The Fortified Palaces

“In her fortified palaces, God is made known to be a place of refuge.” (Psalm 48:4 [verse 3 in English]) This the city of God…the palace that has been fortified and protected and situated on Zion, she is a place of refuge. While this was meant to be true in the most literal sense of… Read More

Greatly is Yahweh to be Praised!

“A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Qorah.  Great is Yahweh and very much to be praised —  In the city of our God and on his Holy Mountain.” (Psalm 48:1-2 [verse 1 in English]) The greatness of the city of God is not found in the construction of human hands; it is not… Read More

Introducing Barabbas

“During the feast, it was the tradition of the governor to release one prisoner to the crowd which they desired.” (Matthew 27:15) “During the feast, he would release to them one prisoner for whom they asked. And there was one called Barabbas with the rebels in prison who had committed murder in the rebellion.” (Mark… Read More

Jeremiah or Zechariah?

“Then was fulfilled the word of Jeremiah the prophet saying, ‘And they took the thirty silver pieces, the payment paid for the one on whom the Sons of Israel had set such a payment, and they gave it for the field of a potter just as the Lord instructed me.’” (Matthew 27:9-10)   Oceans of… Read More

No Basis for a Charge…

“And Pilate said to the chief priests and to the crowds, ‘I find no basis for a charge in this man.’” (Luke 23:4) As I read this, I can almost envision Pilate in his frustration kind of thinking to himself, “What now? Here I am, woken up early, trying to get some breakfast, and I… Read More

Jerusalem Built as a City Joined to Itself

“Jerusalem, which has been built—as a city; one which has been joined together to itself.” (Psalm 122:3) The actual city of Jerusalem is interesting in its layout.  The city walls enclose multiple inter-connected hills and mountain peaks, which were joined as a single layout.  Literally, it is a city that has been “joined together to… Read More

Let us Go to the House of the Lord

“A Psalm of Ascents; of David. I rejoiced when ones said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of Yahweh!’” (Psalm 122:1) This psalm begins with a wonderful statement that is alien to the experience of many American Christians: “I rejoiced” when it came time to go to the house of the Lord.  Now,… Read More

Villages without Walls: Zechariah 2

“Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it.  And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be glory in her midst.”  -Zechariah 2: 4b-5, ESV   The promises of God for his church are a… Read More

Zechariah’s Night Visions: Introduction

            To understand the prophet Zechariah, one must have an understanding of the historical context in which that prophet was writing.  In 539 BC, King Cyrus of Persia overthrew the Babylonian Empire and a year later, sent a group of about 50,000 exiles home to Jerusalem with wealth, supplies, and a… Read More

The Walls of Jerusalem: Psalm 51 (part 19)

“Do well, by your grace, in Zion, you shall build the walls of Jerusalem.” (Psalm 51:20 {Psalm 51:18 in English Bibles})   As David begins to close this prayer, the focus shifts from his personal guilt and needs to the needs of God’s people.  While David, as king of Israel, does have a responsibility toward… Read More