• God’s Promise to Noah

    Genesis 8:20–28

    Romans 13:1–7 tells us that God puts the sword in the hands of the state in order to punish evildoers. Ultimately, this is for the stability of society so that the church can do its work of calling people to ...Read More

  • Adam’s Fall And God’s Response

    Romans 5:12–21

    Men and women stand or fall before God based on the identity of their federal head. All people start out under Adam’s headship, condemned to death and destruction. But when we believe, we come under the headship of Christ and ...Read More

  • God’s Covenant With Adam

    Genesis 2:15–17

    God demanded obedience of Adam, and He demands obedience of us. However, our obedience as sinners is not what secures for us the new covenant blessing of eternal life. Instead, the obedience of Christ on our behalf is why we ...Read More

  • Jesus Reveals His Purpose in Coming

    Mark 8:31–32b

    If we are not careful, we may likewise entertain false ideas of the work of the Messiah. Thus, we must not selectively read Scripture the way many ancient Jews did but rather study the whole counsel of God so that ...Read More

  • Peter’s Confession of Faith

    Mark 8:27—30

    First Timothy 3:15 calls the church “a pillar and buttress of the truth,” holding up the truth before the world. Yet if the church is not grounded in the truth, it cannot hold it up before the world. Therefore, insofar ...Read More

  • The Blind Man at Bethsaida

    Mark 8:22–26

    That Jesus may work in a manner that seems slower in some cases than in others—such as the blind man in Bethsaida—is encouraging. It tells us that we should not give up on those who seem to be hardened the ...Read More

  • The Disciples’ Hardness

    Mark 8:16–21

    Simply being in the presence of Jesus is not enough to guarantee faith. Instead, God must grant us ears to hear and hearts to believe His Word. We must not only attend to the preaching and reading of Scripture, but ...Read More

  • The Leaven of the Pharisees and the Leaven of Herod

    Mark 8:14–15

    When we harden our hearts even just a little bit and refuse to obey God on what we might consider a minor matter, we introduce leaven into our lives that can spread to other areas. It is imperative, therefore, that ...Read More

  • A Generation That Sought a Sign

    Mark 8:11–13

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage that “if [unbelievers] will not be convinced, they shall not.” Nothing we can do or say can convince those who have hardened their hearts to believe in Christ. Their opposition is moral and spiritual, ...Read More

  • Feeding Four Thousand

    Mark 8:1–10

    Sometimes we find ourselves doubting the Lord’s concern for us and His ability to meet our needs. If we were to remember what He has done for us, particularly in rescuing us from sin when we were hopelessly lost, we ...Read More