Gift of Singleness, Gift of Marriage

Two texts will be used to show that both marriage and singleness are gifts from God. The latter is a unique spiritual gift, the former is a universal blessing. The first text will be in Matthew 19:3-12, which actually comes from a question about divorce. The second is 1 Corinthians 7. Matthew 19 shows Jesus making two radical statements. The…

I Am the Bread of Life

Jesus’ discourse can seemingly be split up into two audiences, the general crowd that followed him (6:26-40), and some select religious Jews who were either a segment of the crowd or joined later (6:41-58), in other words, casual hearers and the more dedicated religious crowd. Neither received the life-giving bread. The first group was too full of self-sufficiency (they didn’t…

Mark 5 Demon Legion

There is so much to be said about Mark 5:1-20. This short study examines the motif of how the testimony of a changed life can be more impactful than signs and miracles. Introduction Mark’s theme of “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (1:15) is highlighted in Mark 5. The invasion of the kingdom against…

psalms-commentary

Angle: If the psalter is providing insight into various human responses to the questions of faith, how might this influence the rest of the collection of psalms? I hope you’re blessed by this brief commentary. Primary Motifs The righteous are blessed and will prosper. The wicked and their ways will perish. [1] (ESV) Blessed is the man who walks not…