Psalm 64: Hide Me from the Wicked

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.1Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;preserve my life from dread of the enemy.2Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,from the throng of evildoers,3who whet their tongues like swords,who aim bitter words like arrows,4shooting from ambush at the blameless,shooting at him suddenly and without fear.5They hold … Continue reading Psalm 64: Hide Me from the Wicked

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Psalm 63: My Soul Thirsts For You

I did the Psalms a little different last year but didn't like it quite as much, so I'm returning to the original format. 1O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;my soul thirsts for you;my flesh faints for you,as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.2So I have looked … Continue reading Psalm 63: My Soul Thirsts For You

Matthew 25: Waiting on God when He’s right in front of us

For the text of Matthew 25, click here. The chapter opens with a parable. This one is about 10 virgins looking for a husband. This in itself should show a little about what the word virgin meant in this time. Jesus uses it as a synonym for unmarried women. Sure, it could just be a … Continue reading Matthew 25: Waiting on God when He’s right in front of us

Matthew 24: Some eschatology

For the text of Matthew 24, click here. The chapter begins with Jesus letting the disciples know that the temples was not going to last forever. It's written as kind of a footnote, but I feel like there was more significance to that for a few reasons. First off, if I was following someone to … Continue reading Matthew 24: Some eschatology

Matthew 23: Woes

For the text of Matthew 23, click here. Jesus pretty much goes on a rant here about what hypocrites the Pharisees and scribes are. It's a little scary because I feel like we all get into these periods of our lives where we feel like the experts who sit around telling everyone what to do … Continue reading Matthew 23: Woes

Matthew 21: Arriving in Jerusalem

For the text of Matthew 21, click here. At the end of the last chapter, Jesus and His followers were leaving Jericho, which is near the border of Judea and Perea (modern Jordan). Chapter 12 begins with them getting closer and into the Mount of Olives and Bethpage. Jesus quotes the prophecy about Him coming … Continue reading Matthew 21: Arriving in Jerusalem

Matthew 20: Fairness and service

For the text of Matthew 20, click here. First thing in this chapter is a comparison of God to the master of a vineyard who shows mercy to those who have worked there. He begins by making a deal with a set of workers for a certain wage and a certain amount of work. To … Continue reading Matthew 20: Fairness and service

Matthew 19: Teaching in Judea

For the text of Matthew 19, click here. The text begins with a fairly simple statement about travel, but then I looked at my map of the region and confused myself. I had previously bought this amazing book that had maps so I could visualize all the travel called Deluxe Then and Now Bible Maps. … Continue reading Matthew 19: Teaching in Judea

Matthew 18: Lessons on Sin and Forgiveness

For the text of Matthew 18, click here.   The first story of this chapter is often used to remind people that children exemplify the faith and/or humility required to be among the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, but what does that mean? I mean, Jesus is certainly not talking about modern children. I … Continue reading Matthew 18: Lessons on Sin and Forgiveness

Matthew 17: How big is a mustard seed

For the text of Matthew 17, click here.  Jesus goes up the mountain with three disciples who all see Elijah and Moses talking to Him. This in itself is pretty remarkable. Elijah is the most famous of the prophets and Moses led the Israelites out of slavery. This is the company of some pretty amazing … Continue reading Matthew 17: How big is a mustard seed