• Dead Worship

    Amos 5:21–27

    It is not that God wanted Israel to abandon what He said about the form of worship, as we will see in other passages that address this issue. The goal, rather, was for worship to be true in form and ...Read More

  • The Faithful Son

    Hebrews 3:5­­–6

    One recurring theme in Scripture is the already and the not-yet. Christ has already laid the foundation of God’s house through His death and resurrection. But He has not yet finished building God’s house because all the elect have not ...Read More

  • Kings of North and South

    Daniel 11

    Daniel’s vision in today’s passage emphasizes the point that the exilic conditions of the old covenant community would continue once they were back in their land. The Jews would have to wait for their exaltation over the kingdoms of this ...Read More

  • Patterns of Growth

    Hebrews 6:11–12

    Some in the original audience of the book of Hebrews wanted to return to the old covenant. In order to avert this, the author exhorts them to imitate the faith of the old covenant saints. This faith was not in ...Read More

  • The Authority of the Bible

    Luke 7:1-10

    Bowing before the authority of Scripture is not some abstract, intellectual notion. As all ideas have consequences, the supreme consequence from this debate is the rise of the Protestant church. People of conviction must make serious choices. Ask yourself if ...Read More

  • Cursed be Canaan

    Genesis 9:24–29

    Matthew Henry comments, “God often visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children, when the children inherit the fathers’ wicked disposition and imitate the fathers’ wicked practices, and do nothing to cut off the inheritance of the curse.” If ...Read More

  • A Priest from Judah

    Hebrews 7:13–14

    We serve Christ as the sovereign King seated at the right hand of the Father. But this sovereign King also serves as High Priest, interceding on our behalf. The kings of this world would never express such concerns for their ...Read More

  • The Garden of Gethsemane

    Matthew 26:36–46

    Honestly presenting our hopes and fears before the Lord carries with it the danger that we might sin and become mad at Him when His will does not match ours. Nevertheless, we may humbly admit all that is weighing upon ...Read More

  • The Fruit of the Gospel

    Colossians 1:5b-8

    If there is no change from smug self-righteousness to humble, selfless repentance in those who profess the gospel, then the church should consider whether it is in fact preaching the gospel and its application to all of life. Of course, ...Read More

  • Counting Faith as Righteousness

    Romans 4:4–5

    A desire to obey God and do good in itself is not opposed to faith. The problem arises when we see our works as the basis upon which God declares us righteous. John Calvin comments, “It is not he, whom ...Read More

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