Isaiah 6

The Lord is still on the throne Section 1f: The introductory section of Isaiah’s prophecy concludes with this awesome vision of the holy presence of the triune God, who is revealed to Isaiah in the Son (John 12:37-41), who as King and Lord of hosts rightfully sits upon the sovereign throne of God. This was…

Hosea 6 & 7

Section 4: The condemnation continues with Israel being likened to a hot oven and a silly dove. In this section the Lord calls for Israel to leave off their empty rituals and come to know Him: “I will have mercy and not sacrifice”, a verse quoted by the Lord Jesus twice in Matthew 9:13 and…

Jonah 2

Today we ask the question, what happens when a Christian sins? As we consider Jonah’s experience and his prayer, we are drawn back to the cross – the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we learn that our God is a God of restoration and life. Indeed, it is out of this…

Safa and Marwa

I’m sure all Muslims know about Safa and Marwa, for these are the two mountains which pilgrims to Mecca traverse between seven times in what is called Sa’ee (سَعِي‎), but the truth is far more significant. The Islamic Tradition We read of this traditional Islamic ritual in the Qur’an, though it is quite vague, and…

Questioning the Quran #1:1

Allah’s mercy is not mercy as we know it! بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ (Surah 1:1) The above quotation, translated as ‘In the name of Allah, the most compassionate, the most merciful’, is a common refrain throughout the Qur’an, and it is this attribute of mercy that is one of the most often spoken of in…

Did Jesus really die for our sins?

[article originally by Mr.P – edited by ALM] Once, when I told a contact that ‘Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture‘ (1 Corinthians 15:3), the challenge came back: “There is no clear text for this huge part of your faith that Christ died for our sins. He never mentioned this out of…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 119:169-176

Live Life by Praising God I trust you’ve found our journey through this epic psalm to be profitable. It certainly is very practical, and there’s plenty for us to work on, whether in relation to personal character, social behaviour, or spiritual attitude and action. I think it will be helpful to look back and summarise…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 119:129-152

The Wondrous Word and Work of Christ Peh – The Wondering Man ‘Something unusual and extraordinary. A marvellous and wonderful thing!’ This is the definition for the first word of this section, and I find it instructive that this is the theme in the 17th out of 22 sections. Marvel and amazement at an object…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 116

What shall I render unto the LORD? This question is the very personal response of the heart of the saint to the LORD’s redemptive blessing in their lives. It is not asked out of duty, but out of love, and this opening declaration sets the tone for the whole psalm. ‘I love the LORD, because…

Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 104c

Sweet Meditations I trust you’ve been enjoying this journey through the poetic creation week. We have only touched on one or two points each day that have led our thoughts to Christ, but there is so much more to meditate on in your own devotions. Days Five & Six ‘this great and wide sea, wherein…

Redemption – we all need it!

We all love a good story about redemption.  A human hero, warts and all, who overcomes weakness to win the day.  We love it because we live it.  We identify with the weakness and maybe even the warts, and we hope to overcome, to win. Redemption is such a common theme that GoodReads has a shelf…