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Archive for September 2014

Psalm 51 – “my sin”

September 30, 2014

In Psalm 51 David reflected on the most infamous sinful occasion in his life – his sin involving Bathsheba.  Knowing the nature of God he began by saying, “Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.” (:1).  Sin pollutes us, so David […]

Ruth – “a kinsman-redeemer”

September 29, 2014

The events in the book of Ruth occurred “in the days when the judges governed.”  A famine led Elimelech of Bethlehem, his wife Naomi, and their two sons to move to Moab (Ruth 1:1-2).  Elimelech died, the sons married, and then they also died (1:3-5).  When Naomi heard the famine was over and decided to […]

Philippians – “rejoice”

September 26, 2014

The book of Philippians contains the words “joy” and “rejoice” more than any other letter, in spite of Paul writing it while he was in prison.  He considered his imprisonment something that “turned out for the greater progress of the gospel” (1:12).  When considering the possibilities before him he could say that “Christ will even […]

Luke 10 – “And who is my neighbor?”

September 25, 2014

After sending out the twelve (Luke 9:1-11), “the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. …The seventy returned with joy,…” (10:1-24).  When a lawyer questioned Jesus about eternal life and then asked Him, “And who is my neighbor?”, […]

Ezekiel 1-7 – “the end has come”

September 24, 2014

“In the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity” Ezekiel “saw visions of God” (Ezekiel 1:1-2).  They began with “figures resembling four living beings… (with) human form.  Each of them had four faces and four wings,” and each had a wheel (1:5-21).  Above them was the throne of God (1:22-28).  The Lord spoke to Ezekiel and […]

Psalms – “Blessed are…”

September 23, 2014

When you think of the phrase “Blessed are…”, you probably think of the beatitudes (declarations of blessedness) in the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5.  You also have reason to think of the book of Psalms, for it contains more beatitudes than any other book in the Bible – such as…  “How blessed is […]

Judges 17-21 – “no king in Israel”

September 22, 2014

“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6; 21:25; also 18:1; 19:1).  This verse well summarizes the situation in Israel during the time of the judges.  Judges 17-18 present a specific example of idolatry in Ephraim and Dan.  There was homosexuality and […]

Ephesians 4-6 – “be careful how you walk”

September 19, 2014

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he focused on one’s walk.  He exhorted, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,” (5:16).  As Christians “walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,” (Ephesians 4:1).  Such a walk means “that you walk no longer just […]

John 10 – “I am the good shepherd”

September 18, 2014

Several times in Scripture people are represented by sheep, and John 10 is one of those times.  Jesus presented Himself as “the door of the sheep. …I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (:7-9).  We can find life by entering […]

Ezekiel – “I have appointed you a watchman”

September 17, 2014

The name Ezekiel means “God strengthens.”  He was a priest who prophesied around 593-559 BC and was taken into exile to Babylon with 10,000 others from Jerusalem (2 Kings 24:14).  He is especially known for his visions and references to earlier writings of the Old Testament.  Twice during the book God told Ezekiel, “Son of […]