Moreover, Solomon has taken his seat on the royal throne (1 Kings 1:46 NIV).
First of all we see God’s grace in action here. For Solomon’s parents, David and Bathsheba first met in an adulterous relationship. It was followed by murder. And then a series of tragic events in David’s family and kingdom as a result of these sins. But in the midst of such gross moral failure, God was … Read the rest
There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, “Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God” (Jeremiah 31:6 NIV).
What is fascinating in this verse is the changed role of watchmen! By duty, their role is to stand guard and report of any sign of danger. But here a day is spoken about when they will be encouraging people to … Read the rest
How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s daughter! (Song of Songs 7:1a NIV).
At first look, a person might wonder why God has included Song of Songs in the Bible at all! It is a very genuine thought. Why should such descriptions of physical beauty be described in such romantic, sexual and exciting language in the Bible? Isn’t it wrong?
The problem is not with God nor with the Bible … Read the rest
Then King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah the prophet and had him brought to the third entrance to the temple of the Lord (Jeremiah 38:14a NIV).
The title of this piece, “The Third Entrance of the Temple” would have made you curious; isn’t it so? Possibly yes. The Third Entrance stands for a secret meeting between a believer and God’s messenger. Here the inquirer is Zedekiah the king and the messenger … Read the rest
So why do you say nothing about bringing the king back? (2 Samuel 19:10b NIV).
Where is your king? Have you sent him away and anointed someone else to be your king? Look at history. King David had to flee because the people of Israel had made his son Absalom king. But Absalom died in battle. And the people were left without a king. Is this your situation today? Where … Read the rest
In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6 NIV).
This is a clear reference to Jesus Christ. He will be called Our Righteousness.
But what does righteousness mean? It is not easy to explain. In very simple terms, it represents someone’s ability to stand before God. Since God is … Read the rest
Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!” (2 Samuel 13:15 NIV).
Sin in someone close to you can be such a bad and corrupting example. David’s sin of adultery would have made his son Amnon thoughtless enough to commit sexual sin. The first lesson in this tragic story in the … Read the rest
And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return” (Judges 6:18b NIV).
It is surprising to note God-choices. He chose many who were not confident about themselves. He chose those who were afraid to step out. But he made leaders of such stuff as these. Even today he continues to do so. You may be one like Gideon. Afraid of the enemy and hiding from them. Trying to do … Read the rest
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him (Jeremiah 17:7 NIV).
Confidence is a word that is heard very much today. The world puts a great value on a confident person. They talk about self-confidence. But the Bible talks differently. It talks about God-confidence.
God Himself calls a man blessed who trusts in Him and whose confidence is in God. Such a person … Read the rest
He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful (Isaiah 30:23a NIV).
This is a promise which should put hope in the heart of all sowing God’s Word. Many times you might have been discouraged seeing no results in your ministry. Some get so discouraged that they stop sowing seeds altogether. This … Read the rest