The Passover should remain grounded in the understanding that some things not change. Passover is essentially a sacrificial monument in which blood spilled as a means of liberation and identity. When God ordered the death of the firstborn in Egypt He made provision so that Israelites would not suffer loss. The slaughtered lamb provided the cover a satisfactory substitute for the firstborn in every Israelite home. It is to accomplish this very thing that Christ is Paschal Lamb.
The tokens of the hidden life do not always make sense to the observer. They are unusable by the outsider, just as the beeps and squawks on a debit or credit card reader as it communicates with your bank are unintelligible, even though you know it is saying “hi bank, can you process a 14.95 debit on the account…
We know that Scripture cannot be broken, that is, rendered useless. We also know that the personal suffering of one of our Lord’s ancestors, David, comes to play a large part in assuring us that our Lord’s suffering is the most helpful thing in history and eternity. Certain words and actions from this psalm appear… Continue reading Psalm 22: snapshots of the Lord’s passion
How Saul Ends up Anointed as King 1 Samuel 9:2_3 And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people. (3) Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s… Continue reading Tall and Handsome Sent to Find Lost Donkeys
In this episode – Jeremiah 42:7-17 covering the closing days of pre-Babylonian exile Judah – we see the similarity to the people flirting with godliness without Christ’s flavour and people’s desire to have fish without the fishy smell. At the end of ten days the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. Then he summoned… Continue reading PEOPLE SEEKING SHELTER FROM LIFE
RELEASED FROM PRISON TO BE HARASSED FOR SAYING “STAY IN THE CITY AND DIE”. Jeremiah 38:2 Thus says the Lord: He who stays in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, but he who goes out to the Chaldeans shall live. He shall have his life as a prize of… Continue reading As the Tide Turns
…but the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel. And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Beth–car. (1 Samuel 7:10b-11) If God thundered and shook up the United… Continue reading Thunder, Violence and Stones of Help
Most people who are familiar with the prophecies about the end of time will recognize the certainty of extreme catastrophic events before the end of the present age. The Bible uses three pictures to help us navigate the tumult of the final events: sealed scrolls opened (social dysfunctions and catastrophic events unfold), bowls of rage… Continue reading Historic Troubles Everywhere?
When you read this song the impression is that God – forgets his own – hides his face – leaves his own to their own counsel and sorrow – allows his own to be humiliated That is so until you get past the song’s plea for an answer and vindication (vs. 3 and 4). This… Continue reading PROTEST AND ATTEST AND HONESTY. Psalm 13