Scripture: And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the slave, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor. The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered; for… Read More End of the Earth
Scripture: Luke 21:5-19 Jesus said: “The days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another…” (verse 6). “They will lay their hands on you and persecute you,…you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake.” (verse 12) The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in… Read More Woe or Witness?
Scripture: Luke 20:45-21:4 Key Verse(s): “For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:4 Observation: Jesus speaks out against the action of the scribes. He is critical of their need for attention and to be served. Jesus points out that… Read More Generous Poverty
Scripture: Luke 17:11-19 Key Verse(s): Then Jesus said to him, “Get up and go. Your faith has healed you.” (v. 19) Observation: This passage begins with Luke reminding us that Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem; that is on his way to the cross. With the cross in mind, Luke tells us the healing… Read More Healed to Bring Healing
Scripture Reading: Amos 8:4-7 Key Verse(s): When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair… Read More Is Sunday Over Yet?
Scripture: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Key Verse(s): Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. Observation: This passage from Isaiah presents us with a persistent theological debate. On the one hand,… Read More Disobedient Sacrifice
Scripture: Psalm 119:17-32 Key Verse(s): Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. (v. 18) Observation: The author of this Psalm is longing to make the law the center of his life. Indeed, the author equates obedience to the law with truly living. The author proclaims that the law is wondrously good.… Read More Down By Law
Scripture: Hosea 5:1-15 Key Verse(s): I, even I, will tear and go away; I will carry off, and no one shall rescue. I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me. (v. 14b-15) Observation: The prophecy of Hosea is a prophecy of judgment that makes some… Read More A Loving God?
Scripture: John 6:41-51 Key Verse(s): Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. (v. 49-50) Observation: Jesus speaks to a crowd that feels they already know him well. They know his family and are… Read More All The Way Live
Scripture: Acts 19:28-41 Key Verse(s): For we really are in danger of being charged with rioting today, since there is no cause that we can give to justify this commotion. (verse 40) Observation: “When they heard this” refers to the fact that Paul was effectively spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in Asia. His words and… Read More Quiet the Riot