• Achan’s Sin at Ai

    Joshua 7

    None of us should think that our private sins will not have an effect on others. Persistent, impenitent, serious sin can bring shame on the church and mar its holiness. This is one reason why we must be quick to ...Read More

  • At War with Benjamin

    Judges 20

    God’s patience and kindness are meant to lead His people to repentance (Rom. 2:4). It is easy, however, to take the Lord’s patience as a sign that He does not care about sin. We dare not do that. The Lord ...Read More

  • Ehud and Eglon

    Judges 3:12–30

    Eglon was defeated in a humiliating fashion, which shows us the seriousness with which God takes those who exalt themselves against Him and His people. The Lord laughs and holds His foes in derision (Ps. 2:4), and He was unafraid ...Read More

  • The Fall of Jericho

    Joshua 6

    God has called His people into a spiritual battle, which we must fight according to God’s ways. If we follow our own strategies, we will surely fail, but the Lord will bless us when we fight according to the means ...Read More

  • God-Breathed Scripture

    2 Timothy 3:16

    The process of biblical inspiration is mysterious, for we do not know exactly how God moved the human authors of Scripture to give us His Word. Nevertheless, we know that Scripture is the Word of God, and so it can ...Read More

  • God’s Consuming Glory

    Exodus 33:17–23

    That God in His glory is a consuming fire should shape us in many ways. It should make us more reverent in worship and more humble in prayer, for the God with whom we deal is not to be trifled ...Read More

  • God’s Initiative in Justification

    Titus 3:4–6

    God uses Word and sacrament, according to His good pleasure, to create and sustain faith in His elect. We will benefit from God’s promises only by faith, so merely hearing God’s Word preached and receiving baptism and the Lord’s Supper ...Read More

  • The Israelites Conquer Ai

    Joshua 8:1–29

    Being a member of the visible covenant community does not mean that one will necessarily escape God’s curse. God will destroy His enemies, and His enemies include those who profess to follow Him and yet do not come to saving ...Read More

  • Israel Sinfully Demands a King

    1 Samuel 8

    The Bible tells us that God will often hand people over to sin when they pursue what they should not pursue. He did this when His people sinfully demanded a king in the days of Samuel, giving them King Saul, ...Read More

  • Manasseh’s Reign of Terror

    2 Kings 21:1–18

    Manasseh’s example is a warning to us not to presume upon the grace of God. The Lord is slow to anger and exceedingly patient, but if we take advantage of this patience by remaining in our sin, we can expect ...Read More

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