• A Call for Kindness and Mercy

    Zechariah 7

    If we learn anything from the post-exilic community, it is the peril of not learning from God’s discipline. If we do not learn from His chastisement, we may suffer repeatedly. Thus, when we feel God’s disciplinary hand upon ...Read More

  • Adam and Israel

    Hosea 6:6–7

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “God desires to be worshipped otherwise than sensual men [people who serve the flesh, not the Spirit] dream; they only display their rites, and neglect the spiritual worship of God, which stands in ...Read More

  • Adam and Israel

    Hosea 6

    God was exceedingly gracious when He did not utterly destroy Israel or Adam when they sinned but preserved them so that His original purpose for them might one day be fulfilled. Today God is gracious to us when He freely ...Read More

  • A Wrestling People

    Genesis 32:22-32

    The weight of today’s passage lies in the fact that Jacob wrestled with God. Note, however, that Jacob could sustain the struggle only because of the Lord’s grace to Him. Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “We ...Read More

  • Condemnation for Israel and Judah

    Amos 2:4–16

    Forgetfulness is a major contributing factor to sin for the people of God. When we forget all that the Lord has done for us, it becomes easy to take Him for granted and to commit the very acts He condemns ...Read More

  • Crumbs from the Table

    Matthew 15:21–28

    John Calvin comments, “At no time, certainly, did God shut up his grace among the Jews in such a manner as not to bestow a small taste of them on the Gentiles.” Throughout redemptive history there have been Gentiles who ...Read More

  • Deborah

    Judges 4–5

    Most of us would likely be considered ordinary people who will never make the history books. From a human perspective, we may not seem all that “great.” Yet from God’s perspective, ordinary is what we want to be. He ...Read More

  • Despising Our Heritage

    Romans 10:18–21

    While America and the West seem increasingly to reject the faith that shaped the culture, we are alarmed. While we may, indeed must pray for renewal and revival, let us be confident in God’s redemptive work and remember that ...Read More

  • Dividing the Land

    Joshua 20

    Theonomists want to establish the penalties of the Mosaic law in society today, but this position is ultimately not tenable because unlike the old covenant, the new covenant community is not a geopolitical entity. That does not mean, however, that ...Read More

  • Egypt Redeemed

    Isaiah 19:16–25

    Christ inaugurated the kingdom in His ministry, death, and resurrection, and now He rules to bring people from all nations into His kingdom as these earthly realms belong to Him. Augustine of Hippo comments, “The nations are Christ’s inheritance ...Read More

  • Faithless Shepherds Condemned

    Zechariah 10

    Daniel 9 had said the conditions of exile would be extended, and Zechariah’s prophecy in today’s passage confirms this. We should also see in Zechariah 10 that when God’s people do not respond in faith and obedience ...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 ...Read More

  • God’s Son Is Called

    Matthew 2:13–15

    All of us who were once in sin were in slavery even if we had no earthly masters. Wickedness held sway over our every thought, decision, and action, but in Christ we have been rescued from this power and are ...Read More

  • God’s Word to His Covenant People

    Romans 9:1-3

    God’s Word is delivered to all of the members of the visible covenant community. But the members of the invisible covenant community show themselves to be His elect people by taking the warnings about staying in faith seriously, repenting ...Read More

  • God Withdraws His Revelation

    Amos 8

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage about God’s withdrawal of His Word: “When we abuse God’s bounty, our ingratitude deserves this recompense.” God is long-suffering and kind, but He will not forever send His Word to people ...Read More