• Your Exile

    1 Peter 1:17–19

    That the apostle Peter applies the language of exile to a largely Gentile audience just as it applies to the faithful Jewish remnant shows us that there is only one people of God. True Israel consists of all those who ...Read More

  • When Darkness Is Our Companion

    Psalm 88

    Many Christian authors have written about “the dark night of the soul” or “spiritual depression,” referring to those times when God seems far away and we feel spiritually dry and down. At such times, we are not to believe that ...Read More

  • You Shall Not Eat

    Genesis 2:15-17

    Many people view labor as punishment — or something to be done only to earn a paycheck. While it is true that certain aspects of our work are cursed, labor nonetheless remains a gift from God. Thus we are to ...Read More

  • You Who Are Younger

    1 Peter 5:5

    Are you submissive to the elders in the church? Do you follow their leadership even when they do something you do not like, or do you seek opportunities to undermine their authority? Do you pretend to find sin in all ...Read More

  • Zeal Without Knowledge

    Romans 10:1-3

    All of us can fall into a mind-set that says we must add something to the finished work of Christ in order to be truly acceptable to God. Let us be clear: obeying the commands of our Savior is not ...Read More

  • Blots and Blemishes

    2 Peter 2:12–13

    False teachers who leave the church to start their own cults are, in a sense, easier to deal with because they have clearly set themselves apart from the Christian community. More insidious are those teachers who hold onto the name ...Read More

  • Zechariah’s Call for Judah’s Return

    Zechariah 1:1-6

    The opening verses of Zechariah’s book contain warnings to the people for breaking the law, warnings that prompted the people to show repentance. When God warns His people of their sin, that is always His goal, namely, their repentance. Matthew ...Read More

  • Zechariah Sees a New Lampstand

    Zechariah 4

    At first, Zechariah had trouble understanding his vision, so he asked for divine guidance. From this we should learn, writes John Calvin, that “there is therefore no doubt but that the Lord will supply us also with understanding, when we ...Read More

  • Another Request for a Sign

    Matthew 16:1–4

    Matthew Henry comments, “It is an instance of the deceitfulness of the heart, to think that we should be influenced by the means and advantages which we do not have, while we slight those which we have.” The Sadducees and ...Read More

  • Another Seven Days

    Genesis 8:6–12

    If Noah could worship in the less-than-ideal conditions of the ark, certainly we in the West cannot, in most cases, use tiredness as an excuse to skip Sunday services, especially when so many Christians in other countries risk their lives ...Read More