• Pharisaic Hypocrisy

    Matthew 23:1–4

    As we have seen, many Pharisees had an inflated view of their own goodness and were unaware of their own need for mercy (Luke 18:9–14). Yet the truly pious, “being conscious of their own weakness…kindly forgive the weak,” as John ...Read More

  • Laban Surrenders

    Genesis 31:43-50

    Matthew Henry comments on verse 49: “When we are out of one another’s sight, let this be a restraint upon us, that wherever we are we are under God’s eye.” We may not be guilty of Laban’s sins, but we ...Read More

  • The Great Conspiracy

    Acts 4:23–37

    Satan did not stop conspiring against God and His Anointed after the work of Herod and Pilate. He is continually at work. C. S. Lewis said that we often err either by ascribing too much or too little power ...Read More

  • The Altar of Incense

    Exodus 30:1–10

    Only authorized incense could be offered on the altar (Ex. 30:9), which shows that God is zealous to determine how He is worshiped. In fact, the Lord hates the worship and prayers of all those who do not approach Him ...Read More

  • Laban’s Futile Search

    Genesis 31:33-35

    Duress makes false gods enticing. Those in dire financial straits may look to the lottery or corrupt politicians to save them. Men or women under pressure at work or at home may seek refuge in drugs, alcohol, or pornography. The ...Read More

  • God’s Olive Tree

    Romans 11

    Though there are many privileges in being a part of God’s family, we must never become conceited that we trust in Christ while others do not. All of God’s people have been chosen from the foundation of the world (Eph. ...Read More

  • Paul’s Theology

    Romans 1:16–17

    Paul was a unique vessel prepared by God for a unique task. His inspired work has been the foundation for many of the church’s theological tenets for two thousand years. Scan through Acts 9 through 28. List ways Paul contributed ...Read More

  • A Wrestling People

    Genesis 32:22-32

    The weight of today’s passage lies in the fact that Jacob wrestled with God. Note, however, that Jacob could sustain the struggle only because of the Lord’s grace to Him. Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “We cannot prevail with ...Read More

  • In the Fullness of Time

    Ephesians 1:10

    On the last day, God’s perfect plan will be fulfilled, and throughout the universe, all creatures great and small will honor Christ. Our task as we anticipate this final day is twofold. First, we must live as He has commanded, ...Read More

  • A Rich Man Buries a Poor Man

    Matthew 27:57–61

    Besides Joseph of Arimathea’s faithfulness in our Lord’s burial, note that Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph are also present when Jesus is laid to rest (Matt. 27:56, 61). Matthew Henry writes, “True love for Christ ...Read More