18 When LORD appears in all capitals in your Old Testament, it represents the Hebrew word Yahweh. This is the name of God. God Himself appears to Moses in today’s text. Interestingly, this appearance features three men. Some commentators have speculated that we are to see here an allusion to the Trinity. Whether or not the Trinity is implied in this story bears little on the main thrust of the text, and it is to the heart of the text that we will turn our attention. Abraham and Sarah...keep reading»»


Jan
12
2018

Genesis 13 Abraham leaves Egypt and returns to Bethel. And we have a narrative account of Abraham and Lot parting ways into two different lands. When we look at this passage as a whole, we notice that the primary purpose is to show a contrast between Abraham and Lot. And in this contrasting picture, we notice a few truths that are very relevant to us. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Jan
10
2018

Genesis 11 For today’s reflection, I’d like to focus in on verses 1 to 9. The story of the tower of Babel is relatively well known, and rightfully so. Here we find men striving together in unity to accomplish a grand feat. The question then becomes: Why was God so opposed to this development? Their motives are not made explicit in the text, but God’s response provides us with a strong indication that their heart was in the wrong place. Consider verse 6: And the Lord said, “Behold,...keep reading»»


Jan
05
2018

Genesis 5 Many Bible readers get weary when it comes to genealogy but there are a few things that we can note here that is quite important: First, the image and likeness of God that was given to Adam was passed to his sons. This means something quite profound because this is found after the Fall. The responsibility, worth, and dignity of humankind, made in the image of God, was marred but not obliterated by the Fall. Yes, we can readily see that the curse is there, bring death and toil. But...keep reading»»


Jan
03
2018

Genesis 3 Books have been written on this chapter of the Bible and even they must make decisions on what they simply do not have space to include. Genesis 3 is so chalked full of importance that it is hard to know where to begin. Here are some brief observations of the key elements of this text: 1.  The deceiver. This chapter highlights one of the Devil’s key strategies in attacking God’s people. It can be summarized with four words: Did God really say? (Gen. 3:1) That is the method...keep reading»»


Dec
29
2017

Malachi 2 Thanks to the exhortation of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, the Jerusalem temple was restored. But the temple was full of unholy worship and corrupt priests. So, God sent Malachi to address and warn them if they continued to defile the temple. In the second chapter, the prophet directly rebukes the priests.  He first makes clear that walking according to God’s law brings blessing while rebellion brings curse. The sentiment here is the same as it was in Deuteronomy 28. Keep...keep reading»»


Dec
27
2017

John 17 After finishing the Passover meal with his disciples (John 13:1-30), the Lord Jesus delivered his farewell discourse (John 13:31 – 16:33). As we turn to John 17 we have the awesome privilege of seeing into the very depths of the Son of God as he prayed on the eve of his crucifixion. It has been called the “Holy of Holies” of the Gospel record. We read these verses with humility as they hold some of the tenderest words from the Saviour’s lips.  Keep reading...keep reading»»


Dec
22
2017

John 12 Chapter 12 serves as a significant turning point in the Gospel of John. It is in this chapter that we read of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and we hear him proclaim that the hour of his glorification has now come (v. 23). Up until this point this hour has always been spoken of as a future event (2:4; 7:30; 8:20), but with Passover now quickly approaching the event to which this entire Gospel has pointed us to is now about to unfold. The death of Jesus is imminent. The first...keep reading»»


Dec
20
2017

Zechariah 7 Tucked in the midst of a series of complicated visions lies a straightforward, practical text in Zechariah 7. Some men had approached the prophet Zechariah and were wondering if they should go ahead with the ceremonial weeping and fasting that had typically accompanied the fifth month of every year. On the surface, this question seems innocent enough. The people wondered: ‘Does God notice our fasting? Is this getting through to Him?’  Keep reading...keep reading»»


Dec
15
2017

Zechariah 2 In the second of eight night visions, Zechariah meets some angels that make some surprising claims about Jerusalem. The prophet is writing 20 years after Cyrus has allowed the Jews that were exiled to Babylon. Few have returned to Jerusalem and those that have are discouraged. The bustling, well-fortified city was in ruins. The glory of the city had faded and one would wonder why it was worth coming back to. How could this ever be called Zion? Keep reading...keep reading»»


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