The Fright of the Condemned

“For behold, the kings gathered together  and they passed by it together.  They saw it and thus were terrified; They were horrified and ran away in haste.” (Psalm 48: 5-6 {verses 4-5 in English}) It does not take much reflection to recognize just how often it plays out in history that the nations have waged… Read More

A Time to Keep Silence and a Time to Speak

“But Peter followed him from a distance up to the court of the High Priest and going in he sat with the subordinates to witness the end.” (Matthew 26:58)   “And Peter, from a distance, followed him as far as the courtyard of the High Priest and he was sitting with the subordinates and warming… Read More

The Great King is to be Feared

“For Yahweh Elyon is to be feared — Great King over all the earth.” (Psalm 47:3 {verse 2 in English Translations})   As kids we were always told that it wasn’t nice to call people names — at least bad names… Yet, there is a practice of scripture of attributing names of honor to God.… Read More

We have a Stronghold in the God of Jacob

“Yaheweh Tsabaoth is with us; A high stronghold for us is the God of Jacob. Selah!” (Psalm 46:8 {verse 7 in English})   What a wonderful statement the psalmist makes. This is the kind of statement that ought to be set in stone on our patios and stenciled on our walls. It should be the… Read More

The Sleep of the Beloved

  “It is vain for you to get up early and go late to your dwelling, Eating the bread of toil; For he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2)   It may be granted up front that there is some discussion as to how to interpret the last line of this verse. Commonly it… Read More

Abraham’s Fear: Genesis 20:11

“And Abraham said, ‘It was because I said, ‘no one fears God in this place and they will slay me over the thing of my wife.’’” (Genesis 20:11)   “For this reason, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did… Read More

Fear Not, Little Flock!

Have you ever noticed how many times the Bible talks about fear? There is a fear of the Lord, which is the source of wisdom and knowledge—a fear that reflects a holy reverence for who God is. There is also a fear of the world—a fear of going hungry, not having the things we need,… Read More