• The Grain Offering Restored

    Joel 2:12–27

    God’s prophetic word to Israel is a word for us this day: “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25). Even if we feel like we have fallen too far for ...Read More

  • The Importance of Pentecost

    Deuteronomy 16:16–17

    Matthew Henry comments that at Pentecost “none must appear before God empty, but every man must bring some offering or other, in token of a dependence upon God and gratitude to him.” It can be easy to think that our ...Read More

  • The Kingdom of God

    Matthew 11:1-6

    Some promises of the new covenant have already been fulfilled (the reign of Christ on David’s throne and His atonement), and some are not yet realized (the complete removal of sin). Praise God for those things already accomplished and ...Read More

  • The Lamb and His Tribes

    Revelation 7

    The prophets looked forward to the day when the Gentiles would worship Abraham’s Lord. However, the prophets did not understand this fully (Eph.3:4–6), nor did they see that these Gentiles would be the ones in God ...Read More

  • The Law and the Promise

    Galatians 3:15–25

    The proper function of the law is to put before us the right way of living before God. This is very nearly the definition of coram Deo—to live before the face of God, under His authority and unto His ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Passover

    Exodus 12:1–32

    Though not himself a Christian, Lord Alfred Tennyson captures the pervasiveness of sin in his poem “The Holy Grail”: “In me lived a sin / So strange, of such a kind, that all of pure, / Noble and knightly in me twined ...Read More

  • The Mosaic Covenant

    Deuteronomy 7:6-8

    By revealing His law to Israel after redeeming the nation from Egypt, our Creator establishes the basic principle of sanctification. Strictly speaking, we do not make ourselves holy. First, God saves us from sin and sets us apart as His ...Read More

  • The Mosaic Covenant

    Deuteronomy 7:6–8

    The old covenant law testified to the perfect holiness God demands, and it also trained Israel to look for a Savior. It was not through keeping the Law that the ancient Israelites were commanded to seek salvation. As with us ...Read More

  • The Mysteries of the Gentiles

    Ephesians 3:6

    That God has made those of us who are Gentiles fellow heirs of all His covenant promises should not make us arrogant. We have done nothing to deserve this grace, and our remaining sin should always remind us how far ...Read More

  • The New and Living Way

    Hebrews 10:19–20

    Most of the old covenant saints could never enter into the Holy of Holies. Even the high priest who could enter could do so only once a year. But through Christ, we can enter God’s presence daily in our ...Read More

  • The New Covenant

    Hebrews 8:8–9

    We live our entire lives in absolute dependence upon God. From our first breath to our last, it is God who sustains us. This is most evident in our redemption that comes only after the old covenant points out our ...Read More

  • The New Covenant

    Jeremiah 31:31–40

    John Calvin writes, “God speaks to us now openly, as it were face to face, and not under a veil, as Paul teaches us, when speaking of Moses, who put on a veil when he went forth to address the ...Read More

  • The Noahic Covenant

    Genesis 8:20–9:17

    Our world tempts us to believe that the cycle of seasons and the rising and setting of the sun is due entirely to the orbit of the planet, the tilting of its axis, and its revolution around that same axis ...Read More

  • The Noahic Covenant

    Genesis 8:20-9:17

    God’s covenant with Noah provides an arena for His special grace to operate for the sake of our salvation, but this covenant is also the fruit of His common grace for all people. Everyone benefits from the regularity of ...Read More

  • The Old Covenant Law

    Deuteronomy 31:9–13

    Seeking the Law as an end in itself leads to legalism. Instead, as we study the law of God, we must remember the history of salvation in which it was delivered so that we understand it was given not to ...Read More