• Sin’s Reality and the Ideal

    Philemon 8

    As today’s study shows, understanding the cultural background of a passage in Scripture is important to figuring out why an author says what he says. In turn, as we hope to show in future studies, knowing this historical context also ...Read More

  • Solomon Anointed King

    1 Kings 1:28–53

    James 4:17 tells us that when we know the right thing to do and fail to do it, we have sinned. Sometimes it can be hard to do the right thing, but failing to do the right thing because of ...Read More

  • Solomon Builds His Palace

    1 Kings 6:37–7:12

    Like Solomon, we are apt to get distracted and focus more on our own concerns than on the Lord and His worship. Remaining sin means we will fall short in putting God first until we are glorified, and thanks be ...Read More

  • Solomon Builds the Temple

    2 Chronicles 3

    Matthew Henry points to the carved cherubim in today’s passage, encouraging us with the hope that “the thought that we are worshiping him before whom the angels cover their faces will help to inspire us with reverence in all our ...Read More

  • Solomon Prepares for the Temple

    1 Kings 5

    One commentator notes that confidence in God’s promise propels us forward in service to the Lord’s kingdom. When we are convinced that the Lord will be true to His Word, we are strengthened to undertake even the most arduous of ...Read More

  • Solomon’s Great Wisdom

    1 Kings 3

    When Solomon asked God for wisdom, the Lord answered his prayer. But God desires to give wisdom not only to His kings but to all of His people. If we ask for wisdom in faith, believing God’s promise to give ...Read More

  • Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

    2 Chronicles 6:12–42

    God cannot be confined to a particular space, but He does meet with His people in particular spaces. When we gather for worship, the Lord meets with us, and we enjoy His presence. It is fitting to build church sanctuaries ...Read More

  • Solomon’s Wise Request

    1 Kings 3:1–15

    Solomon’s life illustrates the need to persevere in the wisdom of God. Of course, all those who have truly put their faith in His promises through Christ will not die bereft of this wisdom and thus, salvation; but the way ...Read More

  • Son of Man

    Daniel 7:9–14

    Given the original context of Daniel 7, the title “Son of Man” is indeed fitting for the Son of God who became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ. He is already sitting at the right hand of His Father, ...Read More

  • Sons for Rachel

    Genesis 30:1–13

    John Calvin writes, “Moses, by exhibiting this evil in Rachel, would teach us that it is inherent in all: in order that each of us, tearing it up by the roots, may vigilantly purify himself from it.” Thankfully, the Lord ...Read More

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