• Up to Jerusalem

    Matthew 20:17–19

    Following Christ in a world that hates Him is difficult and often earns for us derision and outright persecution from His enemies. This strain can be hard to bear and would be impossible to endure without the comforting promise of ...Read More

  • Vain Priestly Offerings

    Malachi 1:6–14

    God wants all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength in all that we do, but particularly in the case of worship. If we are not endeavoring to worship according to His commands and with the right intent, it would ...Read More

  • An Instrument of Evil

    Revelation 13:1–10

    The only being to whom we owe unquestioning allegiance is God Himself, and confusing the roles of church and state can result in the church supporting and following the state in places where it should not. However, that does not ...Read More

  • Vanity of Vanities

    Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

    As Christians, we know that the life to which Ecclesiastes points, that which is beyond life “under the sun” in this present world, is life in the presence of God Himself. Ultimately, we can find meaning in life only in ...Read More

  • Vengeance on Amalek

    1 Samuel 15:1-9

    God is indeed patient and longsuffering. And yet, each day His patience comes to an end for many who rebel against Him. Their lives end and they are lost. We are called to tell unbelievers that they are trying the ...Read More

  • Vessels of Destruction

    Romans 9:14–24

    Many misunderstand Reformed theology to say that God forces some to go to hell against their will. Though God does indeed pass over some people, He never acts apart from their desires. In our natural state since the fall, all ...Read More

  • Vicarious Substitution

    Matthew 3:13–17

    Nothing that Jesus did was an accident. He did not need to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins, but He did need to be baptized to keep God’s laws perfectly and to be perfectly identified with His people. Because ...Read More

  • Without Deceit

    Matthew 22:23-33

    That the Bible is the Word of God leads to two inescapable conclusions, that it has no error and that it is absolutely binding. Have you ever overlooked a particular demand in the hope that it might be a mistake? ...Read More

  • Victory over Satan

    Luke 10:17–20

    Are you afraid of the Devil? He is a mighty foe, but we have been given the mighty sword of the Word of God that has “divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4). We wage war against Satan by ...Read More

  • Visitors from the East

    Matthew 2:1–6

    The wise men are likely from Babylon and have had to take a long and arduous journey to find Jesus. Matthew Henry draws this application from this event: “Those who truly desire to know Christ, and find him, will not ...Read More