Monthly Archives: August 2010

  • Psalm 119:25-32

    While on vacation Andria and I reflected on hypocrisy. No, not our own, those around us. I suppose that makes us good hypocrites too! Rather, our hypocrite meter — which is tuned very finely I might add – was being set off by those around us. It’s funny — or maybe not so funny — how we can see so clearly the hypocrisy in others all the while blinded to our own.

    Before God, his law exposes those things we hope we didn’t say aloud.

    God’s law exposes all forms of hypocrisy—both latent and blatant. It cuts deep, really deep. It exposes the wayward actions, of others. But it also exposes our own. Fine. But it also makes know the wayward “thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). Is it getting … Read More »

  • Psalm 119:17-24

    This section begins with a plea for God’s grace, “Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word.” (v 17). The word “bountiful” is a call for God’s grace and kindness. There is a specific gift which he sought in this petition. The Psalmist seeks that grace which the Holy Spirit exercises in illuminating the scripture to the mind. The Psalmist likens it to having his “eyes opened” in order that he may see the marvelous things in the Law of God (v. 18).

    The psalmist further likens his plight to being “a foreigner in a strange land.”

    His plea for illumination also implies that one is in a state of darkness. The psalmist further likens his plight to being “a foreigner in a strange land.” The land is God’s law, and it is foreign to him and … Read More »

  • Psalm 119:9-16

    The theme of this section of the psalm is fidelity to the Lord’s law. The desire and pursuit for righteousness is expressed in the words “How can a young man keep his way pure?” (Ps 119:9). Though purity is the goal, there is a tendency to apostasy which the psalmist recognized in his heart. The tendency is to seek to be free from the law in order to seek self satisfaction.

    …he realized the need to protect himself from the tendency to sin.

    For example, in verse 9, he mentioned “guarding” the way of life. That which is not in danger does not require protection. Thus, he realized the need to protect himself from the tendency to sin. Also, verse 16 mentioned the intended result of taking pleasure in the Lord’s statutes is “that I might not forget your word.” This term … Read More »

  • Reflections on God’s Law

    Church architecture is interesting to think about. My less than scientific observations have led me to conclude that the higher the church the more sophisticated the architecture and the lower the church the less sophisticated. For example, one does not normally expect to enter a cathedral-like setting when entering a Calvary Chapel and one does not expect to enter a gym when attending an Anglican church. These are not accidents or coincidences. One’s theological system will inevitably shape everything, including architecture. Therefore, you can tell a lot about a church and what they emphasize by giving the building a once over.

    This week I drove by what looked to be a fairly typical low church building. What stood out to me was something placed prominently on both sides of the church’s front door. … Read More »

  • Revelation 22

    The Bible tells one story, a story involving paradise, paradise lost and paradise restored. Read in this way it all fits together, it all makes sense. Because of this, then, we are not all that surprised when Revelation 22 harkens back to the beginning. In doing so, we are reminded of paradise, paradise lost, and encouraged by the hope of paradise restored.

    This is nothing less than the reversal of the curse experienced by Adam, and all those in him (Rom. 5:12),

    Like the original paradise of the garden of God in Eden, the Tree of Life is found in the new heavens and the new earth. Since Genesis 3:22-24 until now, the Tree of Life has been off limits. Here, however, in Revelation 22:2 (cf. 22:14; 19) free access to the Tree is described. Here the Tree is described as fruitful—“yielding … Read More »