The Gods Have Visited Men

The Gods Have Visited Men

The Gods Have Visited Men. Acts 14: 8 – 18. Luke’s perspective of the evangel’s passage following Paul’s three missionary journeys are peppered with cultural and historical observations of the day that dovetailed into its message, with some incidents detailing supernatural interventions (Acts 13 -20). The most familiar of these[…]

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Life's Two Roads

Life’s Two Roads

Life’s Two Roads. Psalm 1. Except for the anonymously written Psalms 1 and 33, King David authored the 39 others in the first Book of the Hebrew Psalter. As wisdom literature, Psalm 1 sets an uncompromising picture contrasting the righteous and the wicked individual as man’s journey towards a holy[…]

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Adultery Personified.

Adultery Personified

Adultery Personified. Ezekiel 16. Interpreting sexual rhetoric, particularly within the Biblical context, can be quite shocking. When it comes to spiritual intimacy with Yahweh, where His eternal holiness is uncompromising, Israel’s unfaithfulness and her complacency to it, resulted in a vivid and honest appraisal of their dire condition through the[…]

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The God Who Became Man.

The God Who Became Man

The God Who Became Man. It is remarkable that God did not surprise humanity with His sudden physical appearance, but He looked forward to it with amazing indefatigable anticipation, repetitively addressing His exciting intent with deplorable man, through His Prophets. His persistent visitations with men like Abraham on his pilgrimage,[…]

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The Fourth Man

The Fourth Man

The Fourth Man. Daniel 3. The Babylonian Empire was still at the height of her power in the Near East, when King Nebuchadnezzar II invaded the Kingdom of Judah in 586 BC, capturing Jerusalem, and removing the top echelons of Jewish society to Babylon, the Empire’s capital city, with her famed hanging gardens.[…]

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A Just and Compassionate God.

A Just and Compassionate God

A Just and Compassionate God. Psalm 146. The Psalmist first reminded us by his perceptive appreciation of God’s absolute trustworthiness and almighty creative power by comparing these eternal attributes with man’s innate follies (Ps 146:6). This portrayal of our Creator, as the be-all-and-end-all of man’s ultimate hope is future-oriented, and[…]

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Social Justice

Social Justice

Social Justice. Isaiah 58. Ostensibly, the observances of fasts appear to be the topic broached by the Prophet Isaiah, but God had a bone to pick with the Israelites’ underlying intentions in this sacred practice and their gratuitous lifestyle. The Lord’s indignation is demonstrated from his descriptive charge; He required[…]

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Self-Righteousness

Self-Righteousness

Self-Righteousness. Jonah 2 – 4. Most are well versed with Jonah’s differences with God over the Babylonian Ninevites. After being disgorged from the mouth of a giant fish, he made his long trek to Nineveh, and his reluctant preaching resulted in their repentance. His not so shocking response to God’s[…]

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Black-and-White Perspectives

Black-and-White Perspectives

Black-and-White Perspectives. Job. Within the Biblical context, Job’s exemplary perseverance is legend. But that does not do justice to the process and the perspectives weaved into the untidy narrative by different characters and entities, providing us a rich and stranger than life background on how earthly-minded participants attempt to discern[…]

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Our Identity in Christ.

Our Identity in Christ

Our Identity in Christ. Galatians 2: 11 – 21 The underlying cause of this deeply embarrassing event between the Apostles Peter and Paul at Antioch, resurfaced in the Galatian Church, and Paul’s account in his Letter to them holds significant lessons for our instruction. Without doubt, it sheds light on[…]

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The Spirit of Obedience

The Spirit of Obedience

The Spirit of Obedience. 2 Corinthians 3. Reading through the Biblical accounts of God’s people in the Old Testament presents an invariable notion that obedience to Yahweh is never a forgone conclusion. God’s language recorded by Isaiah illustrated His frustrations and anger: He called them a rebellious people, deceitful children,[…]

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God’s Discreet Presence

God’s Discreet Presence

God’s Discreet Presence Genesis 37, 39-48 In human terms, the enigma of Joseph’s teen years was truly pathetic. Nevertheless, how events finally unfolded towards Jacob’s twilight years is reassuring as God did not give up on this profoundly dysfunctional family, but took particular pains to weave His plans around them[…]

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Inescapable Holiness

Inescapable Holiness

Inescapable Holiness. Joshua 5:13 – 6:21.                   The Israelite invasion party was camped at a safe distance outside Jericho. Joshua was pensive, as he stood alone looking towards the city, and probably wondering how they could possibly overcome its impregnable fortification. Nothing[…]

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A Passion For God

A Passion For God Psalm 63 The brief portrayals in this Psalm of King David (together with Psalms 61 and 62) place them during the time when he was fleeing from Absalom, who had rebelled against him and successfully usurped his father’s throne (2 Sam 15-18). Driven out of Jerusalem,[…]

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Encountering God

Encountering God Genesis 28: 10 – 22 The story of Jacob is fraught with mishaps and crafty ingenuity that plays out like a tragicomedy, interspersed with morsels of God’s gracious interventions. With the discovery of his mother’s nefarious plot stealing Esau’s blessing from Isaac, Jacob was immediately sent to Rebekah’s[…]

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A Noble Character

A Noble Character The Book of Ruth The Ruth narrative is unusual in its historical Hebrew context, with Elimelech leaving the Promised Land, due to famine, when the normal ceaseless Israelite aspiration led to it, and what is more, the focus of the story is a Moabite widow, symbolized as[…]

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Communing With God

Communing With God Ephesians 3: 14 – 21 Was Paul being facetious in his prayer for the Ephesian believers? After all, through faith, they already had Christ dwelling in their hearts (Eph 3:16-18). Apart from its rich theological propositions, the prayer goes beyond its cognitive spiritual language, into the practical[…]

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Live Wisely

Live Wisely Colossians 4: 2 – 6 Paul was writing to the church in the city of Colossae in Asia Minor even though he had never visited them. He set out to correct their errors of religious relativism in paganism and secular philosophy, pointing them back to Christ, in whom[…]

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