Fulfilling the Law, not Abrogating It: Zechariah 3

“Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.”  -Zechariah 3: 4b, ESV   If only our dispensational brothers would read the Old Testament.  They would see God’s hand at work consistently throughout redemptive history.  We get a foretaste here in this passage of Christ’s imputed righteousness… Read More

Born in Iniquity: Psalm 51 (part 6)

“Behold, in iniquity I was birthed, and in sin, my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:7 {Psalm 51:5 in English Bibles})   A diamond is formed when coal is compacted under a great deal of force, essentially squeezing a great deal of matter into a small object.  Beloved, the same is true with verses like this… 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