• The Field of Ephron

    Genesis 23:10–16

    Abraham had earlier gained rights to the well he dug in Beersheba (Gen. 21:25–34), but the plot he bought in today’s passage was the first property he owned in Canaan. In purchasing this land, he gave an ...Read More

  • The First Christian Martyr

    Acts 7

    Three things in Stephen’s speech enraged the Jews: He pointed out (1) that they had always persecuted the prophets; (2) that the prophets had often gone to the Gentiles and been better received; (3) that the Greater Temple and Priest ...Read More

  • The Flood Continued

    Genesis 7:17–24

    Are you going through some period of difficulty right now? Perhaps someone close to you has recently died. Maybe you are ill or are doubting the Lord’s promises. Perchance a friend or family member is suffering. If you feel ...Read More

  • The Foolishness of Kings

    Esther 5:1–6:13

    Paul tells us we must subject ourselves to the ruling authorities (Rom. 13:1–7). Yet in submitting to human governments, let us never forget that their authority is not ultimate and that their power is not absolute. In fact ...Read More

  • The Generations of Shem

    Genesis 11:10–26

    It can be easy to look at the falsehood propagated in the church and wonder if the Lord will truly preserve His people. But both Scripture and history reveal how God has again and again sustained a remnant who loves ...Read More

  • The Glory of God’s Grace

    Galatians 1:21–24

    We should be thankful to the Lord for the grace that He pours out upon us as well as the grace He has shown to other people. We should also believe that no sinner is beyond His grace, for if ...Read More

  • The Good and the Better

    1 Samuel 15:17-23

    It is much easier to bring a bullock or lamb to be burnt upon the altar than to bring every high thought into obedience to God,” Henry writes. Take care lest the good but more-ritualistic aspects of the ...Read More

  • The Grief of God

    1 Samuel 15:10-16

    Many today believe, as Saul seems to have thought, that what one does is not as important as the sincerity behind the action. But God wants us to have right motives and right actions. True good deeds are motivated by ...Read More

  • The Handwriting on the Wall

    Daniel 5

    In today’s passage, we saw the great and mighty dependent on the very people they conquered for insight into the Lord’s ways. God so often uses the meek, the powerless, and even the subjugated to show those who ...Read More

  • The Heart of the Man

    1 Samuel 16:1-13

    God delights in accomplishing His will in ways that astonish human beings. How like Him to select a shepherd boy, the last of eight brothers, as His king. David was a nobody, but he did great things because God was ...Read More

  • The Heavens Open

    Genesis 7:11–16

    John Calvin comments that water “threatens us with death from above and from beneath, except so far as it is restrained by the hand of God.” We may not be so inclined to view them as such today, but the ...Read More

  • The House of God

    Genesis 28:18–22

    Calvin writes that in order for a vow to be lawful and pleasing to God, “it is first necessary that it should tend to a right end; and next, that men should devote nothing by a vow but what is ...Read More

  • The Justice of God’s Choice

    Romans 5:15–17

    We must take our standards for justice from what God says and not from our own arbitrary opinions. If God says something is just, it is just. Of course, the Lord is not arbitrary about this. Justice is grounded in ...Read More

  • The King of Sodom

    Genesis 14:21–24

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “The people of God must, for their credit’s sake, take heed of doing anything that looks wicked or mercenary, or that savors of covetousness and self-seeking.” Appearances can be deceiving. We must ...Read More

  • The King’s Good Graces

    Genesis 47:1–6

    In the United States and other Western countries where the church has long held sway, we see increasing attempts to silence the Gospel. Our task to be salt and light even in the political realm remains, but let us take ...Read More