• The Heavenly Mount Zion

    Revelation 21

    We must always read the Old Testament in light of the new covenant revelation in Christ Jesus, the final Word of God to His people (Heb. 1:1–4). The nations have begun to go up to the temple of ...Read More

  • Herod Slays the Children

    Matthew 2:16–18

    That the majority of Jews had not fulfilled the condition of repentance necessary for restoration (Jer. 29:10–14) when the Son of God became incarnate demonstrates that the fundamental problem for Israel was not Gentile domination but rather the ...Read More

  • Hezekiah’s Failure

    Isaiah 39

    One commentator notes how Hezekiah’s failure shows the importance of a life of obedience. If we trust God only when we are in dire straits, like Hezekiah was with Sennacherib, but forget Him when things are good, then we are ...Read More

  • The Holy City

    Ezekiel 48

    The New Testament makes it clear that we are living in the period of restoration when God is calling His children back to Himself. Jews and Gentiles alike are hearing the gospel and running to Him in faith. Each of ...Read More

  • Hosea Redeems His Wife

    Hosea 2:14–3:5

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “All who are sincerely devoted to God are betrothed to him; God will love them, protect them, and provide for them. The covenant itself shall be inviolable: God will not break it on his ...Read More

  • Hosea, the Son of Beeri

    Hosea 1:1–3

    The imagery of God as the husband of His covenant people—His bride—is pervasive in Scripture (Isa. 62:5; Rev. 19:6–10). It is a picture of great intimacy and tenderness, conveying the deep love that the Lord ...Read More

  • Immanuel

    Matthew 1:22–25

    The fulfillment of prophecy in Jesus can only be understood if we first understand the meaning and application of the prophetic word for its original audience. In this case, Jesus fulfills or “fills up” the word of Isaiah because He ...Read More

  • The Importance of Prophecy

    Mark 13:1-23

    Prophecy is important. It shows God’s control over history, in that what He predicts does come to pass. Take care not to “throw the baby out with the bath water” when rightly rejecting the fantasies of some prophecy teachers today.Read More

  • Jehoiakim Burns the Word of God

    Jeremiah 36

    Jehoiakim tried to destroy the Word of God, showing the hardheartedness of king and people that made the exile inevitable. He was not the first ruler to try and destroy the Bible, and he would not be the last. But ...Read More

  • Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet

    Jeremiah 1:1–8

    Jeremiah 1:1–8 has much to say to us theologically. First, that God formed Jeremiah in the womb affirms that human beings are made in the Lord’s image from the earliest stages of development and worthy of protection from ...Read More

  • Jeremiah Versus Hananiah

    Jeremiah 28

    Jeremiah evaluates Hananiah’s message in today’s passage according to the true prophets who had preceded him. This is essentially the practice of sola Scriptura in an old covenant context. Like Jeremiah, we are to evaluate teachers based on what God ...Read More

  • Jerusalem without Boundaries

    Zechariah 2

    Part of the assurance given to God’s people in today’s passage is that we are “the apple of his eye” (Zech. 2:8). The Lord loves us so deeply and thoroughly that He will not let those who impenitently rise ...Read More

  • Joel and the Locust Invasion

    Joel 1

    The Lord is not presently speaking in such a way as to tell us the reasons for every disaster; thus, we cannot with certainty identify any natural disaster today as His direct judgment on sin. Yet Scripture says natural disasters ...Read More

  • John Cries in the Wilderness

    Matthew 3:1–3

    John the Baptist was the primary herald of Christ in his day, but the task of bearing witness to the Savior was not laid solely upon him. Jesus Himself commissioned first the apostles, and secondly, the entire church to testify ...Read More

  • John’s Message and Baptism

    Matthew 3:5-6

    We will talk about the kingdom and its coming over the course of our study this year. For now, note that God’s kingdom did not come with military force, as was popularly expected, but in the life, death, and ...Read More