• God’s Jealousy for Zion

    Zechariah 8:1-15

    God has promised to bring full restoration in the new heavens and earth. This is an unconditional promise—it is certain to happen no matter what individual men and women do. Yet this does not mean that all men and women ...Read More

  • God’s Servants the Prophets

    Amos 3:1-8

    The imagery of Amos 3:3–8 indicates that Amos had a message that was so true and sure that he had to proclaim it. He saw disaster coming and had to implore Israel to repent that the Lord’s wrath might be ...Read More

  • God’s Servant, the Branch

    Zechariah 3:6-10

    Just as Solomon and Zerubbabel, sons of David, built God’s temple during the old covenant period, so does Jesus Christ, the final Son of David, build God’s temple today during the new covenant period. Unlike the temple of old, however, ...Read More

  • God Will Swallow up Death Forever

    Isaiah 25

    Paul tells us that “the last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:26) because he recognizes that death continues to plague creation even though Christ dealt it a mortal blow by His own death and resurrection. Death still ...Read More

  • God Withdraws His Revelation

    Amos 8

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage about God’s withdrawal of His Word: “When we abuse God’s bounty, our ingratitude deserves this recompense.” God is long-suffering and kind, but He will not forever send His Word to people who will not ...Read More

  • Gog and Magog

    Ezekiel 38

    Given the symbolism of the passage, we must see it not only as a prediction of the final battle between God and the enemies of His people but also a vision of the encounter between new covenant Israel—the church—and the ...Read More

  • Hearing What we Want to Hear

    Micah 2

    Leaders continue to take advantage of the nations they are supposed to serve, using the legal system to their advantage at the expense of the powerless. In the United States, we see this all the time when unscrupulous businessmen lobby ...Read More

  • 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 the Lord ...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 presence of ...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

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