• 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

  • The Cords of Sin

    Proverbs 5:22-23

    Romans 2:5 indicates that the impenitent are storing up wrath for themselves, wrath that they will feel in its most intense form on that final day when God judges the living and the dead. Remembering this truth will help ...Read More

  • The Common End of Man and Beast

    Ecclesiastes 3:18-22

    Knowing that we will die just like the beasts, when viewed in the proper context, frees us not to take ourselves too seriously. Death is the great leveler, bringing the end to influence of king and commoner alike. This does ...Read More

  • The Fully Right Time

    Galatians 4:4-5

    As we consider the coming of the Messiah over the next few days, it will be vital for us to remember that the story of Jesus is real history and took place in space and time. Scripture will not allow ...Read More

  • A Longing for God’s Word

    Psalm 119:17–24

    Persevering in affection for God’s law is difficult when we suffer for loving His Word, but such perseverance is the only way that we will keep ourselves in His Word and find the blessing of wisdom and guidance. We ...Read More

  • God’s Word in the Heart

    Psalm 119:9-16

    When we have the Word of God hidden in our hearts, we are equipped to resist temptation because we are better able to discern what is truly good from that which is not good or edifying. We also acquire the ...Read More

  • Ecclesiastes and Solomon’s Song

    Ecclesiastes 12:14

    Ultimately, all of the Wisdom Books make one point: that life without God is meaningless and that only He can understand the creation fully and finally. The only way for us to find true wisdom of eternal significance is to ...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

  • Proverbs

    Proverbs 26

    The pair of proverbial sayings chosen for today’s passage shows us that many of these statements from the book of Proverbs are situation-specific. Sometimes a fool cannot be silenced by responding in kind, and at that point one must ...Read More

  • Parallelism

    Proverbs 10:1

    Understanding how the different biblical genres work will help us avoid misinterpretation, thereby improving our ability to find the wisdom that God is showing us in His Word. Our Creator commends the careful study of His Word (2 Tim. 2 ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Wisdom Literature

    Proverbs 1:1-7

    James 1:5-8 contains the incredible promise that the Lord will give wisdom to all who sincerely ask Him for it in faith. Ultimately, Christ is our wisdom, and He will never cast out anyone who comes to Him by ...Read More

  • Paul’s Concluding Doxology

    Romans 16:25-26

    Note that in today’s passage, those whom the preaching of Jesus Christ will strengthen are the Roman Christians—men and women who are already believers. God not only brings His people to faith through the preaching of the gospel ...Read More

  • Satan Crushed Under Our Feet

    Romans 16:20

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that this promise refers not only to the last day when the final victory over Satan will be consummated, but also to the present era. God often defeats our enemies on this side ...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