April 2010 Archives

MDB 82: Hebrews 2

Article by   April 2010
While chapter divisions in our Bible can be useful for finding your place and referencing various passages of Scripture, here we have a particularly unfortunate case where the flow of Hebrews is interrupted. This letter needs not to be sipped,... continue

MDB 81: Hebrews 1

Article by   April 2010
"Jesus is better." That's a helpful way a commentator once summarized the letter to the Hebrews. This letter was written during a time of great crisis in the first century when it appeared the small, glowing embers of the church... continue

MDB 80: Psalm 34

Article by   April 2010
According to the title of Psalm 34, its contents reflect the time when David feigned madness before the Philistine Abimelech. Earlier, David's wife Michal had managed to give Saul's hit-men the slip, allowing David an opportunity to flee - eventually... continue

MDB 79: Psalm 33

Article by   April 2010
Like watchtowers of the soul, Psalm 33 begins and ends with a reminder of the "steadfast love" of God (5, 22, also 18). The word in Hebrew - chesed - suggests God's faithfulness to his covenant. His love isn't fickle... continue

MDB 78: Psalm 32

Article by   April 2010
There is gospel in this psalm. It may well reflect the incident when David's conscience condemned him for his adultery with Bathsheba in which case these words describe the burden of his conscience: "when I kept silent, my bones wasted... continue

MDB 77: Psalm 31

Article by   April 2010
Twice in this psalm (2, 9) David tells us how in difficult circumstances he resorted to prayer and the Lord heard him. Crises are to be met with prayer. David describes it as akin to entering a "fortress" (3) -... continue

MDB 76: Psalm 30

Article by   April 2010
Psalm 30 bears the superscription, "A Song at the Dedication of the Temple." Scholars debate the provenance of these titles but without any just reason and it is best to take them as part of the inerrant Scripture. Psalm 30... continue

MDB 75: 1 Tim 5

Article by   April 2010
Do you ever wonder whether the good that you do will be noticed? Do you feel sometimes that there is no point in refraining from that sin because no one is around? Paul reminds us in 1 Timothy 5:24-25 that there... continue

MDB 74: 1 Tim 4

Article by   April 2010
Many of us spend our mornings at the gym or running the city streets or riding our bikes on local trials. We are very concerned to make sure that we stay healthy and fit, getting up at crazy hours in... continue

MDB 73: 1 Tim 3

Article by   April 2010
Perhaps the main reason that Paul writes this letter to Timothy is so that "you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God" (3:15). The church exists as "a pillar and buttress of truth"; it confesses... continue
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