Four times in the NET Bible the phrase “God of gods” is used, all of them in the Old Testament. One time it is used by a pagan king, but the other three are used by Moses, one of the psalmists, and an angel. The four passages are in Deuteronomy 10.17; Psalm 136.2; Daniel 2.47; and Daniel 11.36. (The NASB, ESV, and NIV also record the phrase in these four passages.) Continue reading
Don’t be alarmed at prophets of doom, be they political, social, or environmental. Politics has always been dirty and dishonest. Social movements have grown and died. Environmentalists are not dispassionate scientists reading objective data.
Observers have divided the generations into baby boomers, generations X and Y, and new tags are invented every few years. The upcoming generation causes concern, and always has. The human being is a worrier at heart. Continue reading
The Sovereign withholds and sends the rain,
He frustrates kings with famine and need,
In the fullness of time he reveals his will,
He shows himself and shames the powers
That rule the world with ruthless evil.
To God, the great and good, be glory!
God is too just to tolerate evil; he is unable to condone wrongdoing. So why does he put up with treacherous people? Why does he apparently say nothing when the wicked devour those more righteous than they are? Because he is following his plan and in his own time will punish evil and recompense those who do good. Let us therefore praise the God who acts!
God deserves all glory and honor on the tongues of men, because he rules the universe and makes everything that happens contribute to the fulfillment of his will. Praise him who explodes our negative assessments of the church and of ourselves! Exalt him who transforms dead seed into great growth! Blessed be the God whose word is power, whose power is active in the world and whose activity can be seen by people of faith.
People sometimes discuss whether the devil could have fulfilled his promise to Jesus when he offered him authority over all the kingdoms of the world, Luke 4.5.
First, we must remember that the devil is a liar and uses lies to tempt people. Continue reading
Glory to God for plans that allow us to work toward completing goals and for his sovereignty that weaves our projects and accomplishments, or lack of them, into his purpose, according to his own eternal plan that he unfolds without fail.
The whys and the wherefores do not belong to man, but to God. Our restricted vision questions the Almighty, but his plan is so much greater than a specific place or death or storm or persecution. Continue reading
The isolated reading of a story can lead us to wrong conclusions. For example, in Acts 12, how could the Lord let the apostle James die? No motive on Herod’s part is given, only the fact of James’ death at the hands of the arrogant and tyrannical king.
He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword.
Acts 12:2 NET Continue reading
Being on a chain suggests restriction of liberty, loss of choices. It’s what we do to animals. We tether them at our pleasure, without consulting them, either for our convenience or for their security. In a way, the follower of Christ is tethered to the Lord.
But he knows the pathway that I take;
if he tested me, I would come forth like gold.
Job 23:10 NET Continue reading