Mercy and Justice

These two ideas are not normally thought of as going together very well. Justice demands that the full measure of punishment of the law be meted out in punishment for a crime committed. But justice is not simply limited to satisfying the law. Justice includes the need for restitution to be measured out to the… Read More

Blessed Be the Name of the Lord!

“You love all of the words of confusion on a tongue of trickery. But God will tear you down forever, He will take you and drag you from your tent; He will repeatedly uproot you from the land of the living. Selah! (Psalm 52:6-7 {verses 4-5 in English Translations})   Here we transition and David… Read More

Bread and Circuses

Let me paint a picture for you of a culture where the Senate ruled over the people and the “commoners” had little say over what laws were enacted in the land. The culture that I am describing was one where many flocked to the cities of jobs, though they would only earn poverty level wages.… 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

Defending Job’s Wife

Recently, I read an article that really came down hard on Job’s wife because of the statement that she makes to her husband, to “curse God and die.”  The author went as far as to suggest that this was a woman who clearly had no faith and was a blasphemer because of the statement that… Read More

Angry with God’s Mercy (Jonah 4:1)

“And it was evil to Jonah—a great evil—and he burned over it.”  (Jonah 4:1)   In case you hadn’t noticed Jonah’s attitude toward the Ninevites by his lackluster sermon in Nineveh, the true feelings of our wayward prophet come out as we move to the final chapter of this story.  Most of our English versions… Read More

Jude’s Greeting

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, brother of James, to those who have been loved in God the father, and who have been guarded and called for Jesus Christ:  May mercy be to you and may peace and love be multiplied.” (Jude 1-2)   As mentioned earlier, Jude identifies himself not as Jesus’ half-brother, but… Read More

Jesus Paid it All–All to Him I Owe…

“And you, being dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive together with him, forgiving us all trespasses.” (Colossians 2:13)   “And yet God demonstrates his own agape love to us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 )   We who have nothing… Read More