The Desires of our Heart

“Take pleasure in Yahweh; And He will give to you the petitions of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)   Recently, I my wife was listening to a popular Christian radio station in our area and I heard, during one of the breaks between songs, a commentator saying, “God wants to give you your heart’s desires…” Ultimately… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 1)

“A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah” (Psalm 63:1 {superscript in English Bibles})   It is always helpful when psalms contain superscripts, which can introduce for us the context and the historical setting of the psalm (remembering that in the Hebrew Bible, the superscripts are part of the inspired text). … Read More

A Broken Spirit and Crushed Heart: Psalm 51 (part 18)

“The sacrifices of God are a spirit that is broken and a heart that is broken and crushed— O God, these you will not despise. (Psalm 51:19 {Psalm 51:17 in English Bibles})   There are two ways in which we can look at David’s statement about the “sacrifices of God.”  The first way is the… Read More

My Sin is Before Me: Psalm 51 (part 4)

“For my transgressions I know, and my sin is continually before me.” (Psalm 51:5  [Psalm 51:3 in English Bibles])   David switches gear from using the emphatic chiastic structure to a simple parallel structure—even so, we will not lose the clear emphasis of what he is communicating.  Here he is, staring at his own transgressions… Read More

Wash Me From My Iniquity: Psalm 51 (part 3)

“Completely wash me from my iniquity; from my sin, purify me.” (Psalm 51:4 [Psalm 51:2 in English Bibles])   Once again we find David employing a chiastic structure (something he will do through the bulk of this psalm) to add emphasis, bringing together two parallel ideas, yet mirroring them in their order.  These are not… Read More

No One Comes To the Father, But Through Me: John 14:6

“no one comes to the Father if not through me.”               Jesus begins and ends this passage by focusing on himself.  Friends, salvation can be found in no other person or path.  It cannot be found in philosophy, in science, in achievements, in wealth, in family, in humanism, in Buddha, in Mohammed, or in… Read More

No One Comes to the Father: John 14:6

“no one comes to the father”               Do you see how the Trinity is at work in redemptive history?  We offended God by our sin and our rejection of his law.  Yet, rather than leave us to our deserved fate, God chose to work in our lives to redeem a people for himself.  God… Read More

No One: John 14:6

“no one”               Jesus has moved from making a positive statement of the truth to a negative one.  First he says, “Yes, I am the way…” and now he is saying, “No, there is no other way.”  In this way, Jesus makes sure that we understand the exclusivity of the Christian faith.  There is… Read More

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: John 14:6

“I am the way and the truth and the life”               Not only is Jesus the true way and the truth within the world, but he is the life.  There is no life apart from life in Christ.  Though some people may think that they can find life in this world; they look for… Read More

I am the Way and the Truth: John 14:6

“I am the way and the truth”               Once again, we find Jesus using a definite article before the word truth.  Not only is Jesus the only way that leads to life eternal with the Father, but he is the only truth that we have access to in this world.  Think about that for… Read More

I am the Way: John 14:6

“I am the way”               It is important that you read this statement very closely, because many people in our culture do not understand the language that Jesus is using.  He says, “I am THE way,” he does not say, “I am A way.”  Our culture seems to think that it does not matter… Read More

I: John 14:6

“I”               This statement begins with the Greek word “ejgwv” (ego), which means “I.”  Though this may not seem significant, it is significant in the Greek language, for in Greek, the verb carries its own subject, in other words, it is redundant to use the actual word for “I” unless you are doing so… Read More