• Dinah’s Humiliation

    Genesis 34:1–4

    John Calvin writes in his commentary that Shechem, on the one hand, “loved her [Dinah] as a wife; and did not even object to be circumcised that he might have her.” Nevertheless, the “fervor of lust had so prevailed, that ...Read More

  • Law of Noncontradiction

    Numbers 23:19

    The Lord of the Universe is trustworthy. When He reveals Himself to us, He reveals Himself truly. If contradiction and truth could exist side by side, we would be left with a God whom we could never know or trust. ...Read More

  • Privileges and Responsibility

    Ephesians 4:1

    Living in a manner worthy of our calling is not following a legalistic checklist of do’s and don’ts. Instead, it is a gratitude-inspired pursuit of God-given growth in personal holiness. Even though this is our duty, it should also delight ...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

  • Divorce and Remarriage

    Matthew 19:9

    Our emotions can get in the way of biblical decision-making. We therefore need an outside perspective to help us discern how to deal with troubled relationships. Pastors and elders, who are called to look out for our spiritual well-being, must ...Read More

  • Encourage One Another

    Hebrews 10:24–25

    Ask yourself this question: “Do I really believe that I need encouragement to maintain my faith?” The answer should be yes. True believers share their struggles with other believers and pray for each other so that they will persevere. Allow ...Read More

  • Defining God’s Will

    What is your response to the questions raised in this reading: How does God “will” the presence of evil and suffering? Is He the immediate cause of evil? Does He do evil?Read More

  • From Jacob to Israel

    Genesis 32:27–28

    When God sends trials our way, He is not working against us. He also delivers us from the travails He permits (Pss. 18:2; 74; 79; 1 Cor. 10:13). Calvin writes that “inasmuch as he supplies us with more strength to ...Read More

  • Wisdom and Revelation by the Spirit

    Ephesians 1:17

    The “spirit of wisdom and of revelation” is not some esoteric gift or special blessing received after conversion. Instead, it refers to the work of the Spirit to help all the people of God understand the things of God. If ...Read More

  • Effectual Calling

    Romans 8:29–31

    Some would say, “Well, sure, there is an internal call: God internally calls all men. But some resist His call, while others cooperate.” Use Romans 8:28 and 30 to show that this is not what Paul means by the call ...Read More

Topics