• God Leaves the Temple

    Ezekiel 10

    For those with the eyes of faith, God’s willingness to leave His temple in Jerusalem was also a positive sign. If the Lord was not limited to Mount Zion and could leave His house there, then He could go with ...Read More

  • The Lord Watches over His Word

    Jeremiah 1:11–19

    God said to Jeremiah, “They shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you” (Jer. 1:19). This promise was not just for Jeremiah, but it is for all the faithful servants of God. ...Read More

  • The Crown of Glory

    1 Peter 5:4

    Though God certainly has the right to require obedience from us without promising a reward, today’s passage shows us He has not chosen to do this. Rather, He promises His faithful servants rewards for their obedience. When you faithfully shepherd ...Read More

  • God-Moving Prayer

    Genesis 18:16–33

    Sometimes we think our prayers are pointless because we know God’s mind cannot be changed. Yet we do not know what the Lord has decreed, and Scripture is clear that our prayers really do have an effect in God’s plan ...Read More

  • Female Authority

    1 Timothy 2:11-12

    Dr. John MacArthur says, “Paul is forbidding women from filling the office and role of the pastor or teacher. He is not prohibiting them from teaching in other appropriate conditions and circumstances” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,783). All of ...Read More

  • Commander of the Lord’s Army

    Joshua 5:13-15

    Even believers can presume that God is on their side on a particular issue without due consideration. Though he was not an evangelical, Abraham Lincoln’s famous words can serve us well here: “My concern is not whether God is on ...Read More

  • Exposing the Darkness

    Ephesians 5:11-14

    Matthew Henry comments, “We must witness against the sins of others, and endeavor to convince them of their sinfulness in our words; but especially by the holiness of our lives.” Our holy living has consequences not only for our own ...Read More

  • The Messianic Secret

    Matthew 16:13–23

    Jesus did not keep His identity hidden from everyone, but revealed it to those who would be less likely to expect a political revolutionary (for example, John 4:26). In order that you would not have false expectations about Jesus’ work ...Read More

  • Promised Land Denied

    Hebrews 3:18–19

    When Jesus says “if you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15), He points out the close connection between belief and obedience. Because Jesus is God, His commandments are found from Genesis 1 all the way to Revelation ...Read More

  • Idolatry Defined

    Philippians 3:19

    Anything or anyone can become an idol in our lives because whatever we love more than the Lord is, by definition, an idol. Because our hearts are idol factories, as John Calvin taught us, we are all continually tempted to ...Read More