Israel’s great confession rises from Deuteronomy 6, about the one God. This truth distinguished Israel from the other nations, pagan and idolatrous. Continue reading
Words that have one meaning for us did not always mean the same thing to the ancients. A good example of this is the term heart, when used in a figurative sense. Continue reading
Did you ever get a song stuck in your head, that repeated itself continually? After a while, it gets irritating, because it’s a random thought or tune.
That is why it’s important to think and repeat things that are well planned, well thought-out, and true. Continue reading
It seems like sinners get more out of life, doesn’t it? They have more advantages, don’t they? They have more fun, enjoy pleasures without worry, live for the moment, isn’t that right?
We’re not the first to think this way: Continue reading
We live in the age of Facebook, the most visited site on the Internet. There, people compete to see who has more friends. In the midst of this race, we need to hear an ancient counsel: Continue reading
Some explanations confuse more than they clarify. But presenting the meaning of God’s words to others causes an almost magical effect. Continue reading
Everything has its limits, except the word of God. Even the universe, say the scientists, is not infinite. As good as something may be, there’s always a restriction. Continue reading
Some things we have to learn the hard way. In the midst of the squeeze, we don’t appreciate the lesson. Afterwards, we recognize it was good to have gone through it, because only in that way would we have learned the lesson. Continue reading
In the midst of suffering, we sometimes forget that we live in the midst of the community of the faithful. Or that such a community even exists. We feel alone. But the author of Psalm 119 did not forget.
I am a friend of all those who fear you,
of those who observe your precepts.
Psalm 119.63 WEB
Although the psalm emphasizes individual confidence in spite of trials, the author does not lose sight of his place in the community. Continue reading
Many accuse God of not being good, because they blame him for the evil they see in the world. It’s the same as the murderer accusing the judge of being guilty of murder.
In the previous verse, the writer speaks of being “afflicted.” He also suffered at the hands of evil men. But he still refused to question God’s goodness. Continue reading