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A better high priest (Numbers 20)

As I read this passage, I thought about Aaron. He was the first high priest that Israel ever knew. But he was a flawed man. While Moses was up on the mountain getting the ten commandments, Aaron gave into pressure … Continue reading

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Better to die? (Jonah 4)

What’s striking in this passage is Jonah’s attitude toward people headed for destruction in contrast to Jesus’. When God spared the Ninevites because of their repentance, Jonah was furious. He wanted them to perish. They were the enemies of the … Continue reading

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Salvation (Jonah 2)

I’ve really been looking at Jonah through different eyes which has been kind of cool. Here we see Jonah’s cry from the fish, but we also see Jesus in kind of a reverse mirror image. Jonah, of course suffered for … Continue reading

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And the lot fell on…Jesus (Jonah 1:7)

I was reading Jonah again today, and again thought about the parallels between Jesus and Jonah. I didn’t talk about it yesterday, but it did strike me that both in the boat and at the cross lots were cast. Coincidence? … Continue reading

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Reluctant savior. Willing Savior. (Jonah 1)

As I was reading Jonah today, I thought about how Jesus compared his death and resurrection to Jonah going into the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. (Matthew 12:39-40). So as I read today, I thought … Continue reading

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Revelation 19:9-10 — The spirit behind prophesy…and all we say and do

I must admit, I can finally see the finish line after all these years of blogging. And it’s very tempting to just rush ahead and finish this as quickly as possible. But John thought it necessary to take a small … Continue reading

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Revelation 1:4-8 — The gospel behind Revelation

This being Easter Sunday in the States, I suppose it’s only fitting that we see the gospel here in this passage. Most people don’t think of Revelation being a book about the gospel. But it is. And we see it … Continue reading

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Hebrews 13:7-16 — Serving the one who never changes

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (8) This is a famous verse, and one of my favorites. It reminds me that my Lord is unchanging. And that is comforting in a world where people change all … Continue reading

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Hebrews 12:1-2 — We also

Running has never been my thing. I recently have picked it up again though my runs tend to be very short, no where near a 10k, no less a marathon. But as Christians, we are called to join the great … Continue reading

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Hebrews 2-3 –Why we dare not ignore the gospel

One of the key themes you see throughout Hebrews is the supremacy of Christ. In chapters 1-2, you see his supremacy over the prophets and the angels. In chapter 3, we see his supremacy over Moses. And in chapter 4, … Continue reading

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Hebrews 2 — What Christmas is all about (part 2)

What’s wrong with the world today? Until we answer that question, we can’t really answer what Christmas is about. And that’s what the author of Hebrews addresses here. He says in verse 5 that in the world to come, when … Continue reading

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John 14:7-11 — To see and know God

How can we possibly know God?  How can we know what he is like? Obviously, when we’re talking about an invisible God, there can only be one answer:  if he chooses to reveal himself. God first revealed himself through direct contact, … Continue reading

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John 8:12-58 — The one who brings light and life

A lot of people in this world are lost.  They seek a good life.  A good marriage.  A good job.  And most of all, joy and peace.  And yet, somehow, these things elude them.  People have been like this ever … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:29-31; Mark 7:31-37 — Bringing people to Jesus

In these two passages, we see the great popularity of Jesus because of his healing ministry.  What strikes me as I read them is that most people didn’t come to Jesus on their own for healing.  Rather, it was others that brought … Continue reading

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John 5:16-18 — Who Jesus is

Who is this Jesus?  That is the question that every single person who encountered him had to face. It’s the question that people to this day must face in encountering Jesus. The Jews came face to face with this question … Continue reading

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Matthew 9:2-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:18-26 — The power to forgive

Who was this Jesus?  Just a great religious teacher?  A good, moral man?  A miracle worker?  Or something more? From this passage, we can see that Jesus was something much more.  Jesus was back in Capernaum where he had made … Continue reading

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Luke 2:41-52 — Misunderstood

I suppose that one thing that most people would like is to be understood.  And it can be hurtful when those whom we love don’t understand us. Jesus certainly understood that feeling.  His disciples often didn’t understand him.  The people … Continue reading

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Matthew 2 — Troubled by the coming of a King

I think at Christmas time, the one image that people have of Jesus is of the baby in the manger.  Perhaps one reason why people like that scene is because Jesus is so non-threatening.  He makes no demands on you. … Continue reading

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Luke 2:36-40 — A heart prepared for the King

Every Christmas, we sing a song that says, Joy to the World, The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare him room. And in this passage, we see a woman who did just that.  She … Continue reading

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John 1:1-18 — When God became flesh

For those wondering how I’m going to tackle the Gospels, I’m going to do it as I did the Old Testament, that is, chronologically.  I’m going to use a harmony of the Gospels to do this, and weave between the … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 30 — One who would dare approach the Father

In the midst of all the prophesies of Jerusalem’s fall, Jeremiah does not leave the people without hope.  God assures his people here that though he will discipline them, and not let them go entirely unpunished, yet he would not … Continue reading

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