• Shepherd and Overseer

    1 Peter 2:25

    We should never think that our problems and concerns are too insignificant for Christ to address. There is a sense, of course, in which we should have some perspective about what we face each day. Nevertheless, Christ is concerned with ...Read More

  • The Shepherd Gathers His Flock

    Jeremiah 23:1–8

    Today’s passage should be sobering to any leader, especially those who shepherd the flock of God. Though we cannot escape the guilt of our own sin by blaming others, the Lord’s undershepherds will be judged if they neglect their shepherding ...Read More

  • The Shepherd is Struck

    Mark 14:26–50

    Jesus solemnly warns us that He will deny before the Father those who deny Him before the world (Matt. 10:32–33). This should strike fear into our hearts and lead us to pray for the strength to confess Him in all ...Read More

  • The Shepherd Rescues His Sheep

    Ezekiel 34:1–24

    Today’s passages contains hints of the incarnation in its description of the Lord as the shepherd of Israel and its description of David as shepherd of Israel (Ezek. 34:15, 23). Our Creator was revealing that He and David—the chosen Messiah ...Read More

  • The Shield of Faith

    Ephesians 6:16

    An essential part of turning to Christ in order to resist temptation and other assaults successfully is understanding and appreciating truly His loveliness. When we have a true grasp of His greatness, we will be more encouraged to look to ...Read More

  • A Shoot from Jesse’s Stump

    Isaiah 11:1–11

    One of the things that makes Jesus the Messiah greater than even David himself is His righteousness in judging the poor and deciding with equity for “the meek of the earth” (Isa. 11:4). Christ is the incomparably noble and righteous ...Read More

  • Short-Term Setbacks, Long-Term Gain

    Ecclesiastes 9:17–18

    Scripture repeatedly encourages us to take a long-term perspective. Divine wisdom will on many occasions bring success in this world; however, there is no guarantee that following the Lord will make life easy on this side of glory. Sometimes we ...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

  • The Sign and Seal of Righteousness

    Romans 4:11–12

    Under the new covenant, baptism signifies and seals our separation from the world unto the Lord (Col. 2:8–15). Like circumcision, baptism is not faith or justification, but it points beyond itself to justification for those who believe. Moreover, like circumcision, ...Read More

  • The Sign and the Things Signified

    Acts 2:38

    The passage for today’s study is drawn from question and answer 66 of the Heidelberg Catechism, which reminds us that the promise sealed in the sacraments is the promise to forgive the sins of all those who rest in Christ ...Read More

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