Category: Old Testament

Jesus is King, not some kind of advisor

Jesus is King, not some kind of advisor

Jesus is the King of the whole world. That is the essence of the gospel. When you look for the shortest expression of the gospel in the Bible, it is “Jesus is Lord” (1 Cor 12:3, 2 Cor 4:5). Jesus is God’s chosen King, the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One, the one with all …

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Stop complaining all the time

Stop complaining all the time

There is a lot to complain about right now. You can’t do the things you want to do. Your job situation is at the very least disrupted, maybe uncertain, and maybe just gone. The kids being at home means things are louder and messier than you’d like. The lack of certainty makes you grumpy. Your …

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David: a man after God’s own heart?

David: a man after God’s own heart?

King David, the greatest of the Old Testament kings, is a figure who confuses many. After all, he was deeply flawed. Here is a man who is called the one after God’s own heart (1 Sam 13:14), the king with whom God made a covenant (2 Sam 7), who was promised a descendant who would …

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Surely you can’t pray that?

Surely you can’t pray that?

The book of Psalms is a wonderful book for many reasons. It is the songbook of the Old Testament people of God, containing the full range of human emotions poured out to God. Many appreciate sections that speak of God’s love, his shepherding, and his protection like a fortress. And yet, amid these types of …

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Rejoicing in the everyday

Rejoicing in the everyday

The world is a messy, and often wicked, place. Just turn on the news. They never have to cancel investigative shows that reveal injustice because there is so much around. That’s nothing new. The Teacher of Ecclesiastes noted the same kind of things around 3000 years ago. In Ecclesiastes 8, he noted that governments can …

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Thinking (really) long term

Thinking (really) long term

Every now and again, a newspaper will remind us that Australians are very poor at saving. Compared to the rest of the world, Australians tend to spend what they earn, with very little set apart for later. Younger people, in particular, don’t want to invest money for the future but would prefer to make the …

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