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When we reject God as king (1 Samuel 8)

When I look at this passage, I can’t help but think about Romans chapter 1. Here, though the people legitimately rejected Samuel’s sons as judges, they came up with the wrong solution: they rejected God as king. God said to … Continue reading

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Revelation 4 — Honoring our King who sits on the throne

“I am a friend of God,” says one contemporary worship song. “We are children of God,” proclaims the apostle John in one of his epistles. (I John 3:1) And yet while both are true, one thing that we should never … Continue reading

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Hebrews 7 — King of righteousness, King of peace, our Priest forever

Merry Christmas from Japan, everyone. As we remember Christ today, I suppose it’s only appropriate to read this passage and remember just who he is. And he is far more than a baby in a manger. The writer of Hebrews … Continue reading

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John 19:14-15 — Who is your king?

As we look at the interaction between Pilate and the chief priests, we see one of the great ironies of scripture.  On one hand, we have this pagan governor who has little or no concept of who God really is, … Continue reading

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Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-16 — The Lord needs it

We have now reached the home stretch of the life of Jesus, his final week. As I read this passage, one phrase struck me.  Jesus was instructing his disciples to do something very unusual, to go into the village, and … 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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Psalm 110 — Our King and Priest

Today, we see one of the most famous Messianic psalms.  Jesus, himself quoted it in posing a puzzle to the Pharisees (Matthew 22:41-45). And here, Yahweh (the LORD, that is, God the Father) says to the Messiah (David’s Lord), Sit … Continue reading

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Psalm 24 — Making way for the King

In the last psalm, we saw God as a loving shepherd.  Here we see him as king. On what basis does he claim that title?  That he is our creator.  David sang, The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in … Continue reading

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