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Ecclesiastes 9-12 – “the conclusion”

December 23, 2014

Ecclesiastes 9-10 emphasizes the point that wisdom is better.”  It is “better than strength” and “better than weapons of war.”  “The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.”  “A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right,” and “wisdom has the advantage of giving success.”  […]

Ecclesiastes 6-9 – “a man’s wisdom”

December 16, 2014

Riches and wealth and honor, many children, long life – none of these guarantee joy and satisfaction in life (Ecclesiastes 6).  “For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few years of his futile life?” (6:12).  Having wisdom helps.  “Sorrow is better than laughter,” and “the mind of the […]

Ecclesiastes 3-5 – “There is a time”

December 9, 2014

In Ecclesiastes 3 we find the famous passage by Solomon about there being “an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven… He has made everything appropriate/beautiful in its time.” (3:1-11a).  This also includes a time for God to “judge both the righteous man and the wicked man, for […]

Ecclesiastes 1-2 – “all is vanity”

December 2, 2014

“‘Vanity of vanities,’ says the Preacher, ‘Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.’” – thus begins the book of Ecclesiastes.  It takes a look at the vanity of things “under the sun,” a phrase found in almost every chapter.  “I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is […]

Psalms – “Give thanks to the Lord”

November 25, 2014

The Psalms are full of thanksgiving to God, and for so many different reasons.  “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” (106:1; 107:1).   “I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness.” (7:17).  “I will give you thanks, for you answered me.” (118:21).  “I will […]

Psalm 19 – the works and words of the Lord

November 18, 2014

Psalm 19 focuses on two different aspects of God.  It begins with His works: “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.  Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice […]

Psalms – “Your comforts”

November 11, 2014

The book of Psalms is a book of comfort.  In the midst of the trials and suffering mentioned throughout the book is a message of the comfort received from God.  The most famous psalm, Psalm 23, says, “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (23:4).  Psalm 71:21 contains this request: “May You increase my […]

Psalm 139 – “O Lord, You know it all”

November 4, 2014

Psalm 139 emphasizes the omnipresence and omniscience of God more than any other.  It begins by saying, “O LORD, You have searched me and known me.” (:1).  He knows our thoughts and our words before we speak them (:2-4).  His presence is with us everywhere we go (:7-12).  “For You formed my inward parts; You […]

Psalms – “How long, O Lord?”

October 28, 2014

While there is a book of the Bible titled Lamentations, the book that contains the most laments is the book of Psalms.  A lament/lamentation is an expression of sorrow or complaint.  There are more psalms of lament than any other kind.  They often reflect suffering and ask questions such as “How long…?” and “Why…?”  While […]

Psalm 118 – the psalm of the New Testament

October 14, 2014

The New Testament contains around 83 direct quotes from the book of Psalms.  Of those, 12 are in Psalm 118, being from three different verses. Psalm 118:6 states, “The LORD is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”  Hebrews 13:6 quotes this verse in response to another quote: “I will […]