John 11:38-41 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to … More J.C. Ryle: It was doubtless as easy for Him to command the stone to roll away untouched as to call a dead body from the tomb.
Think Ezekiel has been difficult? Hang in there! You are in good company. According to the ESV Study Bible, almost all interpreters agree that Ezekiel 40–48 is one of the most difficult passages in the entire Bible. From the ESV Study Bible comments on Ezekiel 40-48 With regard to the meaning of this passage as … More Need a little help reading through Ezekiel?
In our reading from Ezekiel today, chapters 38-39, we see many wonderful promises, many of which encourage us that God indeed WANTS to show us His glory, for us to KNOW Him and see Him in all His glory and mercy and holiness! He is NOT hiding! Be awestruck at the incredible missions promise in … More God is NOT hiding!
But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they had to go out of his land.’ But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations … More When God acts for the sake of His name
John Piper: Just when the Jewish disciples begin to feel like they are the real select heirs of Abraham, Jesus strikes: “I have other sheep that are not even part of this Jewish fold—among the Gentiles.” Just when the early American Puritans were settling in to their “chosen” status as the New Israel in the … More Our sovereign Shepherd has other sheep
God said to Pharaoh: “You consider yourself a lion of the nations, but you are like a dragon in the seas; you burst forth in your rivers, trouble the waters with your feet, and foul their rivers. Thus says the Lord God: I will throw my net over you with a host of many peoples, and … More God is reminding us that He is in control
John Piper: So what does he say about his doorness and his shepherdness? First, his doorness. Tell us, Jesus, what does it mean for us that you are a door for us? Verses 7–10: Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and … More What does it mean that Jesus is a door for us?