In Deuteronomy 9, God reminds his people that it was not because of their righteousness or “deserving” that he was bringing them into the Promised Land. In fact, he reminds them of their stubbornness and sin. So WHY did God choose them over other people he could have chosen? John Piper helps us understand in … More Piper: God’s Complete Freedom
What’s the difference between these the sheep and goats in Matthew 25:31-46? How they treated his brothers, that is his disciples. Mercy is the difference Jesus focuses on. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him … More Sheep, Goats and Mercy
Two days ago, a massive earthquake and catastrophic tsunami struck Japan. Today in our read-through-the-Bible plan, we come to Psalm 60: 60:1 O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses; you have been angry; oh, restore us. 2 You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open; repair its breaches, for it totters. … More A cry for mercy for Japan
In Psalm 59, David prays (1-2), complains (3-4), prays more (5) and then breaks into song. That is just in the first five verses. We see this repeated again as he complains (6-7), declares his confidence in God (8-10) and prays again (11-15) and ends with singing aloud God’s praises (16-17). I love verse 10: … More Spurgeon: preventing mercy—the supply prepared before the need occurred, the refuge built before the danger arose.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, … More John Piper: God’s love did not wait for any moral improvement in us.
In Matthew 22:1-14, our Bible reading passage for today, we read a parable about a wedding feast. There are many things we can glean from this parable, but I was struck with the last few verses. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw … More Say Yes to HIS Dress?
In a sermon, “As Far as the East is From the West”, a sermon on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), on Leviticus 16 by Coty Pinckney, The Scapegoat This sacrifice, while different and more detailed than the usual sin offerings, nevertheless is similar to that daily ritual. The next act on the Day of Atonement, however, … More The scapegoat takes our sins to the wilderness of forgetfulness.
J.C. Ryle comments on Matthew 18:33-35 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother … More J.C. Ryle: Men who care not for doctrines, can understand a forgiving temper.
John Piper, in a sermon from Amos 4:4-13, “Prepare to Meet Your God” In verses 6–11 Amos is done with irony. He reminds the people that God has shouted the truth of his reality to them in five striking ways that they might return. But they would not. In verse 6 he says there had … More Prepare to Meet Your God!
Hebrews 9:23-28 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the … More “FOR US…. is not complimentary. But it is wonderfully hope-giving.”