In our Urbanova congregation, we memorize a Bible verse each week. For this twenty-fourth week of 2019, our verse is Ecclesiastes 12.13. I also used it as the text for my message June 9.
This month at Forthright Magazine, we highlight the theme of duty. So I’d like to share the points I mentioned in my message yesterday from Solomon’s great conclusion to his book.
He wrote in verses 13-14: Continue reading “What it means to be truly human, or the whole duty of man”
Humans were created to seek their worth in God. When man cut himself off from God, he began to seek his worth in other things. No longer did he have God’s measure for himself and his existence. He lacked any objective, spiritual ruler for himself.
The prophet Jeremiah speaks of man’s casting about for worth as glorying. To glory in something is man’s attempt to raise himself up and value himself. Having rejected God’s measure, he winds up comparing himself to others. The weeping prophet must have cried when he wrote: Continue reading “Our glory, to know God”
Writers of the various books and letters contained in holy Scripture sometimes spell out why they wrote. They include purpose statements or declarations of what they hoped to accomplish, what effect they hoped to have on their readers.
John was clear about the reason for taking up his quill—faith and life. Continue reading “What’s the Bible for?”
“For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins” Hebrews 5:1 ESV.
Religion is not primarily a social affair. Christianity, as God gave it to mankind, does not deal principally with one’s neighbor. It’s primary purpose is “in relation to God.” Continue reading “In Relation to God”
“Problems should make us run to God, not run from him.” So I wrote to Darrin a few days ago. His wife has cancer. His mother-in-law, not the meekest of people, has been living with them for months, to lend a hand. His life is topsy-turvy. And he’s quit meeting with the saints. He says he needs some time to think. So I told him this was time to cling to God. In a symbolic act, the Lord told the prophet Jeremiah to buy a new linen loincloth and wrap it around his waist (Jeremiah 13). Scholars are not sure … Continue reading Cling to God