Manasseh, one of the kings of Judah, was not a good man. He brought a great deal of grief upon his people. He ruled for 55 years and is described by the author of 2 Kings as the evilest king in the nation’s history (2 Kgs 21:1-16). When God gave the Jews the Promised Land,
One lesson from the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant in Matt 18:21-35 is that as believers, we have received grace from God. When we come down hard on others who sin, it is often true that we have been guilty of the same sin. We need to look at ourselves before being quick to judge
Psalm 106 is, in one sense at least, like the speech of Stephen right before he is stoned to death by the Jews in Acts 7. The psalmist reviews the history of the Jewish people. It is not a pretty picture. He speaks of their many sins. These sins included complaining against God, idolatry, sacrificing
One of the unique characteristics of the book of Mark is that it is the only Gospel that comments that the Lord’s believing disciples had hard hearts. Mark himself tells us so (6:52), and the Lord does as well (8:17). Many have commented that the Gospel of Mark paints the disciples in a more negative
In Jesus’ sermon on the plain, He gives some extremely demanding commands: “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also.
Tax refund season is coming up. Are you hoping for a nice return from the government? It makes you feel rich, doesn’t it? What will you spend it on? Did you know that God is rich? And more importantly, He likes to spend! By contrast, the Ephesians were poor. In fact, in a manner of
by Zane Hodges, originally published in the July/August 2009 edition of Grace in Focus The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 Peter’s point, of course, is that what