And what, you might ask, is a sacrifice that costs nothing? Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? Don’t all sacrifices cost something?
David used a phrase something like the one in the title of this article. He wanted to offer a sacrifice just outside Jerusalem on the land of an Israelite named Araunah. To his credit, Araunah offered the king all the resources needed for a sacrifice. Here they are, he declared, the wood, the oxen, the fire. That’s when David used the phrase, “a sacrifice that cost me nothing.” Continue reading “The sacrifice that costs nothing”
The threads of salvation are interwoven through every page of Scripture. Certainly, we should do all we can to understand them.
Sometimes the terminology eludes us because we don’t use it in daily life. Propitiation is a prime example. We find it in Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17; 1 John 2:2; 4:10 and since it pertains to our Lord and our salvation, it’s imperative that we understand it. Continue reading “What is propitiation?”
What is the abundant life?
Jesus said that he came that people might have an abundant life (John 10:10). The prosperity preachers think that Jesus meant he came so that we would be rich in money and possessions. How truly they misunderstand the son of God!
A study of John 10 shows exactly what Jesus meant. The Lord began by saying he is the door of the sheep (John 10:1, 7). After the sheep were placed in an enclosure for the night, the shepherd put his body across the entrance. Wolves would, therefore, have to take the shepherd’s life before gaining access to the sheep. Continue reading “Abundant life is a life sacrificed”
What have you sacrificed today? This is not a question we normally go around asking each other.
Under the Mosaic Covenant, various animals were killed and offered in sacrifice to God on a daily basis. Sometimes these animals were burnt whole but more often parts were burned and the rest cooked and eaten to indicate a person’s fellowship with God. Which brings us back to the question. Continue reading “What have you sacrificed today?”
Have you ever contrasted the Old Testament system of sacrifices and worship with what we have in the New Testament?
It would appear, from what is contained in the Letter to the Hebrews, that many Christians from a Jewish background were beginning to turn their backs on Jesus to return to the Old Mosaic Law. The writer of Hebrews wrote (many think this may have originally been a sermon) to show that going back to the Law of Moses was a step backward. Continue reading “A better covenant”
One of the most difficult passages for some people to comprehend in the Bible is when God asked Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. I can remember studying with various people over the years and this incident be brought up to try and show that there is something wrong with a God who would ask that you sacrifice your only son. I would suggest that if this is all we take from this scripture, that we have missed what is going on. Continue reading “Faith and works”
“Superman” was popular in my neighborhood in the 1960s. His two most amazing abilities were his x-ray vision and flight. We thought it must be amazing to be able to see inside buildings like Superman could.
There was a real person who lived who could see inside a person’s mind. It was Jesus Christ. In John 1:48, Jesus looked into Nathaniel’s mind and told him he was able to see him although they were separated by some distance. Continue reading “Giving as God would have it”
“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1 NASB).
This verse has been on my mind almost every day as this Sunday approached. On that day, we will observe an undeclared holiday: Father’s Day. Continue reading “See how great a love!”
If you are an over-the-top animal lover, stop reading right now. I love animals, too; but what is happening in my garden is making me irritated and angry.
I came home a couple of days ago to see that my backyard had been turned into a rabbit dance hall. At least three very large and obviously well-fed bunnies were playing tag and dancing in the garden. Continue reading “Varmints, critters, and animal sacrifices”
When we start talking principles, someone eventually comes along who does not like the principles and says, “‘people are more important than principles,” and for them that’s the end of the matter. Often, though, those same folk will make the “greater good” argument when it comes to their own principles. Continue reading “People-embodied principles”