“And Job died, an old man and full of days: and it is written that he will rise again with those whom the Lord raises up.”
“To show partiality is not good—yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.” (Prov 28:21 WEB).
It’s not that human beings are incapable of good. If we were incapable, then what would be the sense of all the commands and exhortations we read, all the imploring by the Almighty and His Son? They beg us to do good, to do right. It must be that we are capable of heeding them.
It is the darkest time of the night, just before the sun’s rays begin to creep over the horizon. The city streets are quiet. Out of the shadows, a young woman emerges.
The account of the death of Uzzah can be an uncomfortable read. All he did was stick his hand out and the ark from falling off the cart upon which it was being carried. Yes, they weren’t following the prescribed way of carrying the ark, but isn’t striking Uzzah with a death blow a little harsh?
What is the key verse in the prophecy of Ezekiel?
Our reading today from 1 Chronicles 9 lists the priests and Levites of Judah after their return from captivity in Babylon. They were very well organized with roles for each Levite, whether that was being a gatekeeper (vs. 17-27), in charge of the utensils (vs. 28-32), or singers (vs. 33-34).
One of the things Hezekiah did when reforming the kingdom of Judah, aside from cutting down idols, was “he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it (it was called Nehushtan).” (2 Kings 18:4).
January 21, 2021
How did Jesus ever come to be in what we now call Lebanon? We know about his excursion there because of his encounter with a woman, called Syrophoenician by Mark, Canaanite by Matthew. Why was he there?
January 17, 2021
It’s become a cliché to say that something is “a marathon not a sprint”. There are certainly times in life when a brief very intense effort is called for. Yet most of life shows the cliché is the reality—most things in life require long-term, sustained effort.
January 15, 2021
Thirty years, and he still surprises her! Meal follows meal, day follows day, year follows year…and things you shouldn’t forget just seem to fade into the background. You shouldn’t be surprised, but you are.
January 14, 2021
I can’t remember the last time I heard a speaker or teacher direct my attention to the prophet Habakkuk. Rereading his short, three chapter book, I’m wondering why. There’s a lot there to build up believers, as the New Testament writers clearly understood.
January 13, 2021
Unanimity is an exceedingly rare commodity. Agreement across cultures, languages, religions, political leanings…well, you know how often that happens. But here we are, looking at a unanimous opinion of the year that’s ending: “Good riddance!” Every year we see year-end recaps offered by essentially everyone. We do it ourselves. All of them, this year, are painting 2020 as beyond awful.
January 11, 2021
Toward the end, God is going to really shake things up.
December 30, 2020
If you are following just about any Bible reading plan (I hope you are!) then here at the end of the year you are almost certainly reading Revelation. This book puts many people off. It is filled, as we all know, with a lot of symbolic imagery. Figuring out the symbols is a life-long endeavor for some, and differing conclusions are reached. Resulting in arguments, of course—all the students being human beings. It’s this outcome that puts many off.
December 22, 2020
Lots of people are reading and quoting from Luke 1 this week: the visit Gabriel paid to Mary. Most would say this is the beginning of Christianity, though a few might have at least a partial realization that foundations were laid much earlier.
December 21, 2020
We aren’t told what the topic was, but it seems clear that Jesus was being grilled. There were hard questions being put and the answers were scrutinized.
December 9, 2020
Tonight we attended a Bible study (remotely), part of which was spent on James chapter 3. There wasn’t a lot of time left by the time we got to James’s discussion of the “wisdom from above” in verses 13-18. But as it generally does, this passage got me thinking. If we take the passage apart, there’s just so much to think about, in relation to our own walk.
December 7, 2020
The concept of the one body is very familiar to us. Paul in particular gives it a lot of attention, opening up and explaining the figure so that we can see the full power of it.
November 23, 2020
A few days ago I read Psalms 111 and 112 (which, most scholars agree, are a pair that are linked together). I was powerfully struck, once again, by the lessons in these psalms.
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