• The Pharisees’ Hard Hearts

    Mark 3:1-6

    The Pharisees’ meeting with the Herodians to plot Jesus’ death confirms their evil (Mark 3:6). Dr. R.C. Sproul points out the irony in his commentary Mark: “Could there have been a worse way of violating the sanctity ...Read More

  • Picking Grain on the Sabbath

    Mark 2:23-26

    One fundamental error that most cults make is to take one passage of Scripture in isolation and exalt it over all others and at the expense of the meaning of other passages. But God has not given us only one ...Read More

  • The Proper Day for Fasting

    Mark 2:18-20

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that “fasting and prayers are adapted to sorrow and adversity.” When the bridegroom was present, it was time to celebrate, and we will celebrate at the marriage supper of the Lamb when we see ...Read More

  • Jesus Calls Levi

    Mark 2:13-14

    One of the themes of Jesus’ ministry is that He is not bound to choose the most obvious candidates for ministry according to social convention. He may call people for service from what may be considered the most disgraceful backgrounds. ...Read More

  • The Forerunner’s Message

    Mark 1:7-8

    The contrast between John’s water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit also points to the fact that water baptism is insufficient if it is merely an outward rite that is not accompanied by true faith. What really matters ...Read More

  • The Wilderness Preacher

    Mark 1:4-6

    Jesus’ message to the Jews, and by extension to all people, is the same as John’s: Men and women can have a place in God’s kingdom only if they repent of their sins and turn to the Lord alone for ...Read More

  • The Fulfillment of Prophecy

    Mark 1:2-3

    Many believers neglect to study the Old Testament because they find it confusing or because they assume that it is less important to the Christian faith than the New Testament. As Mark’s gospel shows us, however, this is not the ...Read More

  • The Vine and the Branches

    John 15:1-11

    Jesus may use our difficulties to prune us and make us more fruitful. They also reveal those branches that were never really grafted into the vine, for under hardship, these branches will wither and die. But the faith of the ...Read More

  • All the Treasures of God’s Wisdom

    Colossians 2:1–5

    At various points in our study of the Wisdom Literature, particularly Psalm 119, we have noted our need for the Holy Spirit’s illumination for the Word of God to make us wise. This Spirit is a gift to us from ...Read More

  • The Blessing of Having the Lord God

    Psalm 144:9–15

    All people serve a god of some kind, but only those who know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior have the true Lord as their God. Everyone relates to God as He is as the Creator, but not all people ...Read More

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