• The Sixth Commandment

    Exodus 20:13

    Ephesians 4:26 tells us that there are times when we may be righteously angry, but distinguishing this from the kind of malice forbidden in the sixth commandment can be quite difficult. We must be cautious when we find ourselves ...Read More

  • The Joyful Noise of Trumpets

    Psalm 98

    Paul tells us that God will judge us according to our righteousness on that last day (Rom. 2:1–11). Yet if we depend on our own works that day, all hope will be lost for us. Instead, we must ...Read More

  • The Days of Purim

    Esther 9

    In our darkest hours, when all seems to be against us, we can be confident that we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:37). He has purchased our final redemption and will finally destroy all His (and ...Read More

  • Courageous Esther

    Esther 4

    Though the Lord is always working for our good (Rom. 8:28), most times we cannot discern how His providence will work things out. We must often make decisions when there seems to be no good option or when God ...Read More

  • A City Offered Up to God

    Deuteronomy 13:12–18

    The church is not permitted to take up the sword against idolaters today, but the destruction of pagan cities in ancient Israel shows us how seriously God takes idolatry. We should be moved when we see others committing idolatry and ...Read More

  • A Sworn Oath to David

    Psalm 110

    We do not serve a king who is far off and unacquainted with our creaturely state. Rather, we have a Priest-King who has shared the human condition and has experienced the things we have experienced, albeit without sin (Heb. 2 ...Read More

  • Melchizedek Blesses Abraham

    Genesis 14:17–20

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “The same Person, therefore, who was constituted the only and eternal Priest, in order that he might reconcile us to God, and who, having made expiation, might intercede for us, is also a ...Read More

  • The Levitical Priests

    Jeremiah 33:17–18

    Even on those occasions when God does not reveal conditions explicitly, we can be sure that His ultimate blessings work through the means of our faith and repentance. This faith and repentance is not something we create but is rather ...Read More

  • Special Garments for Aaron

    Exodus 28

    God was never meant to dwell permanently in a house but to dwell within His people. In becoming incarnate, in “tabernacling” among us as the Greek of John 1:14 may be translated, the eternal Son of God came to ...Read More

  • The Ark and the City

    Jeremiah 6:6–30

    The Lord is slow to anger, and He is gracious and merciful, but we can never take advantage of that fact. True, there is no condemnation if we are in Christ, but that does not mean we will not feel ...Read More

  • The Ark of the Covenant

    Exodus 25:10–22

    Blood and the mercy seat typified the final cleansing that would be achieved through the shed blood of Christ (Heb. 10:1–18). Because of this blood we can now meet with the Lord in worship just as the high ...Read More

  • A New Most Holy Place

    Ezekiel 41:1–4

    What Ezekiel saw in a vision we now see in reality as the kingdom of God spreads across the earth and people from every tribe and tongue are set apart to be priests (1 Peter 2:9). The turning of ...Read More

  • Pride and Prayer

    2 Chronicles 26:16–23

    We are always to be humble servants of the Lord, coming before Him in prayer boldly (Heb. 10:19–22) not on account of what we have done but knowing that such access has been to granted to us in ...Read More

  • The Altar of Incense

    Exodus 30:1–10

    Only authorized incense could be offered on the altar (Ex. 30:9), which shows that God is zealous to determine how He is worshiped. In fact, the Lord hates the worship and prayers of all those who do not approach ...Read More

  • David and Ahimelech

    1 Samuel 21:1–9

    The letter of the Law is not unimportant, but it can never be followed at the expense of the spirit of the Law. This can be difficult and is fraught with peril, for it can be easy to claim to ...Read More