• The Book That Grieved Josiah

    2 Kings 22:1–23:32

    Josiah’s response to the reading of Deuteronomy illustrates how we should respond when we hear or read God’s Word. The Scriptures should regularly call into question our assumptions and deeds, provoking us to repent for our faithlessness and to go ...Read More

  • Judah’s Selfless Pledge

    Genesis 43:1–10

    Judah’s actions show him to be far different from the man who rejected Tamar and sold Joseph into slavery (Gen. 37–38). Now he is a servant of the living God. Matthew Henry says Judah, to show his repentance, “would make ...Read More

  • Civil Obedience

    Romans 13:1–2

    Some of the laws and regulations in your country today may seem unnecessary. Nevertheless, in obedience to Scripture we must obey even these unless they lead us to sin. We should not be known as those who try to find ...Read More

  • Consciences Stirred

    Genesis 42:18–28

    Scripture is clear that church discipline is not to be carried out with the aim of vengeance. Instead, restoration must be the aim, and a disciplined person is to be forgiven when he repents (2 Cor. 2:5–11). All Christians are ...Read More

  • That You May Know

    1 John 5:13

    Many theological traditions deny we can be assured of eternal life. Roman Catholicism, for example, denies absolute assurance is possible for any except the greatest saints of the church. But as we can see today, God does want His children ...Read More

  • The Value of Godliness

    1 Timothy 4:7b-9

    Godliness and holiness, mature saints will tell you, are virtues that reinforce themselves. As we grow in holiness we become more aware of our own sin and, consequently, our own need for His empowering to defeat sin and become even ...Read More

  • God Unchanging

    Malachi 3:6

    One of the most comforting truths that we can ever lay hold of is the truth that God’s character cannot change. He is not capricious and He can always be trusted to fulfill His promises. Men and women may change ...Read More

  • The Proven Worth of Timothy

    Philippians 2:21–24

    Paul could be confident in Timothy’s worth as a fellow minister because of the ways he had proven his character over time (Phil. 2:22). As we consider our service in the church, we should also be aware that it takes ...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 Curse of the Law

    Galatians 3:10

    Martin Luther comments on Galatians 2:17 that God’s law “requires perfect obedience unto God, and condemns all those who do not accomplish the same,” and on 3:10 he says that to follow God’s commandments is not to do them “in ...Read More