Forward By Backward

The Torah (law) came through Moses.  The call to return to the law came through the prophets.  Men such as Elijah called Israel away from their idols and back to God (see 1 Kings 18).  It’s no coincidence that after John appeared on the scene, Jesus identified him as the Elijah who was to come and restore all things (Matthew 17;Continue reading “Forward By Backward”

When Jesus Sang

It’s one of those “orphan” verses in the Bible.  You know, the kind that sit by themselves, alone, isolated—usually because what comes before or after grabs our attention.  In fact, it might be one of those verses that someone unfamiliar with the Bible would notice before a regular Bible reader because regular readers tend to read inContinue reading “When Jesus Sang”

Speaking The Truth In A White Lie World

“You have my word on it.” Does that mean anything today?  Hopefully, it does.  We’d like to think it means that you meant what you said, you can be trusted, others can count on you.  The sad truth though is that we live in a world where the truth isn’t always the truth.  We live in aContinue reading “Speaking The Truth In A White Lie World”

You Are The Treasure That I Seek

Jesus has been discussing seeking God through giving, praying, and fasting in Matthew 6:1-18.  He’s instructed His disciples to “do not” in regard to certain practices of the Pharisees (v. 2,5,16).  In 6:19ff, He takes up another “do not,”—do not seek earthly treasure. Once again, the Pharisees are the entry point of the discussion.  They were lovers of moneyContinue reading “You Are The Treasure That I Seek”

What Happened In The Wilderness

It’s easy to think of Jesus resisting temptation in quantitative terms—He was able to do more than we could. We could have resisted up to a point, but Jesus resisted all of the way. There’s truth to this of course, but it’s not the whole truth and consequently if we treat it like the whole truth itContinue reading “What Happened In The Wilderness”

What Bible Study Should Be

The Sadducees were sold on first five books of Scripture and found no resurrection there.  What they did find was the levirate marriage (Deuteronomy 25:5-10). In Matthew 22:23-33 their argument to Jesus pits potential circumstances created through application of this law with the resurrection (as they understood it). Their conclusion was that the resurrection was not possible—GodContinue reading “What Bible Study Should Be”

What Are You Doing With Your Treasure?

We don’t know exactly when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem to see the Christ. They had followed the star to Jerusalem where they inquired, “Where is the One who has been born the King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2). You can almost see Herod strutting out of his throne room saying, “Here I am!”Continue reading “What Are You Doing With Your Treasure?”

Understanding Scripture Through Understanding God

Matthew 12:1-8 is what scholars like to refer to as a freighted passage. If you think of a railroad engine pulling a large number of loaded boxcars behind it then you have the picture. It is simply a way of saying that a particular text contains a significant amount of material that needs to be unloaded andContinue reading “Understanding Scripture Through Understanding God”