• 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 ...Read More

  • God’s Charge Against Judah

    Jeremiah 3:1–5

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “When an adulteress finds her husband so willing of himself, and ready to grant free pardon, it is certainly an example not found among mortals.” Adultery harms, often irreparably, the bond between husband ...Read More

  • God’s Jealousy for Zion

    Zechariah 8:1-15

    God has promised to bring full restoration in the new heavens and earth. This is an unconditional promise—it is certain to happen no matter what individual men and women do. Yet this does not mean that all men and ...Read More

  • God’s Servant, the Branch

    Zechariah 3:6-10

    Just as Solomon and Zerubbabel, sons of David, built God’s temple during the old covenant period, so does Jesus Christ, the final Son of David, build God’s temple today during the new covenant period. Unlike the temple of ...Read More

  • God Will Swallow up Death Forever

    Isaiah 25

    Paul tells us that “the last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:26) because he recognizes that death continues to plague creation even though Christ dealt it a mortal blow by His own death and resurrection. Death ...Read More

  • Gog and Magog

    Ezekiel 38

    Given the symbolism of the passage, we must see it not only as a prediction of the final battle between God and the enemies of His people but also a vision of the encounter between new covenant Israel—the church ...Read More

  • 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