'Israel' Tagged Posts

'Israel' Tagged Posts

THE GREAT SIMPLIFIER

People sometimes complain that the Bible is too difficult, that they can’t understand it.  Certainly, like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. It does take faithful Bible reading habits to connect some of the dots, to see sinful man and a sinless Christ in the ceremonies and sacrifices of Leviticus, to get a handle on the numerous kings of Judah and…

OASIS OR MIRAGE?

You’ve probably seen a few mirages in your day.  Drive down the highway on a hot summer day and sometimes the pavement up ahead looks like a shiny lake – but it keeps melting away as you approach it.    It’s just a mirage. Light bends differently in the hot air near the surface of the road. Look into a glass of water with a pencil in it and the pencil seems to be broken…

THE CHRISTIAN’S DUAL CITIZENSHIP

The Pharisees tried to get Jesus onto thin ice:  “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” If Jesus says, “Yes,” then He comes off as siding with Rome against His own people.  If He says, “No,” then He opens Himself up to charges of revolt against Rome.   Holding up a coin, Jesus asks:  “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”   “Caesar’s,” they reply. Jesus…

LESSONS FROM THE WILDERNESS

God was no miser to His Old Testament people.  He drenched all of them with grace, an undeserved love that foreshadowed the word and sacraments in which He wraps you and me today.   The pillar of cloud and fire went before them like unto Him who said:  “I am the Light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”   They…

“JUST AS HE SAID!”

In Matthew’s account of Easter morning, the angel says to the women:  “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” The angel knew why the women were there, what low expectations they brought with them, unmindful that Jesus would rise “as He said.” We are so used to promises that…