Archive for July 24, 2012
Myrrh may well be chosen as the type of Jesus on account of its preciousness, its perfume, its pleasantness, its healing, preserving, disinfecting qualities, and its connection with sacrifice. But why is he compared to “a bundle of myrrh”? First, for plenty. He is not a drop of it, he is a casket full. He is not a sprig or flower of it, but a whole bundle. There is enough in Christ for all my necessities; let me not be slow to avail myself of him. Our well-beloved is compared to a “bundle” again, for variety: for there is in More >
In Matthew 21:46, when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.
I get weary when I hear how “tolerant” Christians are supposed to be. It seems many people confuse tolerance with patience. The world always preaches how Christians should be tolerant of everything disregarding the truth, but in John 8:45 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth,” and in Ephesians 4:15, Paul writes, “speaking the truth in love,” and then he writes in Ephesians 4:25, ten verses later, “speaking truthfully to your neighbor.” To take it a step further, in More >
In Matthew 1:19, Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace Mary (because she was pregnant before being officially married), planned to send her away secretly.
Over and over again, God shows us how He knows the our heart. While some try to argue that God chose Mary because she was “sinless”, I wonder why nobody argues that Joseph was also sinless? After all, Joseph had the power to stone Mary on the grounds of her being unfaithful. Wow! When we looking at all the obstacles that Jesus had to go through even at the time of His conception, it More >
These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up.” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and More >