The Philistine armies defeated Israel and captured the ark of the covenant. Although they had conquered Israel, the Philistine soon discovered that they were no match for Israel’s God. When the people of God cry out to him with true repentance, God helps them recover the glory he has made them to enjoy.
The best athletes in the world know that in order to perform at the highest level, they have to develop a high level of self-control. Similarly, Christians practice self-control in pursuit of a prize greater than any athlete could ever win. The Holy Spirit is the Christians’ trainer and coach, keeping them in step with […]
The fifth “primary” judge is a man named Jephthah, whose story is one of the most tragic in all the Bible. In response to the people’s surface confession, God leaves them to their own devices in securing their deliverance from the oppression of the Ammonites. Jephthah’s initial success is ensured by God, but the apparent […]
Salvation is entirely due to God’s free grace. Human effort receives no credit. But throughout history God has been pleased to communicate his grace to his people through physical, visible signs. Although we may be tempted to worship the signs rather than that which they signify, we must not make the opposite mistake of despising […]
The Seventh Commandment addresses the important social topics of marriage, commitment, and sex. By forbidding adultery, the commandment first establishes that marriage is honorable and that God cares a great deal about its success. The key to marital success is faithfulness to the marriage covenant, where a marriage becomes a holy relationship between two unholy […]
The first commandment in the Ten Words is, “You shall have no other gods before me.” It is the foundational decree of the Ten Commandments, calling for the maintaining of the covenant between God and his people. The breaking of this decree is the sin of idolatry, which is the most common sin in the […]