• Holy Ground Article by T. Desmond Alexander

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2013

    Of the rich variety of books that make up the Bible, the book of Exodus is unique in providing a micro-picture of the larger biblical story of salvation. Exodus describes how God brings estranged people into a personal relationship with Himself. The motif of knowing God permeates the book of Exodus. Although at the outset God appears far removed from the plight of the oppressed Israelites, He is well aware of their suffering. As the victims of forced labor and genocide, dehumanized and exploited by their captors, the Israelites cry out to God for help (Ex. 2:23). Fully conscious … View Resource

  • Israel’s Creed Article by Bryan Estelle

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2013

    The Shema begins with these words: “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Deut. 6:4). The verbal imperative that begins this core affirmation for the Hebrews breaks forth from the text like a rosy dawn. Interestingly, the same appeal, “Hear, O Israel,” introduces the recounting of the Decalogue that begins in Deuteronomy 5:1. This indicates the significance of the utterance. Among the 5,845 verses in the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible), this creedal statement is definitely a keynote, as demonstrated by the significant roles this confession of faith subsequently played … View Resource

  • One Lord Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2013

    Eighteen years ago, my jaw figuratively dropped to the floor as I sat in the first Old Testament course of my academic career. I attended a secular university, so I did not expect much true biblical teaching. However, I had hope the Scriptures would be treated fairly because my professor was an Orthodox Jew. You can imagine my surprise, then, when my professor said faithful ancient Israelites did not deny the existence of other gods. They worshiped Yahweh above the rest of the gods, he said, but they believed those gods were real. Liberal “highercritical” circles accept as dogma my … View Resource

  • Glory Article by John Currid

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2011

    In Exodus 33, we witness an intimate discourse between God and Moses. Within this divine human dialogue, Moses makes an odd request: “Moses said, ‘Please show me your glory.’ And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name “The LORD.” And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy’” (vv. 18–19). What exactly is Moses asking of God when he requests to see His “glory”? And how do we understand God’s answer to Moses’ question? Moses’ … View Resource

  • Rejoice with Trembling Article by John Piper

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011 | Psalms 2

    Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Ps. 2:11–12) Serve the Lord with fear… This command does not cancel out Psalm 100:2: “Serve the Lord with gladness.” Serving the Lord with fear and serving the Lord with gladness do not contradict each other. The next phrase from this selection will make that plain (“rejoice with trembling”). There is real fear and real joy. The reason there is … View Resource

  • The Precious Gift of Baby Talk Article by John Piper

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2011

    Human language is precious. It sets us off from the animals. It makes our most sophisticated scientific discoveries and our deepest emotions sharable. Above all, God chose to reveal Himself to us through human language in the Bible. In the fullness of time, He spoke to us by His Son (Heb. 1:1–2), and that Son spoke human language. In like manner, He sent His Spirit to lead His apostles into all truth so that they could tell the story of the Son in human language. Without this story in human language, we would not know the Son. Therefore, human language … View Resource

  • God is Light Article by Ken Jones

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2010

    Few things in the created order have been as instructive for the human race as the concept of light or the contrast between light and darkness. As helpful and healthy as actual light sources are, our dependence on the concept of light as a suitable metaphor for much of the human experience almost rivals our dependence on the real thing. The light/darkness contrast is used with great facility in both verbal and visual communication to convey the importance and benefits of knowledge, ideas, and technology (light), and the disadvantage of being without these things, that is, to be in … View Resource

  • The Creator God Article by Nevin Mawhinney

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2006

    And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant…every tree…every beast…every bird…to everything that creeps on the earth…every green plant for food.’ And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:29–31). God’s goodness stems from His character and extends to His creation. In His goodness, God didn’t just create the universe and let it go (as the deists would argue); rather, He preserves, nourishes, and cares for His creation. In the same way, He did not leave man to his own devices. He made man in … View Resource