Thou Art a God Who Sees

Abram’s wife Sarai was barren.  So she gave to Abram her maid Hagar as a second wife so that she could perhaps obtain children by her.  When Hagar conceived a child, she began to despise Sarai.  There was friction between the two, and Sarai dealt harshly with Hagar.  Hagar fled into the wilderness, abandoned and … [Read more…]

Does the End Justify the Means?

“And why not say, ‘Let us do evil that good may come’? – as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say.  Their condemnation is just.”  (Romans 3:8) Doing evil that good may come could more commonly be called situation ethics.  The AHD defines situation ethics as “a system of ethics that … [Read more…]

An Attractive Wardrobe

She’s dressed to the nines.  Her wardrobe is attractive.  Culturally she is popular, and her fashion never goes out of style.  Turn through the pages of the Bible, starting in the beginning, and you will be warned of her deceitful expressions of beauty.  Who is this one of whom we speak?  She is skepticism. According … [Read more…]

Respect for Authority

Authority is defined as the right to command to act, but it also means the right to act.  A supervisor who has authority over his employees has the right to command or direct their activities.  On the other end, the employee can be said to have authority to perform an activity if he has been … [Read more…]

Eleven Days’ Journey

“These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on this side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain opposite Suph, between Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab.  It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea.  Now it came to pass in the fortieth year, … [Read more…]

Not Ashamed

“So as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  For in … [Read more…]

Know – Do – Blessed

In John 13 we have the record of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet on the evening before the commencement of His trials and then crucifixion.  Jesus took a towel, poured water into a basin and washed His disciples’ feet and wiped them with the towel with which He was girded.  Jesus served His disciples, intending … [Read more…]

Trembling At His Word

In the book of Ezra, we read of the return of Jews from captivity to Jerusalem and the work of the priest Ezra in rebuilding the temple and restoring worship.  In the ninth chapter, the leaders came to Ezra declaring how the people had not separated themselves from the heathen and had intermarried with them.  … [Read more…]