Bible Study Commentaries
Apr 20, 2014
The order of the miracles Jesus performed presents our Lord’s plan for a stable society as well as the evidence for who He is. In His first miracle, He met the needs for the success of a marriage ceremony in Cana of Galilee (John 2:11). Two relevant applications stand out. First, He chose carefully the circumstances of His first miracle involving a home. Sin began with Adam and Eve, the first home. Jesus signaled to us the imperative of the family in a stable society. It is no mere happenstance that the biblical standard for the home is being assailed roundly in American society to define radically what is meant by marriage. The second truth shown in His miracles reveal His control of both natural and spiritual orders.
Apr 13, 2014
Our Scripture passage for today presents us with a marvelous opportunity to present our Lord’s resurrection from an exciting perspective. Beginning with the unquestioned importance of His resurrection, the Bible then piles experience on experience until we find ourselves breathless at what is presented. We accept each new aspect with the utmost respect and reverence. We introduce each new thought with the superlative word “greatest.”
Apr 13, 2014
The core affirmation of the Christian faith is the amazing claim that “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14) died. The death of Jesus was not an accident, but the purposive plan of God. Jesus did not die as a victim. He voluntarily surrendered His life to death as He died for the sins of humanity.
Apr 6, 2014
We can identify with David’s actions in our assigned text. We have gone through a series of wars, beginning with World War II (1941-45), the Korean Conflict (1950-53), the Vietnam War (1963-75) and the Middle East wars for about two decades. In their aftermaths we tried as a nation to help our wounded warriors and their families. David’s actions fall into this category. After ruling in Judah for seven and a half years and over all Israel for nine years, he took advantage of the cessation of battles to carry out a neglected responsibility.
Apr 6, 2014
The older I become the more I discover friendships mean more to me. As one who is an introvert by natural disposition, I particularly cherish the rich friendships I have within the community of faith. Not surprisingly, friendship is an important theme within God’s Wisdom Book. Proverbs contains godly wisdom for choosing friends, maintaining friends, and how to deal with friction points with our friends.
Mar 30, 2014
We Baptists call ourselves a people of the Book, meaning the Bible. We contend publicly for the right to publish the Ten Commandments in public places as well as plaques in our homes. Even a casual investigation shows we do not observe the fourth commandment to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. We worship on Sunday. How did this disconnect come about? The reason most Christian denominations worship on Sunday is understood in the light of the history of Israel.
Mar 30, 2014
Years ago, I conducted a study of finances in Proverbs. I began by listing every reference to finances I could find within God’s Wisdom book. My list of financial passages from Proverbs filled up four long legal pad sheets. The implications of Proverbs financial teachings are radical.
Mar 23, 2014
The necessity of working your plan is good advice, but only if the plan has a reasonable prospect of leading to success. The chances of a new business surviving the first year are quite small. One of my childish efforts at growing vegetables illustrates the point. Because I used to sell Grit Magazine, I was sent some packets of garden vegetable seeds to sell to customers. When I saw those pictures of lush tomatoes, I could hardly wait to plant some seeds. So, I went into the back yard and planted some seeds among the roots of a pine tree. Watering did not help. The venture was doomed from the start. What general principles for spiritual application can we follow?
Mar 23, 2014
I teach a class called Christian worldview. During the class, I teach a brief section titled, “You might be a slacker if. ...” The slacker or sluggard is an important character within the book of Proverbs. The Hebrew term translated “slacker” or “sluggard occurs 14 times. Proverbs sets forth contrasting types of people. For example, throughout the book Solomon contrasted the wise and the fool. Proverbs contrasted the lazy slacker with the diligent and the righteous. In God’s book of Wisdom, laziness is both a character flaw and a moral issue. The consequences of laziness are devastating.
Mar 16, 2014
I have altered my usual approach of dealing with the text and then inserting relevant application. In today’s lesson, I am beginning with a brief overview of the assigned verses, namely, in 8:10-15. The Bible urges the Corinthian believers to fulfill a pledge made a year ago to take up an offering to aid the struggling Jerusalem Christians. Second Corinthians 9:1-5 adds further encouragement to gather the funds in anticipation of Titus and two unnamed brothers taking the donation to Jerusalem. Two principles stand out. First, the money was collected from church gifts and not from individuals. Secondly, the funds were handled by a designated group. Because the Southern Baptist Convention has marvelously applied those two principles, I take the liberty of explaining how and why we do our work.