• Desecrating the Sanctuary

    Matthew 24:23–28

    In the days ahead we will look further at how the destruction of Jerusalem vindicates Jesus’ teaching and how it resulted from the nation’s rejection of the Messiah. For now, be reminded of the disaster that ensues when we ...Read More

  • Running for the Hills

    Matthew 24:15–22

    Jesus words in today’s passage indicate that it is not necessarily wrong for believers to flee when calamity comes or when men rise to persecute the church. Certainly, if we are caught we must be willing to die for ...Read More

  • Signs of the End

    Matthew 24:9–14

    The fact that the Gospel had been proclaimed to the Roman world by the late middle of the first century does not mean that the task of world evangelization has been completed. People from every tribe, nation, and tongue will ...Read More

  • The Olivet Discourse

    Matthew 24:3–8

    This approach to the Olivet Discourse does not deny Christ’s future coming in glory “to judge the living and the dead,” as the creeds say. Those who advocate this view just argue that most of Matthew 24 is not ...Read More

  • Jesus Leaves the Temple

    Matthew 24:1–2

    It is a terrible thing to think that the Lord can become so fed up with those who claim to be His servants that He departs from their presence. God sometimes seems absent to us because we have grieved Him ...Read More

  • Jesus Laments Over Jerusalem

    Matthew 23:37–39

    We are not perfectly holy and have no inherent right to execute wrath. How then can we take pleasure in the death of the sinner if God finds no pleasure in the death of the wicked? Our hearts should be ...Read More

  • Beware of Idolatry

    Deuteronomy 4:15–31

    Their denial of biblical authority makes it easy to accuse liberals of committing refined idolatry. The evangelical church in our day, however, can also build refined idols. Those who believe in a “God of love” without acknowledging His just wrath ...Read More

  • Persecutors of the Prophets

    Matthew 23:29–36

    Matthew Henry says it is easy for us to assume that we would be unlike the scribes and Pharisees and follow Jesus willingly. Yet even centuries later, he writes, “Christ in his Spirit, in his word, in his ministers, is ...Read More

  • Dead Men Walking

    Matthew 23:27–28

    Truth be told, there is a bit of hypocrisy in all of us. We often try hard to impress other people with our piety, trying to get the pastor and other people to notice our willingness to pray and serve ...Read More

  • Inward Cleanliness

    Matthew 23:25–26

    According to Matthew Henry: “those sins must be conscientiously abstained from, which the eye of God only is a witness to, who searches the heart.” We can easily think we are being obedient if we do many good deeds, however ...Read More

  • Weightier Matters of the Law

    Matthew 23:23–24

    John Calvin writes, “The Law is kept only when men are just, and kind, and true, towards each other; for thus they testify that they love and fear God, and give proper and sufficient evidence of sincere piety.” Commitment to ...Read More

  • The Sanctity of Vows

    Matthew 23:16–22

    John MacArthur comments that “swearing by those things [temple, altar, and so on] is tantamount to swearing by God Himself” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,169). Any godly commitment we make must be honored, for the Lord prizes truth ...Read More

  • Increasing Another’s Guilt

    Matthew 23:13–15

    As we preach the Gospel to our friends and neighbors we must always stress grace, otherwise we can convert people to a Christianized form of moralism that implies it is possible for us to get right with God through our ...Read More

  • Giving Caesar His Due

    Matthew 22:15–22

    Our Lord’s teaching is a useful principle for understanding when it is lawful to obey the state. As long as it does not claim for itself the rights that appropriately belong to God, Christians must obey the ruling authorities ...Read More

  • Ejected From the Feast

    Matthew 22:11–14

    Matthew Henry comments, “Those, and those only, who put on the Lord Jesus, and to whom he is all in all, have wedding clothes.” Personal, saving trust in Christ is necessary to be a part of His banquet. Such faith ...Read More