Reading with M’Cheyne
Iain D Campbell
What did the exodus mean for God's people? First, it meant victory over the Egyptians. Exodus 12 uses the language of warfare as it describes the people of God leaving the land of their captors. It was as an army ready for battle that they left Egypt (13:18), and like an army who had plundered...
Iain D Campbell
God's redeemed people are a consecrated people. Jesus died to sanctify the people, not just to save them (Hebrews 13:12). The reference to the consecration of the firstborn in this chapter is another important link in the unfolding of this narrative. Israel was God's firstborn (4:22); God struck...
Iain D Campbell
Suddenly Pharoah awakens to the realisation of what has happened - Israel has left Egypt! How could they have allowed this to happen? Pharaoh marshalls his troops and pursues after Israel with hardened heart in order to prevent them escaping. This chapter juxtaposes God's sovereign judgement on...
Iain D Campbell
Deliverance always leads to praise! God's people praise him because he has redeemed them; worthy of all praise as our Creator, he is especially to be worshipped as our Redeemer and Saviour. What are the themes of their song? First, they sing of the greatness of God. They rejoice in his name: the...
Iain D Campbell
God's provision for his people exceeded their expectations. God promised that he would 'rain down' bread from Heaven, and for forty years in the wilderness, he fed his people with Manna (Psalm 78:24-25). Several things about the manna are worth noting. First, this was a supernatural provision...
Burk Parsons
2 Corinthians 7:8-9 For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it--though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. In reflecting on his...
Burk Parsons
2 Corinthians 8:7-8 But as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you--see that you excel in this act of grace also. I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. Words and their...
Burk Parsons
2 Corinthians 9:13-14 "By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing...
Burk Parsons
2 Corinthians 10:17-18 "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. Reformed theology is a humbling theology. It gets to the heart of the biblical message about the heart of man and the heart of God. If...
Burk Parsons
2 Cor 11:28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. The apostle Paul was a burdened man. He was not burdened in the sense that he carried a burden of guilt on his back but was burdened in that he possessed deep, abiding, and genuine care...