Scripture takes a very stern view of sin because it is failure to live up to God's standard and destroys relationships, especially our relationship with God.
Even though the way God exercises His sovereignty is inscrutable to us , calling the foolish to confound the wise, all He does fits perfectly into His plan.
Richard Ritenbaugh, relating a story of a rebellious Siberian Husky he had once owned, compares God's infinite patience with us (compared to our fleeting short-lived patience we have for each other). Like the Husky, the children of Israel severely tested t. . .
The scattering of the church was an act of love by God to wake us from our lethargic, faithless condition. The feeding of the flock is the priority now.
John Ritenbaugh speculates about a prophecy in Zechariah 13:2-5, which concerns prophets or church leaders who, coming to feel ashamed of their false teachings, will later claim they were farmers rather than ministers. Most of the billion nominal 'Christia. . .
Sin creates estrangement from God, causing us to fail in everything we attempt. Sin always produces separation; it never heals, but causes death.
Our fear of being judged negatively by God should spur us to greater obedience and growth toward godliness. The fear of God is a fundamental mindset.
Deuteronomy could be considered the New Testament of the Old Testament, serving as a commentary on the Ten Commandments. It gives vision for critical times.
During the final hours of His life, Jesus made seven last statements to mankind, illustrating His nature and what He considered to be important for us.
Martin Collins, reminding us that Hosea has sometimes been referred to as the deathbed prophet of Israel, nevertheless assures us that the end of the book is filled with hope and a happy conclusion. Before the inspiring conclusion of the Book, Hosea foreca. . .
Not only did Israel cross the Red Sea on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread, but it was also when Jericho's walls fell and when Jesus healed the lame man.
John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that to fully interpret the Scriptures we must be aware of textual and cultural contexts, be able to visualize the overall picture, and use God-give common sense, applies these cautions to the issue of clean and unclean meats.. . .