• Sin’s Reality and the Ideal

    Philemon 8

    As today’s study shows, understanding the cultural background of a passage in Scripture is important to figuring out why an author says what he says. In turn, as we hope to show in future studies, knowing this historical context also ...Read More

  • Joseph Remembered

    Genesis 41:1–13

    Matthew Henry notes that if the chief cupbearer had commended Joseph to the pharaoh right away, he might have gone back to Canaan and not be in a position to interpret the dream and save his family. Indeed, as Henry ...Read More

  • The Millennium, Part II

    Habakkuk 2:14

    Postmillennialists do not deny that there will be tares in God’s kingdom until Jesus returns (Matt. 13:24–30). Still, Dr. Keith A. Mathison notes that “at the end of the age, the Son returns to a field of wheat, not a ...Read More

  • Divide the Conquered!

    Joshua 13:1-7

    Joshua could not lead Israel against its remaining enemies, but he could not in good conscience let Israel have its land yet. He needed guidance, and God gave it. God also gives us guidance on dealing with the dilemmas we ...Read More

  • Walking on Water

    Matthew 14:22–36

    As many commentators have said regarding this passage, Peter’s faith is much like ours, small and incomplete, a mixture of trust and doubt. Nevertheless, God does not wait for us to have perfect faith before He saves us. The mere ...Read More

  • A Better Hope

    Hebrews 7:18–19

    The “better hope” of the new covenant demonstrates that there was hope under the old covenant. However, the old covenant hope is only shadowy, while the new covenant hope is substantial. Thank God that He has always given hope to ...Read More

  • Holy Spirit Baptism

    Ephesians 1:13–14

    The New Testament speaks of baptism often because it recognizes the Lord’s presence in this sacrament in a way not found elsewhere. If we truly understand the importance of baptism, we will find our faith and confidence strengthened every time ...Read More

  • God Will Swallow up Death Forever

    Isaiah 25

    Paul tells us that “the last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:26) because he recognizes that death continues to plague creation even though Christ dealt it a mortal blow by His own death and resurrection. Death still ...Read More

  • Leaving Vengeance to the Lord

    Romans 12:19-20

    What is your first inclination when people wrong you? Is it to seek vengeance on them, to do what you can to make them pay for what they have done? Or, is your response immediately to pray for them, to ...Read More

  • Blessed are the Merciful

    Matthew 5:7

    Mercy does not deny that wrong has been done or make light of sin. Instead, mercy is forgiveness and patience extended to someone despite the fact that the person deserves only justice. This is an important principle in a day ...Read More

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