• Principle or Custom?

    1 Corinthians 11:1–16

    Sometimes, after we have studied the background of a text thoroughly, we are still not sure whether it is giving us a principle or a custom. But it is better to treat a custom as a principle than a principle ...Read More

  • The Scroll and the Watchman

    Ezekiel 3

    John Calvin comments: “What Ezekiel heard belongs to all teachers of the Church, namely, that they are Divinely appointed and placed as on watch-towers, that they may keep watch for the common safety of all. It was the duty of ...Read More

  • Ezekiel Condemns the False Prophets

    EZEKIEL 13

    Sometimes we become discouraged that so many wolves are working among the sheep. False teachers have always been a problem for God’s people, however, so we should expect to see theological error raise its ugly head time and again. The ...Read More

  • Fleeing Temptation

    Genesis 39:11–18

    Matthew Henry comments: “It is better to lose a good coat than a good conscience.” In other words, Joseph would rather lose his possessions or even his reputation on account of Potiphar’s evil wife than transgress the Lord’s commandments. There ...Read More

  • Special Garments for Aaron

    Exodus 28

    God was never meant to dwell permanently in a house but to dwell within His people. In becoming incarnate, in “tabernacling” among us as the Greek of John 1:14 may be translated, the eternal Son of God came to live ...Read More

  • The Priest with Filthy Garments

    Zechariah 3:1-5

    Matthew Henry comments: “Christ loathed the filthiness of Joshua’s garments, yet did not put him away, but put them away. Thus God by his grace does with those whom he chooses to be priests to himself; he parts between them ...Read More

  • A City Is Circumcised

    Genesis 34:18–24

    First John 2:15b warns us: “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Dinah’s friendliness with the ways of the Canaanite women and widespread intermarriage, had it happened, both warn us against making ourselves ...Read More

  • Obeying Parents in the Lord

    Ephesians 6:1–3

    The Old Testament often speaks of honor for one’s parents by employing language elsewhere associated with the fear of the Lord (Lev. 19:3, 14, 32). Although no human authority deserves absolute allegiance, we must show proper, biblical reverence to our ...Read More

  • Truth and Love

    2 John 1–3

    Sometimes we can fall into the trap of presenting truth without love. We who are Reformed can be especially guilty of using the doctrines of grace as a club with which we attack people instead of lovingly sharing God’s sovereignty ...Read More

  • Trusting God’s Wisdom

    Job 42

    The book of Job is a powerful reminder that God is in absolute control of all things. This fact can be a great comfort to us and yet also be disconcerting when we suffer things we think we do not ...Read More

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