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Category: Gems from the Old Testament

GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8) “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep.” Our first reaction to these words may be, “Well, of course David slept in peace. He was the king of Israel; powerful, popular, wealthy. He lived in a palace. Read More
“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8) “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep.” Our first reaction to these words may be, “Well, of course David slept in peace. He was the king of Israel; powerful, popular, wealthy. He lived in a palace. People referred to him Read More
Circuit-riding should not be totally unknown to us. Modern competition cowboys ride circuits as well as horses and bulls. Judges in the sparsely populated Old West traveled their circuits of responsibility. And so did some pastors in earlier days, when congregations or preaching stations outnumbered them. One story passed down by my uncle had to Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
“Don’t just sit there—do something!” This familiar adage applies in many situations. The crops won’t plant themselves in the spring. The cereal spilled all over the floor isn’t going to clean up itself. “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” (2 Thessalonians Read More

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“And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 As a boy, I often puzzled over the gifts of the Magi. Gold was certainly a treasure. But what was myrrh, and who was Frank? Eventually, I realized that “Frank” was not a person but a nation; that Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
When I was attending grade school, some of the biggest infractions were chewing gum in class, throwing chalk, and running in the hallways. When caught, most kids were quick to proclaim their innocence. Who, me? was uttered with a feigned look of surprise. One boy was so good at this Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
In the history of the kings that followed King David, those kings are often compared to him. Sometimes it is by contrast: “. . . was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David.” (1 Kings 15:3) At other times it is favorable: “Asa Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT THE HYSSOP PLANT is mentioned twelve times in Scripture1—ten times in the Old Testament and twice in the New. The most familiar reference may be Psalm 51:7, where David writes, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Of the twelve verses in Read More
It has been correctly observed that genuine, God-centered worship is not limited to worship services. With their entire lives, God’s children worship the God of their creation and redemption. Our worship reveres God, and that includes expressions of exultation, such as “Praise the Lord!” This is much more than emotion. Genuine praise is based Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
The Bible mentions more than one hundred plants, herbs, and trees; everything from acacia and aloe to wheat and wormwood. Knowing the appearance and properties of these plants can help us better understand their use in Scripture. For example, consider the mandrake plants referenced in Genesis Read More