• The Promised Land

    Deuteronomy 8:7–10

    In Romans 1:18–32, Paul locates humanity’s most basic sin in our refusal as fallen creatures to honor God “or give thanks to him.” Lack of gratitude for all of God’s blessings is the first step toward idolatry, and the more ...Read More

  • Promised Land Denied

    Hebrews 3:18–19

    When Jesus says “if you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15), He points out the close connection between belief and obedience. Because Jesus is God, His commandments are found from Genesis 1 all the way to Revelation ...Read More

  • The Prophet-Mediator

    Deuteronomy 18:15–22

    Christ our mediator is the perfect bridge between God and human beings because He is both truly God and truly man. Thus, He cannot fail to reconcile to His Father all who trust in Him alone for salvation. If you ...Read More

  • The Prophet Who Incarnates God’s Word

    John 1:1–18

    There are many people who think they can have Jesus without having Scripture in their hearts and minds. But that is not possible. We need all of Scripture in order to have Jesus, for all of Scripture reveals something of ...Read More

  • Refuse Him Not

    Hebrews 12:25

    John Owen writes that not refusing Him who speaks “is a command to believe and obey God. Anything less than this is refusing him who speaks. It is not enough to give a hearing, as we say, unless we also ...Read More

  • Regulations for Worship

    Hebrews 9:1–5

    Although it is not emphasized here, the Bible makes it clear that Jesus is the true Temple of God. Just as God dwelt with His people in the temple under the old covenant, He has dwelt among us in the ...Read More

  • The Rejected Cornerstone

    Mark 12:10–12

    It is easy for us to be discouraged when we see the enemies of God seem to prevail against us and against the church. But the parable of the tenants, as well as many other biblical passages, tells us that ...Read More

  • A Required Reckoning

    Genesis 9:5–7

    John Calvin writes in his commentary on today’s passage: “No one can be injurious to his brother without wounding God himself.” As we have seen already, how we treat others reveals what we really think of the Lord (James 3:5b–10). ...Read More

  • Resembling the Son

    Hebrews 7:2–3

    In comparing Christ to Melchizedek it can be easy to think that the primary focus is on how Christ resembles Melchizedek. But in 7:3 we are told that it is Melchizedek who resembles Christ. As you seek to emulate the ...Read More

  • Rest for God’s People

    Hebrews 4:9–10

    Just like the possession of Canaan, the weekly Sabbath is a type of the rest to come. As we set aside time weekly to enjoy the Lord by worshiping Him, we anticipate the eternal Sabbath worship to come. When you ...Read More

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