Answering the Question of “Who Shall Live on God’s Holy Hill?” From Psalm 15

A reconstruction of the tabernacle in the wilderness.

Today's post continues our studies from the Psalms. I am exploring them in order of length, starting with the shortest. Despite their short lengths, I have found value in each text, and I hope that you have too. We now come to Psalm 15, which is the first to be 5 verses in length. It is attributed to King David, and begins by asking some very important questions.

The Blessing of the Revelations of God to the Jewish People

An angel speaking to a person who is nearby. The angel's wing is prominent in the photo, with the angel standing to the side so that it is easier to see. Next to the angel is a person looking up to the angel's face.

Last year I began writing some articles on concepts from the Book of Romans. I've already discussed a few ideas from the first two chapters, but never shared anything on chapter three and onward. The reason is because I have not been able to write about the Jewish people being blessed by having the revelations of God. This is mentioned in Romans 3:2. I'm glad to say that I am finally sharing some thoughts on this verse today.

A Reflection on MacLaren’s Exposition of Psalm 134 and the Burning of Cloaks

A zoomed-in picture of a flame.

My last post pointed out that the priestly service was done during the day and night. While doing research for it I came upon a commentary that shed more light on that fact. MacLaren's Expositions describes how the temple was guarded and what would happen if someone was caught sleeping. His comments are what I want to reflect on today.

The Need for Humility, and Being Like a Weaned Child With a Mother From Psalm 131

A mother with her baby. She has a smile on her face, and is pressing her cheek up against her baby's. The has bright, blue eyes, and is looking into the distance. A couple of large chairs can be seen in the background.

I closed out last year with a study of the shortest psalm in the Bible. Today, I'm continuing our consideration of the Book of Psalms, and doing so based on length. Even though Psalm 131 is only 3 verses in length, there are some main ideas that immediately jump out at me. Two of these are not concerning myself with matters too wonderful for me, and the image of a weaned child with a mother.

Yahweh Is Worthy of Praise for His Faithfulness, As Taught in Psalm 117

Someone holding wood blocks from the game Scrabble that spell "Praise."

Near the end of August, I shared some thoughts on The Two Ways of Psalm 1. Now that we are coming to the close of 2019, I think tonight is a good time to return to this Book of Wisdom. The text of Psalm 117 focuses on two major ideas. These are that Yahweh is worthy of praise, and He is kind and faithful. Let's take a look at each of these!

Sheep and Goats, or the Two Ways of Matthew 25

A shepherd is with his sheep. He is standing in front of a fence with dozens of sheep behind him. A barn or farm house can be seen on the other side of the fence. Some trees are visible further down the fence line. At the left side of the image the sun is peeping over some mountains on the horizon.

What can we expect when Jesus comes in His glory and sits on the throne of His glory? Many things, but one of them is division! Matthew 25:31-46 provides an incredible and terrifying glimpse of the judgment to come. In the passage, Jesus separates people from all the nations as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. This will be great from some, and horrible for others.