• Before the Law

    Romans 4:9–12

    In Matthew 18:21–22, Jesus tells Peter that His disciples must freely forgive others. One of the ways we can be sure that we have received forgiveness from God and are truly justified is that we are quick to forgive those ...Read More

  • The Eternal Priest-King

    Psalm 110:4–7

    Christ is gentle and kind to His people, but this gentleness and kindness is an expression of strength, not weakness. He is also the fierce protector of His children, and He will judge the earth in righteousness. Our only hope ...Read More

  • A Brother Ambushed

    Genesis 37:18–24

    John Calvin comments, “The characters of men are not to be estimated by a single act, however atrocious, so as to cause us to despair of their salvation.” Like Reuben, believers today can fall into gross sin. But they may ...Read More

  • Joy in the Present

    Ecclesiastes 2:24-26

    Often we experience suffering when we have faithfully served the Lord, while other faithful servants experience prosperity. When this happens, it is easy to wallow in dissatisfaction. We are also tempted to try to find the reasons why our situation ...Read More

  • Learning God’s Lessons

    Ezekiel 6

    The returned exiles, by and large, got rid of all overt idolatry in Canaan when they came back from Babylon. However, the later prophets and the New Testament show us that they did not go far enough, and groups such ...Read More

  • Fire Safety

    Proverbs 6:27–29

    All too often, we think that we can entertain temptation or get too close to a particular sin and not fall into transgression. That shows us just how important it is for us to be reminded of Proverbs 6:27–29. Knowing ...Read More

  • An Inconsolable Father

    Genesis 37:29–36

    Though as good as dead, Joseph is alive and will be used to bring life to Egypt and his kin (Gen. 50:20). How much greater, then, is Christ who actually died before rising again to give us life? John Calvin ...Read More

  • The Christ

    Luke 9:18–20

    Of all the titles given to Jesus in Scripture, Christ may be the one with the richest meaning since it incorporates the three offices of prophet, priest, and king and everything that is connected to them. We who are suffering ...Read More

  • Paying Our Taxes

    Romans 13:6-7

    God calls us to pay taxes, not to approve of everything our tax money pays for. In Paul’s day, tax money was used to pay the salaries of soldiers and other officials who persecuted Christians and committed other evils. Nevertheless, ...Read More

  • God Builds David’s House

    2 Samuel 7:1–17

    God always keeps His promises, which means Jesus had to rise again. The Lord promised David a righteous son who would rule forever, and the only way that the Messiah could atone for sin and rule forever was if He ...Read More