• Oaths and Idolatry

    Deuteronomy 6:13

    The principle that we are not to make oaths in the name of anyone but God alone is a powerful reminder of the sanctity of God’s name. When we use the Lord’s name in vain, we are attributing ...Read More

  • The King’s Glorious Bride

    Psalm 45:10-17

    Believers are concerned to mortify sin and grow in holiness, so it is easy to become discouraged when we feel like we are failing in this task and are struggling against the sins that seem to overpower us. If you ...Read More

  • The Vanity of Political Power

    Ecclesiastes 4:13-16

    Over the centuries, understanding the fleeting nature of political power has helped the church to stand firm in the midst of persecution. When one understands that the rulers of this earth have influence and might only temporarily but that God ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Wisdom Literature

    Psalm 1

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “God is only rightly served when his law is obeyed. It is not left to every man to frame a system of religion according to his own judgment, but the standard of godliness ...Read More

  • God Highly Exalted

    Psalm 113

    God’s choice to raise the poor and needy from the dust to sit with royalty does not mean He does not do the same for the wealthy. In light of the entire witness of Scripture, we understand that the ...Read More

  • The Wisdom of Job

    Job 42

    Wise people maintain the distinction between Creator and creature, recognizing that there are some matters where God has chosen to remain silent. They respect the Lord’s decision and do not try to speak where He has not spoken. They ...Read More

  • Psalms

    Psalm 51

    One of the first manifestations of ungodly wisdom occurred in the garden of Eden just after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Instead of turning to the Lord, our first parents hid from Him. That is not the model ...Read More

  • The Value of the Old Testament

    Romans 15:4

    Certain books and passages of Scripture have played greater roles in the history of theology than others; thus, it’s no surprise that some portions of the Bible are read more often than others. However, we must not make the ...Read More

  • The Prophetic Hope Fulfilled

    Luke 1:5–17

    John the Baptist was the last prophet of the old covenant even though his story is told in what we commonly call the New Testament. Jesus tells us that John was the greatest prophet of the old covenant, but greater ...Read More

  • The Coming Day of the LORD

    Malachi 4

    The hardest thing about the life of faith is that the Lord often seems slow to keep His promises. Sometimes we feel like we must wait, wait, and then wait some more for God to intervene. Faith, however, trusts that ...Read More

  • Problems in Post-Exilic Judah

    Malachi 2

    Scripture tells us that marrying someone who does not share the beliefs of the covenant community leads to trouble. For example, Solomon’s marriages to pagan women led him astray and gave paganism a foothold in Israel (1 Kings 11 ...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

  • 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

  • The Nations Cling to the Jews

    Zechariah 8:16-23

    Only Christ can keep God’s covenant perfectly, which is why His righteousness is the only thing that avails for our justification, for being declared righteous in God’s sight. Having justified us, the Lord expects obedience out of gratitude ...Read More

  • The Priest with Filthy Garments

    Zechariah 3:1-5

    Matthew Henry comments: “Christ loathed the filthiness of Joshua’s garments, yet did not put him away, but put them away. Thus God by his grace does with those whom he chooses to be priests to himself; he parts between ...Read More