Judges; A Messianic Warning

“And Yahweh raised up Judges. And they saved them from the hand of their looters.” (Judges 2:16) The role of the Judge is one that clearly is designed to prefigure Christ. They are redeemers of the people from their adversaries. They are signs of God’s grace, given that the people are in the hands of… Read More

The Last Generation

“Going around Zion, encircle her,  counting her towers, You will establish your heart — the ramparts through her palace. You shall continually write this for the sake of the last generation.” (Psalm 48:13-14 {verses 12-13 in English}) So the singing is continued (previous verse) and while singing those who are in Jerusalem are to encircle… Read More

A Good Report

“And you know his character, how as child of a father he has served with me in the Gospel.” (Philippians 2:22) Over the years, between my time as a school teacher/administrator and as a pastor, one of the more enjoyable things that I have had the privilege of doing is to write letters of recommendation… Read More

Our Lifeblood

“Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always been obedient, not only in my presence alone, but now also even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for God is the one working in you, even to will and to work for satisfaction.” (Philippians 2:12-13) The word, “His,” is… Read More

Bowing in Submission

“in order that at the name of Jesus every knee would be bent in heavenly places and in earthly places and in places under the earth and every tongue would admit that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11) And all of God’s people said, “AMEN!” This is one… Read More

The One Name that is Above All other Names

“Therefore God exalted him and honored him with the name that is above all names,” (Philippians 2:9) As we have noted above…Jesus laid down his rightful heavenly glory and veiled it in flesh in the incarnation; in the resurrection, he took that glory back up, this time no longer veiled by the flesh, but instead… Read More

He Divested Himself of Glory

“but he divested himself of glory, taking the essence of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men, and being found in the state of man he humbled himself, becoming obedient even up to death…even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:7-8) While usually I try and offer a pretty literal, word-for-word translation of the text,… Read More

My Fear…

“For God is my witness how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:8) What a beautiful line this is as he expresses his desire to be with the Philippian believers. His desire is to be with them and the desire is great. This is more than a man… Read More

Rejoicing in Yahweh’s Divine Actions

“For you make me rejoice constantly, Yahweh, in your divine action; in the works of your hands, I continually exult.” (Psalm 92:5 [verse 4 in English])   The question that we must raise is whether or not we can really say, with the psalmist that we rejoice and exult in the works of God. On… Read More

Justice Being Served

“And while they ridiculed him, they took off the cloak and put his own clothes on him and took him to crucify him.” (Matthew 27:31)   “And while they ridiculed him, they took off the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him and took him out in order to crucify him.” (Mark 15:20)… Read More

Checkmate!

“From then, Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews screamed and said, ‘If you release this one, you are not devoted to Caesar — the one who make himself king works in opposition to Caesar!’” (John 19:12)   Were this trial a chess match, here would be the move that would lead Pilate into… Read More

Crucify! Crucify!

“Thus, when they saw him, the chief priests and the assistants screamed out, ‘Crucify! Crucify!’ Pilate said, ‘Take him yourself and crucify, for I find no cause in him.’” (John 19:6) Pilate is playing a dangerous political game with the Jews at this point. On one level, his contempt for being manipulated by these Jewish… Read More

Jesus in the Praetorium

“Then the governor’s soldiers took jurisdiction over him and brought him to the Praetorium where the whole Cohort was gathered.” (Matthew 27:27)   “But the soldiers led him inside of the courtyard, that is the Praetorium, and they gathered the whole Cohort together.” (Mark 15:16)   What strikes me about this passage is the number… Read More

Christians on the Sidelines

“Then he released Barabbas to them and scourging Jesus, he delivered him over that he should be crucified.” (Matthew 27:26)   “But Pilate, wanting to make the crowd satisfied, released Barabbas to them, and delivered Jesus to be scourged in order that he should be crucified.” (Mark 15:15)   “And Pilate had come to the… Read More

Blood on Their Hands

“And the people replied, saying, ‘His blood is on us and on our children!’” (Matthew 27:25)   If ever a people did not understand the eternal ramifications of a statement, here is a prime illustration. How foolish, how wicked, how hateful, how grievous a statement. Having been whipped into a frenzy by the chief priests,… Read More

Hills to Die On

“Pilate said to them, ‘Then what am I to do with Jesus whom is called Christ?’ And they all said, ‘He shall be crucified!’” (Matthew 27:22)   “And then Pilate again asked them saying, ‘What then do you wish for me to do with the one called King of the Jews?’ But they again shouted… Read More

King of the Jews… An Earthly or Divine King?

“Yet there is a custom with regard to you that I should release one to you during the Passover. Do you desire that I release to you the King of the Jews?” (John 18:39)   There is a lot of overlap between the different Gospel accounts at this point in the trial, each Gospel writer… Read More

See No Evil…

  1/20/14 “And Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’ After this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, ‘I find no grounds for a charge in him.’” (John 18:38)   “Pilate then summoned the chief priests and the leaders and the people, saying to them, ‘You brought me this man… Read More

What is Truth?

“And Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’ After this he went out again to the Jews and said to them, ‘I find no grounds for a charge in him.’” (John 18:38)   Pilate’s iconic statement, “What is Truth?” is one that not only sets the context of his Roman culture, but speaks across the… Read More