• Judgment for Teachers

    James 3:1–2

    Today’s passage warns us about taking up the task of teaching too casually. When we accept such a position of influence over others, whether in an official, ministerial capacity or not, God will judge the words we speak more ...Read More

  • The Judgment of Tyre

    Ezekiel 26

    Bible critics read Scripture superficially and find “errors” that do not reflect a fair reading of all the evidence. Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Old Tyre, and it remains uninhabited. Moreover, the island city-fortress of Tyre has never been the same since Alexander’s ...Read More

  • Judgment on “the Earth”

    Isaiah 24

    Read Isaiah 24 today. What is your impression of the Lord after you read this pronouncement of judgment? Salvation from God’s wrath can come only through the promise of Christ that He will save those who turn from their ...Read More

  • Judgments on the Nations

    Amos 1:2-2:3

    Unlike the ancient Ammonites, the pro-abortion people in the modern West do not advocate killing pregnant women (though women die every year from allegedly “safe” abortions). Still, because pro-abortion people advocate murdering unborn people made in God’s image, they are ...Read More

  • The Limits of God’s Patience

    Amos 4

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “How little the pretense of good intention avails with God, which hypocrites ever bring forward.” The ancient Israelites thought that the Lord would be patient with their evil as long as they worshipped ...Read More

  • The Little Apocalypse

    Isaiah 24

    The final judgment in today’s chapter was predicted to come after the exile of Israel and Judah. We live on the other side of this exile, though the New Testament does not foresee it coming to its full and final ...Read More

  • The Living God’s Righteous Hands

    Hebrews 10:30–31

    When talking to unbelievers, we can point out that Christianity alone believes in God’s justice and holy hatred of sin. As long as the adherents of other faiths maintain that our good works can make up for sin and ...Read More

  • The Lord Knows How

    2 Peter 2:9–10a

    That God keeps the unrighteous under punishment by turning them over to their sin should be a sober warning to us. While those of us with true faith will never lose our salvation, if we persist in disobedience, we may ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Answer to Habakkuk

    Habakkuk 2:6–20

    God’s answer to Habakkuk reminds us of the limitations of our perspective. To us, it sometimes seems as if the wicked will prosper forever. However, since the Lord uses even the wicked to achieve His purposes, one day they will ...Read More

  • Making Judgments

    Psalm 41

    How quick are you to judge others? Do you make conclusions and judgments about other people’s circumstances that you should not? Do you find yourself shunning poor people because you consider them outcasts? Confess to God such judgmental attitudes ...Read More

  • The Need for Repentance

    Matthew 7:21–23

    Repentance does not eliminate the struggle with sin and make us perfect immediately. But it does result in a marked change of thoughts, words, and deeds whereby we do not love our former lusts as we once did. If we ...Read More

  • Never Look Back

    Genesis 19:23–26

    Some of you reading today’s study may be newborn Christians and especially tempted to engage in the sinful activities that once defined your lives. Others may be susceptible to looking to the culture to determine their attitudes and treasures ...Read More

  • One Law Giver

    James 4:11–12

    There is most certainly a place for evaluating the spiritual health of the members of our churches. However, this is to be done predominantly by the elders of the church in love and according to the standards of the Law ...Read More

  • On That Day

    Luke 10:1–12

    The first of Martin Luther’s 95 theses reads: “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said, ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” Christ’s application of the destruction of Sodom reminds ...Read More

  • Passing Judgment on Ourselves

    Romans 14:22b

    Though we sometimes feel guilty for things that are not actually sins, we should always pay attention to the voice of our consciences when we experience guilt. When we feel guilt, we must endeavor to understand, according to God’s Word ...Read More