• Hearing What we Want to Hear

    Micah 2

    Leaders continue to take advantage of the nations they are supposed to serve, using the legal system to their advantage at the expense of the powerless. In the United States, we see this all the time when unscrupulous businessmen lobby ...Read More

  • Herod Slays the Children

    Matthew 2:16–18

    That the majority of Jews had not fulfilled the condition of repentance necessary for restoration (Jer. 29:10–14) when the Son of God became incarnate demonstrates that the fundamental problem for Israel was not Gentile domination but rather the ...Read More

  • Hezekiah’s Failure

    Isaiah 39

    One commentator notes how Hezekiah’s failure shows the importance of a life of obedience. If we trust God only when we are in dire straits, like Hezekiah was with Sennacherib, but forget Him when things are good, then we ...Read More

  • Jehoiakim Burns the Word of God

    Jeremiah 36

    Jehoiakim tried to destroy the Word of God, showing the hardheartedness of king and people that made the exile inevitable. He was not the first ruler to try and destroy the Bible, and he would not be the last. But ...Read More

  • Jeremiah Versus Hananiah

    Jeremiah 28

    Jeremiah evaluates Hananiah’s message in today’s passage according to the true prophets who had preceded him. This is essentially the practice of sola Scriptura in an old covenant context. Like Jeremiah, we are to evaluate teachers based on ...Read More

  • Kings of North and South

    Daniel 11

    Daniel’s vision in today’s passage emphasizes the point that the exilic conditions of the old covenant community would continue once they were back in their land. The Jews would have to wait for their exaltation over the kingdoms ...Read More

  • Learning God’s Lessons

    Ezekiel 6

    The returned exiles, by and large, got rid of all overt idolatry in Canaan when they came back from Babylon. However, the later prophets and the New Testament show us that they did not go far enough, and groups such ...Read More

  • Life-Giving Water

    Ezekiel 47:1–12

    Today’s study is probably one of the texts Jesus had in mind when He discussed regeneration with Nicodemus (John 3:1–8). In the new covenant that follows the exile of Israel, the Spirit gives life unparalleled in its ...Read More

  • Micah’s Trust in the Lord

    Micah 7:1–10

    As God’s people were surrounded by their enemies, Israel and Judah often heard these nations asking, “Where is the LORD your God?” (Mic. 7:10a). Because these enemies conquered Canaan with little resistance, they thought Yahweh was absent from ...Read More

  • New Hope for God’s People

    Jeremiah 31:1–30

    Surely, God’s words “I have loved you with an everlasting love” are among the most comforting in all of Scripture. Although they should not lead us to presume upon His grace, they do remind us that the transgressions of ...Read More

  • New Hope for God’s People

    Daniel 7:1-12

    We will look at the specifics of Daniel 7 in more detail tomorrow. Today, we note that to know and understand Scripture according to the original meaning of its authors is the only way we can rightly apply the Bible ...Read More

  • One like a Son of Man

    Daniel 7:13-28

    Tomorrow we will see that this text foresees the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and divine Son of Man in His ascension and session at the Father’s right hand. In His death, resurrection, and ascension, He ...Read More

  • Reaping the Whirlwind

    Hosea 8

    Scripture teaches in several places that God will give people the desires of their hearts. For the Christian, this is a blessing, for as we delight ourselves in the Lord, our desires will more and more line up with God ...Read More

  • Righteousness and life

    Isaiah 8

    Scripture often speaks of God doing a new thing (Isa. 43:19), but this does not mean He is working in an entirely unprecedented manner. Instead, it means that there are connections to the way God has worked in the ...Read More

  • Seventy More Weeks

    Daniel 9:20-27

    If we focus on the trees and not the forest, it is very easy for us to miss the main point of a difficult text like this one. The original audience of the text was to understand that God had ...Read More