Without a life dedicated to God, we lack certainty of his cause and the clarity of holiness. With such a life, we speak with confidence.
The LORD judges the nations.
Vindicate me, LORD, because I am innocent,
because I am blameless, O Exalted One!
May the evil deeds of the wicked come to an end!
But make the innocent secure,
O righteous God,
you who examine inner thoughts and motives!
Psalm 7.8-9 NET Continue reading
Why did God, who knew that wiping the earth clean couldn’t make the soul of man pure, go ahead with the Flood? First it seems that perhaps the Flood story echoes a salvation story to come in ages far away into the future. Through one man is mankind saved. Judgment passes upon all (2 Peter 2:5). A family is saved by entering the ark “to escape the flood” (Gen 7:7 NLT, similar to many other versions). Continue reading
Here’s a graphic detailing what I believe to be a chiastic structure in Amos 5, which my eye picked up during a read. I’ve put the structure in a graphic to preserve the spacing and grouping of the corresponding elements.
When in the book of Revelation Christ addresses himself to the Asian churches, he follows a general order of items. This, yes, pattern is suggestive, that Christ works by a pattern, and lays down a pattern of work, worship and behavior for his people. (See previous post.)
In his addresses, he invariably includes toward the end of each message this phrase, reminiscent of what he said while on earth: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (2:7 etc., NET). Continue reading
These two verses are my standard for 2008, and I worked on them a bit to appreciate better their message. Continue reading
Here are the entries from W.E. Vine’s, Expository Dictionary of the New Testament, with my slight revisions and paltry additions; nos. 4 and 5 are my additions based on the use of the word “decide” by the NET: Continue reading