• Job’s First Lament

    Job 3

    It is all too easy to slip from an honest and righteous questioning of God’s ways to an implicit denial that what He has done is right and good. By definition, all that God does is good, so we cannot ...Read More

  • Job’s Hope of Resurrection

    Job 19:25–27

    When it looks as if injustice will prevail and we will never be vindicated for serving the Lord faithfully, the sure hope of resurrection and judgment remind us that all will be set right. We can look forward with assurance ...Read More

  • Job’s Trials Intensify

    Job 2

    God is sovereign and we are not. All things are from Him, through Him, and to Him, as Paul says in Romans 11:36. Therefore, everything that He does is for the sake of revealing Himself and His glory. It is ...Read More

  • Josiah’s Final Battle

    2 Chronicles 35:20–27

    Josiah was not a perfect man, but in the main he was obedient to the Lord. Therefore, he was regarded as a righteous king. As we live lives of faith and obedience, we can likewise be called righteous, even as ...Read More

  • Joy and Strength

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  • The Joy of God’s Law

    Psalm 119:105–112

    We must be diligent to fight against sin, putting it to death for the sake of our very lives (Rom. 6:13). However, we cannot fight against sin unless God has already brought us to spiritual life, which can never be ...Read More

  • Justice for Ish-Bosheth

    2 Samuel 4

    Matthew Henry warns us about those who “under color of religion, murder princes, break solemn contracts, lay countries waste, hate their brethren, and cast them out.” The murderers of Ish-bosheth used the pretense of service to the king to do ...Read More

  • The Justice of God’s Choice

    Romans 5:15–17

    We must take our standards for justice from what God says and not from our own arbitrary opinions. If God says something is just, it is just. Of course, the Lord is not arbitrary about this. Justice is grounded in ...Read More

  • Justification and Sin

    Romans 4:6–8

    Nothing can change the fact that we have sinned. But what can change is our status before God’s judgment seat. In justification, our sin and guilt are removed and we are covered by Christ’s obedience, enabling God to declare us ...Read More

  • The Just Mercy of the Lord

    Ezekiel 18

    God does not visit the sins of our parents upon us if we repent and turn from them. That is, we only bear the wages of our parents’ sins if we make these sins our own. The Lord is pleased ...Read More

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