Psalm 2 describes an idealized Israelite king as God’s Messiah. Jesus radically reinterpreted this idealization when he chose to exercise his Messianic authority through service, self-sacrifice, and trust in God. The Church, as co-heirs with Christ, now share in the Messianic privileges and responsibilities.
The lesson from Colossians chapter 1 for us today is this: that a church’s health is directly proportionate to the degree to which it is singularly obsessed with knowing God and pleasing him. Are we “full” of the comprehension of God’s will?
A Brief Guide to the Hebrew Bible introduces the reader to the literature of the Old Testament and the history of scholarship pertaining to it in an accessible and engaging way. While intended for undergraduate students, this book is useful for laypeople, pastors, non-specialist scholars, or graduate students in Old Testament who desire a quick overview of Old Testament literature and scholarship.
Daniel is not a hero because he lived, but because he was obedient to God, neither giving in to the threat of death nor preserving himself by the methods of the enemy.
As someone who used to employ people, one of the most soul-destroyingly irritating things is the lazy underling. But really, we are all in a sense God’s employees. So what kind of diligence is God looking for from us?
How do you make decisions when your alternatives all seem morally problematic? How do you choose between two options that are both bad but in different ways? Do you choose the lesser evil, or the greater good?
Paul’s gospel is not really one of justification, but of reconciliation. Humanity, because of its sin, exists in a state of rebellion and enmity with God. Despite our best efforts to improve ourselves we find we cannot. Because our problem is not just sinful behavior but really hatred and mistrust towards God, the solution for our problem is not just legal justification but reconciliation. God demonstrates his love for us despite our rebellion. We respond in loving faith and are empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and trust God, to no longer want to rebel.
Despite some questionable type-setting decisions that limit the usefulness of this Bible for an aging Christian population, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible is one of the best and most comprehensive study Bibles currently on the market. Its focus on biblical theology pays off in a big way. I highly recommend it.
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“When the storm wind has passed a wicked man is no more; but a righteous man is an everlasting foundation.”