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The Armor and Isaiah 52

The Armor and Isaiah 52Ephesians 6:14 Excerpt The soldier’s body armor (6:14), made of bronze scales or plates sewn on leather, protected his front and sometimes his back. Paul exhorted believers to find their protection in righteousness. Roman soldiers prepared for battle by putting on shoes that had short nails in their soles (6:15). These enabled them to stand firm and avoid slipping on the ground. Paul wanted believers to prepare themselves for spiritual battle with the gospel of peace. The Old Testament allusion is to Isaiah 52:7More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Glory

GloryIsaiah 6:3 Excerpt ‘Glory’ generally represents Heb. kāḇôḏ, with the root idea of ‘heaviness’ and so of ‘weight’ or ‘worthiness’. It is used of men to describe their wealth, splendour or reputation (though in the last sense kāḇôḏ is often rendered ‘honour’). The glory of Israel was not her armies but Yahweh (Je. 2:11). The word could also mean the self or soul (Gn. 49:6). The most important concept is that of the glory of Yahweh. This denotes the revelation of God’s being, nature and presence to mankind, sometimes with physical phenomena. In the Pentateuch the glory of Yahweh went with his people out of Egypt and was shown in the cloud which led them through the wilderness (Ex. 16:710). The cloud rested on Mt Sinai, where Moses saw his glory(Ex. 24:15–18). No man could see God’s face and live (Ex. 33:20), but some vision of his glory was granted (Ex. 34:5-8). The glory of Yahweh filled the tabernacle (Ex. 40:34–35) and appeared especially at the hour of sacrifice (Lv. 9:623). Thes…

Love leads to fellowship

Love leads to fellowshipExcerpt In 5:1–5John emphasizes the place of love in fellowship. He links love to faith (5:6–17Ps. 85:10–11) in cyclical thought. Right belief and right conduct go together (v. 1). The one who believes the truth that Jesus is the divine Messiah (2:224:214–155:5) gives evidence that he has been regenerated. Such faith also means love for both the divine Parent and the child born from him (a universal principle). Faith, doing right (2:293:9–10), and love (4:7) are evidences of birth from God. Verse 2 argues the reverse of 3:14–1517–194:20. We know personally that we are loving God’s children when we love God and practice his commands (to love and believe, 3:23). Love for God proves our love for others. Both loves are essential and interwoven. “Love for God” (v. 3) is defined as obedience: keeping his commands. The nature of his commands, though exacting, is not oppressive (Matt. 11:30). There is divine enablement (v. 4). Birth from God overcomes the …

Creation to be Liberated

Creation to be LiberatedRomans 8:19–21 Excerpt Paul introduces a theme that is basic in Jewish thought, and he relates it to the Christian hope. According to the Genesis account, man and the world in which he lives are so closely bound together that man’s sin brings a curse on the entire created order. According to Jewish thought, the reverse is also true; that is, when man is redeemed the universe in which he lives will share his destiny. Paul personifies the created order and depicts it as waiting with eager longing for that moment to take place. In keeping with his Christian conviction, Paul affirms that it will take place when God reveals his sons. The phrase that the TEV translates God to reveal his sons (so JB) is literally “for the revelation of the sons of God.” The logic behind this translation is in the observation that “revelation” describes an event rather than an object. And so the phrase “revelation of the sons of God” means “God will reveal his sons.”More Newman, Barclay M…

Connect the Testaments

February 21: Grace among the Graphic Leviticus 9–11; John 7:53–8:11; Song of Solomon 6:6–10 “Then he slaughtered the burnt offering, and Aaron’s sons brought the blood to him, and he sprinkled it on the altar all around; and they brought the burnt offering to him by its pieces, as well as the head, and he burned them on the altar” (Lev 9:12–13). There are graphic scenes like this throughout the Bible, especially in Leviticus. But they act as a reminder of what sacrifice looks like and what it really means. Even though Jesus would ultimately make the greatest sacrifice of all—laying down His life for the sins of others—He did not hold people’s sins against them. Although Jesus understood that He would be brutalized like the animals sacrificed during Aaron’s day, He chose to forgive people. When a woman “caught in adultery” was brought before Jesus, He did not sentence her to death, as was demanded by the Jewish authorities and laws of His time. Instead, He said, “The one of you without si…

Morning and Evening

Morning, February 21 Go To Evening Reading
“He hath said.” —Hebrews 13:5
If we can only grasp these words by faith, we have an all-conquering weapon in our hand. What doubt will not be slain by this two-edged sword? What fear is there which shall not fall smitten with a deadly wound before this arrow from the bow of God’s covenant? Will not the distresses of life and the pangs of death; will not the corruptions within, and the snares without; will not the trials from above, and the temptations from beneath, all seem but light afflictions, when we can hide ourselves beneath the bulwark of “He hath said”? Yes; whether for delight in our quietude, or for strength in our conflict, “He hath said” must be our daily resort. And this may teach us the extreme value of searching the Scriptures. There may be a promise in the Word which would exactly fit your case, but you may not know of it, and therefore you miss its comfort. You are like prisoners in a dungeon, and there may be one key in the bun…

My Utmost for His Highest

February 21st Have you ever been carried away for Him? She hath wrought a good work on Me.Mark 14:6. If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all. It may be affection, it may be warmth of feeling, but it has not the true nature of love in it. Have I ever been carried away to do something for God not because it was my duty, nor because it was useful, nor because there was anything in it at all beyond the fact that I love Him? Have I ever realized that I can bring to God things which are of value to Him, or am I mooning round the magnitude of His Redemption whilst there are any number of things I might be doing? Not Divine, colossal things which could be recorded as marvellous, but ordinary, simple human things which will give evidence to God that I am abandoned to Him? Have I ever produced in the heart of the Lord Jesus what Mary of Bethany prod…