• The Twelve Tribes of Israel

    Genesis 49:1-28

    Because we are grafted into the tree of Israel by faith when we trust in Christ alone, we can be assured that we will enjoy the future glory promised to Israel. Even when things look darkest for the church, we ...Read More

  • The Spirit and the Lord’s Servant

    Isaiah 61:1–3

    Isaiah 61:3 indicates that one result of the Messiah’s work is to make His people “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.” This is an image of permanence, of life in God’s presence forever. John Calvin comments, “There is ...Read More

  • Hermeneutics

    2 Timothy 2:15

    If we ignore the intent of the author, the Bible can mean whatever we want it to mean. Divisions in the church, cultic groups, radical subjectivism, and our own Scripture-twisting all attest to this. When studying the Bible, investigate Bible ...Read More

  • The Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized

    Ezekiel 4

    Church leaders are tasked with maintaining the purity of the church in this new covenant age (1 Cor. 5). This is accomplished by the careful practice of church discipline, which must lead finally to excommunication for those who remain impenitent. ...Read More

  • God’s Incommunicable Attributes

    Acts 17:28

    God’s attribute of infinity greatly comforts us. Because He has no boundaries, there is no place where He is not. We can never get so far away from Him that He cannot help us, and He is always close at ...Read More

  • Just and Fair Masters

    Colossians 4:1

    By way of application, those who are managers or who otherwise supervise people should keep in mind the principle behind the proper treatment of slaves by masters. Employees are not to be regarded as mere cogs in a machine, and ...Read More

  • Sacrifice from the Heart

    Psalm 50

    Read Matthew 12:1–13. What was the major concern of the Pharisees? What was Jesus’ concern? What does Jesus mean by “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (see Hosea 6:6)? Examine your life and your practice of worship (corporate and private) ...Read More

  • The LORD’s Glorious Branch

    Isaiah 4:2-6

    When we come to the New Testament, we find that the unexpected—from our perspective—has happened. The latter days of judgment and blessing have been extended for many years, with the Lord’s blessing being emphasized through the preaching of the gospel ...Read More

  • The Lord Saves Israel

    1 Samuel 14:16-23

    Saul gives the appearance of “having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:5). He gives more heed to rituals than to the God behind them. Rituals are good so long as they bring us closer to ...Read More

  • The Millennium, Part I

    Rev. 20

    In its historic and dispensational forms, premillennialism has the advantage of reminding us of the real presence and power of the evil one. Many may fault its pessimistic understanding of the influence of the church on the world system, but ...Read More

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