• Work on the Temple Ceases

    Ezra 4

    Until the Lord casts all His enemies into the lake of fire, His foes will try to destroy His works. God’s people today, therefore, can expect opposition when they are serving Him and being used to build His kingdom, just ...Read More

  • Rebuilding the Temple

    Ezra 3

    Zechariah 4:10, addressed originally to the returned exiles, says that those who despised the small things of the new temple would rejoice. This implies that we should not despise what seem to be “small” moves of God, for from small ...Read More

  • A New Day for God’s People

    Ezra 1

    The Lord is not bound to act in ways that we might expect, but in His sovereignty He is free to use whatever tool He chooses—even unbelievers—to accomplish His purposes. When God does this, He does not necessarily approve of ...Read More

  • Contrition

    Psalm 51:14–19

    Sometimes our sorrow is like that of a child who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar—we are sorry that we are in trouble but not sorry for offending the Lord’s holiness. In our repentance, we must always ...Read More

  • Is Confronting Unloving?

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  • Whom Our Sin Offends

    Psalm 51:4

    We are often quick to feel bad about hurting other people when we sin against them. How quick are we, however, to feel sorrow for sinning against God when we have sinned against others? If we must apologize to another ...Read More

  • Repentance Required

    Matthew 7:21–23

    Repentance and faith can be distinguished but they cannot be separated. Saving faith is a repentant faith, and authentic repentance is repentance that trusts in Christ. Daily as we follow the Savior, we should be grieving our sin, asking for ...Read More

  • A Glimmer of Hope for Judah

    2 Kings 25:22–30

    The hope for Judah found in today’s passage is faint, to be sure. Jehoiachin was still in exile even if he held an exalted place there. Nevertheless, his exaltation was a true indication that better days were ahead for Judah. ...Read More

  • God’’s Appeal to His People

    2 Chronicles 36:11–21

    Matthew Henry comments, “The methods God takes to reclaim sinners by his word, by ministers, by conscience, by providences, are all instances of his compassion towards them and his unwillingness that any should perish.” The Lord is quick to show ...Read More

  • Jerusalem Captured

    2 Kings 24:18–25:21

    The Lord is patient and often delays His judgment for what seems to be a long time. Thus, people often think His judgment is never coming. As Christians, we do not fear eternal punishment, yet the Lord’s patience with us ...Read More

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