• The Limits of God’s Patience

    Amos 4

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “How little the pretense of good intention avails with God, which hypocrites ever bring forward.” The ancient Israelites thought that the Lord would be patient with their evil as long as they worshipped ...Read More

  • The Little Apocalypse

    Isaiah 24

    The final judgment in today’s chapter was predicted to come after the exile of Israel and Judah. We live on the other side of this exile, though the New Testament does not foresee it coming to its full and ...Read More

  • The Loincloth and Jars of Wine

    Jeremiah 13

    God made us in His image, so He knows how best to instruct us. That is why we should pay careful attention when we see the visible words He has given us performed. Baptism tells us that those who have ...Read More

  • The Lord Returns to His Temple

    Ezekiel 43:1–12

    The various elements of Ezekiel’s vision in today’s passage are not meant to be taken in an absolutely literal sense, so we are not surprised that there is no record of the glory cloud returning to the post-exilic ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Wayward Wife

    Hosea 1

    In likening idolatry to adultery, the Lord actually gives us a powerful motivation to remain faithful to His covenant. We would never want to go through the pain that would be inflicted upon us if our spouses were to betray ...Read More

  • The Lord Watches over His Word

    Jeremiah 1:11–19

    God said to Jeremiah, “They shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you” (Jer. 1:19). This promise was not just for Jeremiah, but it is for all the faithful servants of ...Read More

  • The LORD Will Be King

    Zechariah 14:1–9

    John Calvin writes, “Nothing indeed can be more blessed than to live under the reign of God; and this highest happiness is ever promised to the faithful.” Because human beings rebel against God, however, His reign is not always acknowledged ...Read More

  • The Master Teacher

    Luke 24:13-15

    We’re warned in Scripture not to allow our hearts to become cold. The hearing of the Word should cause our hearts to burn as we see the sweetness of God. Take your spiritual temperature today. Is your heart warm ...Read More

  • The Messiah’s Kingdom

    Genesis 49:13

    Ambrose of Milan comments on today’s passage, saying Jesus “is the Lord by nature but a brother by grace” (The Patriarchs, 4.17). God is not a person with whom contact is impossible; He is not “wholly other.” Without ...Read More

  • The Move to Nazareth

    Matthew 2:19–2

    Understanding how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament means that we have to look at more than just isolated verses and proof-texts. As Matthew 2:23 indicates, the apostles teach that Jesus fulfills the broad themes, ideas, and stories found throughout ...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 New Covenant

    Jeremiah 31:31–40

    John Calvin writes, “God speaks to us now openly, as it were face to face, and not under a veil, as Paul teaches us, when speaking of Moses, who put on a veil when he went forth to address the ...Read More

  • The New Heavens and Earth

    Isaiah 65:17–20

    If we were asked to give a simple one-sentence summary of Christian eschatology, this would certainly suffice: God is going to make all things right. That includes even the physical world. The Lord will fully transform all things, renewing them ...Read More

  • The New Jerusalem

    Revelation 21:9–27

    We make real progress in holiness in this life as the Holy Spirit sanctifies us and conforms us to the image of Christ. However, we still await the Lord’s return in order for us to be fully perfected in ...Read More

  • The Priestly Branch on the Throne

    Zechariah 6:9-15

    John Calvin writes that today’s passage must refer to “the building of the spiritual temple, when Gentiles, formerly remote from God’s people, joined them as friends, and brought their labor to the work of building the temple, not ...Read More