• Unfaithful Children

    Hosea 1:4–11

    One commentator has pointed out that Hosea likely endured much grief because of the names of his children. Every time an Israelite spoke to No Mercy and Not My People, he would have been reminded of the prophet’s words ...Read More

  • Vain Priestly Offerings

    Malachi 1:6–14

    God wants all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength in all that we do, but particularly in the case of worship. If we are not endeavoring to worship according to His commands and with the right intent, it would ...Read More

  • Vengeance on Amalek

    1 Samuel 15:1-9

    God is indeed patient and longsuffering. And yet, each day His patience comes to an end for many who rebel against Him. Their lives end and they are lost. We are called to tell unbelievers that they are trying the ...Read More

  • Water from the Rock

    Exodus 17:1–7

    Read carefully 1 Corinthians 10:1–13. What does Paul say we should learn from the example of the Israelites in the wilderness? It is easy to ignore these examples because we often think that we would never act that ...Read More

  • When Good and Evil are Confused

    Isaiah 5:8-30

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “If a woe is here pronounced even on private individuals, when they say of evil that it is good, and of good that it is evil, how much more on those who have ...Read More

  • When the Mighty Fall

    2 Samuel 1

    God declares in Scripture that He takes no joy in the death of the wicked (Ezek. 33:11), and neither should we. Like David in his mourning for Saul, we must see the deaths of unbelievers for what they are ...Read More

  • Wisdom and Life

    Proverbs 3:13–18

    Our forebears rejected God’s wisdom in Eden, but in His grace He has made a way for mankind to feast on the treasures of Christ so that we might eat from the Tree of Life forevermore. All of us ...Read More

  • Wisdom Literature

    Proverbs 9:10

    To what end do you pursue knowledge? Is your desire just knowledge for the sake of knowledge, or do you seek wisdom in order to live a life coram Deo, before the face of God, pleasing to Him? Consider the ...Read More

  • Worship in Jerusalem

    Zechariah 14:10–21

    When Christ returns to consummate history, there will be no one left who tries to rely on his own efforts or foreign gods for redemption. Even those who are finally cast into hell will be forced to acknowledge that He ...Read More

  • Zechariah Sees a New Lampstand

    Zechariah 4

    At first, Zechariah had trouble understanding his vision, so he asked for divine guidance. From this we should learn, writes John Calvin, that “there is therefore no doubt but that the Lord will supply us also with understanding, when we ...Read More