• Presuming upon God’s Kindness

    Ecclesiastes 8:10–11

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “Sinners herein deceive themselves, for, though the sentence be not executed speedily, it will be executed the more severely at last. Vengeance comes slowly, but it comes surely, and wrath is in the mean ...Read More

  • Predestination and Foreknowledge

    Romans 8:28–30

    We mentioned in an earlier study that only the Calvinistic (Augustinian) view of predestination makes salvation due entirely to the grace of God. The Lord does not make His decision based on our decision; rather, we choose to believe based ...Read More

  • Waiting for Justice

    Psalm 137

    John Calvin comments on Psalm 137:9 that “it may seem to savor of cruelty … but [the psalmist] does not speak under the impulse of personal feeling, and only employs words which God had himself authorized, so that this ...Read More

  • Idolatry and Restoration

    Psalm 78:40–66

    Though much of the focus of today’s passage is on the failure of the Israelites due to idolatry, we can find greatly encouraging the concluding note of hope in which God arises to rescue His people. Even when the covenant ...Read More

  • Remembering Who We Are

    Luke 17:7–10

    When we enter the presence of the Lord, we must remember that we are sinners and have merited only the righteous wrath of our Creator. Thus, we should come before Him in a spirit of repentance, with sorrow for sin ...Read More

  • God’s Fixed and Enduring Word

    Psalm 119:89–96

    God’s steadfastness is seen clearly as He preserves His Word in the community of His people. Even in the days when God’s truth seems to be the last concern of the church, there is always a faithful remnant that is ...Read More

  • The Divine and Davidic Throne

    Psalm 45:1-9

    What are we to look for in a godly leader? Are we to find someone who simply wants to get the job done even if it means steamrolling the people under him? The answer is no. If even the Davidic ...Read More

  • God’s Glory in Creation

    Psalm 29

    Many people in this world profess to be atheists, denying that God exists because they say there is insufficient evidence for a Creator. We know, however, that there is no such thing as a true atheist. The created order itself ...Read More

  • Pursuing Contentment

    Ecclesiastes 4:4-6

    Continually striving after more out of envy for one’s neighbor is a foolish endeavor. To do so, Ecclesiastes 3:6 says, is to strive after wind. After all, we cannot take our possessions with us. They are fleeting and impermanent ...Read More

  • God and King

    Psalm 21

    James 1:5–8 contains the incredible promise that the Lord will give wisdom to all who sincerely ask Him for it in faith. Ultimately, Christ is our wisdom, and He will never cast out anyone who comes to Him ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Wisdom Literature

    Micah 5:1-9

    Scripture tells us again and again that God delights to humble those who have exalted themselves and exalt those who have humbled themselves. His choice of Bethlehem is an example of this principle. The Lord chose a small, overlooked town ...Read More

  • Conceived in the Womb of the Virgin

    Isaiah 7:14

    J. Gresham Machen argued that the denial of the virgin birth of Jesus is usually a precursor to denying the other supernatural elements of the faith. Though some try to deny the virgin birth and still affirm such supernatural events ...Read More

  • Walking with the Wise

    Proverbs 13:20

    Judas Iscariot walked with the very incarnation of God’s wisdom Himself, and yet he fell into grave sin. This shows that simply hanging around wise people is not enough to benefit from them. Instead, as we seek out wise friends ...Read More

  • God’s Call to Kiss His Son

    Psalm 2:7-12

    It is not difficult to get people to say nice things about Jesus when the only Jesus they know is the gentle Jesus of popular culture who makes no demands on anyone. That is not the Jesus of Scripture. We ...

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  • Opposing the Lord’s Annointed

    Psalm 2:1-6

    The Westminster Shorter Catechism says that Christ executes the office of king by “subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies” (Q&A 26). All who oppose this work do so in vain. He will conquer the hearts of His elect, drawing them all to Himself. He will defeat His enemies and ours. He is the mighty King and Lord of all, and we need not fear anything if we are in Him.

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