Uriah: A Shadow of Christ

Most Christians are aware of the incident between King David and Bathsheba, and the resulting murder of Uriah, her husband. We recoil at Bathsheba’s abuse and the oppression of her husband by the most powerful man in the nation at the time. And we discern in the episode how easily power can corrupt and ultimately…

Suffering: A Christian Perspective

  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, suffering implies “conscious endurance of pain or distress”. In this state, one develops feelings of pain, discomfort, and displeasure, and suffering could also expose one to depression. Christian Suffering There are numerous views concerning suffering, and some even consider a believer’s suffering as punishment from God. Preachers of the…

A Perfect Redeemer

The narrative in the Biblical books of 1 and 2 Kings is a depressing cycle of decline, judgement, and restoration. We are brought to see the recurring apostasy of God’s people, the Israelites, under godless leaders. The pattern was somewhat like this. A godless king would come to the throne. Under him, the people generally…

A Picture of True Conversion

‘Where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.’ For generations, the story of Ruth and Naomi has been treasured in Christian circles and beyond. It has been rightly seen as a beautiful narrative of sacrifice, kindness, and dedication. And aside…

The Good Shepherd

Ezekiel 34:15-16 When Christ described himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11), he was alluding to Ezekiel’s prophecy about God restoring the Israelites to their own land. A shepherd is one who tends sheep. He leads them to pasture and provides water for them. He also protects them from harm. And God promises to do…

True submission

1 Peter 2:13-25 Submission is a distasteful word to modern ears. We celebrate freedom, and we interpret it to correspond with autonomy. Thus we champion an individual who breaks rules or flouts moral convention. We applaud those who break marriage vows because it constrains them. We cheer anti-government tweets and demonstrations. To be truly free,…

Unrequited love

Psalm 109:5,6 When Jesus was on earth, he went about doing good and healing people oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). He loved the poor. He healed the sick. And he even raised the dead. Yet what did he get in return? A cross. Kindness was met with cruelty. Truth was met with injustice. Liberation…

What Balaam Saw

  Many Christians remember the story of Balaam for that most unusual of miracles: a talking donkey. If you’ve ever been to Sunday School, there’s a 90 percent chance you know the story.   For those who may not remember, here’s a very short summary*:   While Israel was journeying through the wilderness, they happened…

Crucify Him!

Mark 15:1-14 On this day we remember a gruesome event in the history of mankind. It was a sad call for the execution of someone who had done nothing but good and showed nothing but love. It was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. But why did this happen? The Jewish religious authorities saw him as…

The Faithful Church

Psalm 78:3-8 The people of God are the portion of humanity who have chosen to submit to his rule. They belong to him, confess his name, and obey his commands. Or so they should. The generation of Israelites who came out of Egypt failed in this task. Although rescued from Egypt, their hearts remained there…