Saturday Word Study: “The Evil”

In the book of Judges, seven times the people are said to do “the evil” in the sight of the Lord. While most English translations ignore the definite article, preferring to translate it as “evil” or “evil things,” the Hebrew text clearly presents the term as a definite noun. The authors of this book of… Read More

The Abundance of Grace

“In Him we have deliverance through His blood — liberation from trespasses — according to the riches of His grace, which abounds to us in all wisdom and understanding,” (Ephesians 1:7-8) While we talk a lot about grace in the Christian world (and rightly so!), before we do so in this context, it seems appropriate… Read More

Deliverance!

“In Him we have deliverance through His blood — liberation from trespasses — according to the riches of His grace, which abounds to us in all wisdom and understanding,” (Ephesians 1:7-8) To start with, let’s talk about the idea of deliverance. In context, Paul parallels the idea with the phrase, “liberation from trespasses,” giving us… Read More

Predestination and Man’s Distorted View of Freedom

“Predestining us for adoption through Jesus Christ into Him, according to the pleasure of His will,” (Ephesians 1:5) Predestination is one of those words that often causes people to recoil. The funny thing is that the Bible uses the term six times in the New Testament, so somewhere along the way, people need to wrestle… Read More

Why is Hell Eternal?

If you have grown up in the church, you know that the only just punishment for sin is Hell. You also know that Hell is described in the Bible in three general ways — a separation from all goodness that God brings to existence (2 Peter 2:4), positive retribution for our sins (Mark 9:47-49), and… Read More

The Ever-Relevant Bible

“Indeed, there is not a man who is righteous on the earth who does good and does not sin.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20) Boy, this sounds an awful lot like the Apostle Paul when he writes: “What then? Are we in a more prominent position? By all means, no! For both Jews and Greeks are already found… Read More

The Escape!

“And Ehud went out of the window and he had closed the doors to the upper room behind him and secured them.” (Judges 3:23) Once again, depending on how you understand the visual imagery of what is going on will depend on how you translate this passage. For example, some commentators who interpret NØwdVv√rAÚp (parshedon)… Read More

Help Us Repent and Love You in Deed

“And so the nose of Yahweh burned toward Israel and he sold them into the hand of Cushan Rishathayim, king of Aram Naharayim. And the Sons of Israel served Cushan Rishathayim for eight years. The Sons of Israel cried out to Yahweh and Yahweh raised up a deliverer for Israel who delivered them — Othniel,… Read More

We Need to be Reminded

“The five Lords of the Philistines and all the Canaanites and the Sidonians and the Chivites who dwell in Mount Lebanon — from Mount Ba’al-Chermon as far as Lebo-Chamath. They were for the training of Israel to know whether they would obey the commands of Yahweh which he commanded their fathers by the hand of… Read More

Judgment and Salvation…one goes with the other

“And not intimidated in any way by the adversaries, which is for them an indication of destruction but for you of salvation, which is from God.” (Philippians 1:28) In our culture today, it seems, we talk at length about the troubles caused by bullying, particularly amongst children. And indeed, bullying is sin and condemnable. Yet… Read More

Having Been Filled

“having been filled with the fruit of righteousness because of Jesus Christ to the glory and honor of God.” “Having been filled…” Notice the language that this verse begins with. We do not “fill” ourselves but we are filled. It is God’s work in us from the beginning to the end. We take no credit,… Read More

Destroyed, Forever and Ever…

“The wicked sprout like weeds, And all who do iniquity blossom; To be destroyed, forever and ever.” (Psalm 92:8 [verse 7 in English translations])   Paul writes in Romans 9:21-23 that God has created the wicked as vessels of wrath for the purpose of pouring out his power upon in destruction. The psalmist speaks in… 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

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

A Debt of Love I Owe…

“But when he said this, one of the subordinates who was standing there gave a blow to Jesus saying, ‘Is this how you answer the High Priest?’” (John 18:23)   Again, many of our English translations like to render this word as “officer” when it comes to the one who slapped Jesus, giving the impression… Read More

Reu the Companion in Death

“And it came to pass that Peleg was thirty years old and he begat Reu. And after he begat Reu, Peleg lived two-hundred and nine years. And he begat sons and daughters.” (Genesis 11:18-19)   Here we find the first real indications that the effect of the Fall upon our lifespan is progressive, for Peleg’s… Read More

Am I Missing Something?

Normally I try and stay out of the fray when it comes to the frenzy around popular scandals and sensationalistic stories. Maybe I should make more social commentaries than I do, but guess that I would rather immerse myself more deeply in God’s word and trust people to have a little common sense that can… Read More

Swearing

“So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his lord and he swore to him on these matters.” (Genesis 24:9)   Isn’t it interesting how there seems to be such a different emphasis in the Old and the New Testaments when it comes to swearing an oath. Here we find Abraham requesting… Read More

Dwelling in Beersheba

“Thus Abraham went to his young men and they rose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham dwelled in Beersheba.” (Genesis 22:19)   And so, Abraham travels back to Beersheba, the place of the covenant, located in what would later be southern Israel. Yet, for now, Abraham is still living amongst the pagans, Philistines and… Read More