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May 26, 2020
Paul’s last message to Timothy reminds me of Paul’s concern when he called the elders of Ephesus, where Timothy was, and told them “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.” (Acts 20:29-30).
May 25, 2020
Paul’s second letter to Timothy was the last one he wrote before his death. In it he continues where he left off in the first letter, encouraging Timothy for his leadership role in the ecclesia at Ephesus. Timothy would have read the epistle Paul wrote to the Ephesians about five or so years previously and so the words of verses 9-10 would have stood out to Timothy...
May 24, 2020
Joshua is one of the best types of Christ in the Old Testament. They even share the same name, Jesus being the Greek form of Joshua. In today’s reading in Joshua 10 we have a couple of interesting types based on two things Joshua does at the end of one of the battles in Canaan.
May 23, 2020
Timothy’s mixed upbringing is well-known. In Acts 16:1 we’re told he was “the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.” Verse 3 goes on to tell us that Paul “took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.”
May 22, 2020
Paul’s purpose in writing his first epistle to Timothy is for Timothy to “charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine” (1 Tim. 1:3). One of the things these “certain persons” were doing was misinterpreting the Law of Moses.
May 21, 2020
What sort of ruler will Christ be and what is expected of us as we prepare ourselves to reign as kings and priests? There’s an interesting answer to that question in our reading in Isaiah 11, which is a vision of the Kingdom.
May 20, 2020
In today’s reading from Joshua 6 we have the account of the destruction of Jericho. There’s something unique about this first conquest in Canaan because at the end of the chapter Joshua makes the following announcement: “Joshua laid an oath on them at that time, saying, “Cursed before the Lord be the man who rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho.
May 19, 2020
What is it going to be like to be immortal? It’s not something we’ll be able to get close to understanding before we experience it in the Kingdom of God, but we have little hints of what it will be like throughout scripture. One of those is in our reading from Joshua 3 when the children of Israel crossed the river Jordan.
May 18, 2020
If you were putting together Matthew’s genealogy at the beginning of his gospel record and thought to yourself “I think I’ll include a selection of the wives of some of the men in Messiah’s line” someone like Abraham’s wife Sarah might come to mind, a dedicated wife and woman of faith.
May 17, 2020
The book of Joshua opens with a double emphasis on the fact that Moses has just died. The very first words are “After the death of Moses” and then in verse 2, Joshua is again reminded by God that “Moses my servant is dead.” Why are we told this twice?
May 16, 2020
Our reading for today in Colossians 3 has one of those dual lists of negative works of the flesh followed by positive works of the spirit. It’s easy to read through these sorts of lists, think “that’s an interesting list of qualities” and move on without thinking about them much.
May 15, 2020
Death by crucifixion, aside from being immensely painful, was a humiliating experience.It was a punishment reserved for criminals. They were tied or nailed to the cross naked, and the cross placed in a location for passers by to see.
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