• Our Pattern for Holiness

    Leviticus 19:1–2

    We are often tempted to trivialize God’s demand for holiness and instead look to somebody or something other than God as the standard by which we measure ourselves. Remember, though, that the Lord has pronounced judgment on His image ...Read More

  • Sanctification Demanded

    Leviticus 10:1–11

    John Calvin, in his commentary on today’s passage, notes how many people might view the Lord’s treatment of Nadab and Abihu as overly harsh. Yet, he writes, “If we reflect how holy a thing God’s worship is ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Song over His People

    Zephaniah 3:14–20

    God is the transcendent Lord, and so He is never to be trifled with. Yet that He is Lord over us does not mean that He is distant and aloof. Our Father really does have affection for those who are ...Read More

  • The High and Holy Place

    Isaiah 57:14–21

    The Lord is transcendent — high above us as our Lord and Sovereign. Yet this is not a distant and wrathful lordship, for in Christ we no longer have to fear eternal judgment. In fact, Jesus has made us friends with ...Read More

  • El Shaddai

    Job 38–42

    It is not necessarily wrong to question what the Lord is doing as long as we are not sinfully demanding that He justify Himself. Nevertheless, we should be silent before Him far more often than we ask questions of Him ...Read More

  • Adonai

    Psalm 8

    Humanity’s most basic sin is the desire to throw off the Lord’s external authority and become a law unto ourselves. Even we who have been transformed by His grace must likewise war against this desire, which often manifests ...Read More

  • Elohim

    Genesis 1:26a

    The Christian faith provides not only a vehicle for piety and devotion to the Lord, but it also satisfies the intellect and answers questions that human beings have been asking for generations. Believers should not be afraid to engage in ...Read More

  • Yahweh

    Exodus 3

    Even the best among us are not absolutely reliable. We can change our minds. We can be caught off guard, grow tired, or run into other circumstances that might prevent us from keeping our promises. The same thing is not ...Read More

  • The Names of God

    Genesis 2:18–25

    “I like to think of God as …” is one of the most common ways that our culture tries to name God. People take the attributes of God they like, ignore the ones that do not please them, and end up ...Read More

  • A More Permanent Tabernacle

    2 Chronicles 7:11–22

    God has met us face-to-face in Jesus, and we can be assured that He will never leave the temple that He is building in His Son with us as living stones (1 Peter 2:1–11). Let us not take ...Read More

  • God Enters the Tabernacle

    Exodus 40:34–38

    In Christ we have access to the holy place in heaven where we can commune with our Father. This can be a difficult reality to remember since we do not yet see Him face-to-face. But just as the tabernacle reminded ...Read More

  • That Which Cannot Be Touched

    Hebrews 12:18–29

    We are not a people defined by Sinai and the covenant given there; rather, we are adopted into God’s family under the new covenant and enjoy the privilege of being able to come into His presence. We enter this ...Read More

  • God’s Fuller Revelation

    Psalm 68:1–18

    Legalism is the inevitable result when we fail to remember that the cross was the high point of redemptive history, not the covenant ratified at Sinai. As we meditate on the cross, we recall the glory seen in His death ...Read More

  • At the Foot of Sinai

    Exodus 19

    We must not try to find answers to questions God has never answered (Deut. 29:29). The Lord has told us all we need to know in this present sinful age, and trusting Him involves us acknowledging that there are ...Read More

  • The Kingdom of God

    Genesis 1:26–28

    Subduing the earth involves anything over which we exercise wise stewardship. Every time a mother teaches her child a Bible verse, an accountant refuses to cook the company’s books, a flowering plant is pruned to increase its blooms and ...Read More