All tagged Oct 19

Discipline

The Scottish government recently voted on a bill that outlaws the use of reasonable physical chastisement on children. In doing so they violate the word of God, for it is unequivocally clear on this matter:

Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell” (Prov 23:13-14).

A Promised Kingdom

God gives us promised outcomes, but rarely works the way we expect. We lose perspective on His omniscience when we think God should be working in a different way. When we look for answers and ask for wisdom, He often graciously gives us encouragement and glimpses into His work. Zerubbabel the priest must have been concerned that the Jews were still under Gentile dominion. They had built the house, the LORD had promised glory, the people were reminded of their cleansing and blessing, but what of being under Persian rule? What about the fact that the LORD pronounced a curse upon their previous king and his family (Jeremiah 22:30)? The LORD had a plan for their future, just as He does for you. Zerubbabel would learn directly through Haggai that His plan for the Jews did not change and neither would He forsake Israel. Messianic and kingdom promises would not be circumnavigated.

Blessing for a Defiled People

Do you feel as if you are missing out on the blessing of God? If so it may be that you misinterpret what the blessing of God is, or it may be a matter of defilement in our life. Three months after resuming rebuilding the temple, Haggai has a message for the people concerning uncleanness and their lack of blessing. There was a direct connection, yet the people had not joined the dots. It is a message that follows on from Zechariah the previous month who pleaded with the people, “Turn ye unto Me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zech 1:3) Have you searched your heart lately?

The Upholder of All Things

Greta Thunberg has become a household name in recent months. She is the slightly awkward 16-year old wheeled out to face the media by the Climate Change lobby. There's something cynical about using a 16-year-old in this way. She self admittedly struggles with OCD and anxiety [1], and yet there she is on our screens and magazine covers telling us that we're going to be extinct if we're not carbon neutral by 2025. 

A Title written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin

Gospel writers, Luke and John, tell us the languages used on the superscription over the cross. “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews” (Jn 19:20), was writ large over the centre tree in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Generally speaking, Hebrew was the religious language, Greek was the common language of the Empire, reflecting the culture, philosophies and ideas of the day and Latin was the language of politics and rule.

Can God do Wonders in the Dark?

The experience of Heman the Ezrahite in Psalm 88 is one of Scripture’s nadirs. Whatever it was that had happened in his life it had hit him hard. People simply don’t say ‘your wrath lies hard on me’ when the weather is set fair. He has the presence of mind to ask a telling question; ‘Can God do wonders in the dark?’ In the context Heman was using darkness as a picture of death, but I want to answer that question using darkness as a picture of the difficult situations of life.