The Glutton’s Waistband

Psalm 12:8 “…what is worthless is exalted by the human race.” Observation: The psalmist has declared that there are no faithful ones remaining in the human race, that everyone has become liars speaking from deceptive hearts. He concludes by saying, “The wicked wander...

Dark Bartering

John 2:15 “After making a whip out of cords, He drove everyone out of the temple complex, with their sheep and oxen.” Observation: This is the first of two instances where Jesus cleared the temple complex, but this one is interesting because it occurred at the...

Cattle Call

1 Samuel 16:7 “Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him.” Observation: Samuel has been grieving over the Lord’s rejection of Saul as king of Israel (16:1), but the Lord had said, in essence, “Buck up! Get over it!” “Go to Jesse of...

The Pointer

Psalm 116:7, 12 “Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me?” Observation: The whole of Psalm 116 celebrates the Lord’s deliverance from death. Verse 3 remembers, “The cords of death...

DeMille’s Opportunity

Daniel 1:2 “And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God.” Observation: Daniel’s beginning sets the stage for some troubling personal reflection. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had besieged...