• The Lord Watches over His Word

    Jeremiah 1:11–19

    God said to Jeremiah, “They shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you” (Jer. 1:19). This promise was not just for Jeremiah, but it is for all the faithful servants of ...Read More

  • Mercy Amidst Judgment

    Jeremiah 4:5–31

    God swore by Himself to bless the world through Abraham (Gen. 12:1–3; 15), imposing a self-obligation to save humanity that He cannot violate lest He be unfaithful to His covenant oath. In saving the world from sin, however ...Read More

  • Mourning Over the Pierced Lord

    Zechariah 12

    Today’s passage says that the full restoration of all things cannot happen until the Jews recognize their Messiah. John Calvin seems to have held this view, and many others have taught it as well. In any case, Zechariah is teaching ...Read More

  • The Prayer of Habakkuk

    Habakkuk 3:1–16

    When we are having difficulty trusting the Lord, it can be helpful for us to recount all the ways in which He has been faithful in the past. First, we should remember how God kept His promises to Noah, Abraham ...Read More

  • The Prophecy of Amos

    Amos 1:1

    Success is not inherently bad, but we should recognize that we are often more tempted to trust in ourselves during good times than during the bad. Moreover, we are often tempted to exploit whatever power we have over other people ...Read More

  • The Prophetic Hope Fulfilled

    Luke 1:5–17

    John the Baptist was the last prophet of the old covenant even though his story is told in what we commonly call the New Testament. Jesus tells us that John was the greatest prophet of the old covenant, but greater ...Read More

  • The Prophet to Assyria

    Jonah 1:1–2

    Despite God’s promise to Abraham that His descendants would bring blessing to the world (Gen. 12:1–3), the old covenant community, as a whole, tried to keep the Lord’s blessings for themselves and did not reach out to the ...Read More

  • The Prototypical Prophet

    1 Kings 18:17

    We do not believe that the office of prophet continues today. God established the prophets as the foundation of the church, and a foundation is laid only once. However, God’s people are called to build on that foundation alone (Eph ...Read More

  • Purging Iniquity

    Zechariah 5

    Ultimately, the impenitent are confirmed in sin forever—they continue to experience its degrading and destructive effects in hell and feel the fury of God’s wrath. We should not think that the sinners in hell want to be anywhere else ...Read More

  • Raised by the LORD

    Hosea 6:1–3

    Some commentators believe there is an allusion to Hosea 6:2 in passages such as Mark 8:31 and Acts 10:40, but it seems unlikely that the prophet had a specific time frame for the resurrection in mind when ...Read More

  • Running Away from God

    Jonah 1:3–16

    We might be tempted to look down on Jonah for fleeing to Tarshish. However, when we remember how many times we ignore God’s call, we realize that we are no better than the prophet. When Jesus commands us to do ...Read More

  • Salvation is of the LORD

    Jonah 1:17–2:10

    We bring nothing to the Lord when we come to Him for salvation. Even our faith, the instrument of our justification, is a gift from Him (Eph. 2:8–10). This is a great truth that we must tell ourselves ...Read More

  • The Scroll and the Watchman

    Ezekiel 3

    John Calvin comments: “What Ezekiel heard belongs to all teachers of the Church, namely, that they are Divinely appointed and placed as on watch-towers, that they may keep watch for the common safety of all. It was the duty of ...Read More

  • The Shepherd Rescues His Sheep

    Ezekiel 34:1–24

    Today’s passages contains hints of the incarnation in its description of the Lord as the shepherd of Israel and its description of David as shepherd of Israel (Ezek. 34:15, 23). Our Creator was revealing that He and David—the ...Read More

  • The Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized

    Ezekiel 4

    Church leaders are tasked with maintaining the purity of the church in this new covenant age (1 Cor. 5). This is accomplished by the careful practice of church discipline, which must lead finally to excommunication for those who remain impenitent ...Read More