Commitment

From "God” to "Stoning” – Paul Still Committed to Preach - Acts 14:13 – 14:20 (commentary)

There was a temple of Jupiter near by and the priest of the temple came quickly bringing oxen and wreaths of flowers. They were ready to offer sacrifices to Paul and Barnabas and worship them (v. 13). When these missionaries realized that the people had not heard the Gospel, but …

Exiled Jews Return to Their Homeland - Ezra 1:1 – 1:11 (commentary)

Recognize God’s Providence - (v. 1) - This involved three deportations and three returns.Relate to God’s Precepts (vv. 2-4)His purpose (v. 2)His people (v. 3)His provision (v. 4)Respond to God’s Plan (vv. 5-11)Those who Go (v. 5)Those who Give (v. 6)Those who Guide (vv. 7- …

Nehemiah Sets Up a Communication System - Nehemiah 4:15 – 4:23 (commentary)

When Nehemiah’s enemies heard that their plot had been discovered, they did not attack and the people resumed their construction work (v. 15). However, Nehemiah exercises caution and devises a plan of defense that will unite and protect his people. He divides the people around th …

Serve God From The Heart, Not The Head - Joshua 24:18 – 24:24 (commentary)

Joshua is now quite old. He has been strong and courageous as God commanded, he has the scars from many battles, he has known the power and presence of God in his life and in his leadership, and now he recognizes his death is near. So he gathers the people together, and gives his …

Prayer For Understanding God’s Word - Psalms 119:25 – 119:32 (commentary)

In this passage it appears that the writer is experiencing many trials and troubles in his life but as a believer he desires a deeper understanding and a greater insight into God’s Word. Even though his difficulties are a result of his own weaknesses he is not driven away from Go …

"Be sure your sin will find you out.” - Numbers 32:16 – 32:42 (commentary)

The Israelites had been camped in the plains of Moab, across from Jericho. From this position they were ready to enter the Promised Land. The tribes of Reuben and Gad went to Moses and tried to assure him they had no desire to shirk their responsibility of conquering the land wes …

Satan’s final battle - Revelation 12:10 – 12:17 (commentary)

Notice that two of Satan’s activities in these verses is to deceive the world and to accuse the brethren (v. 10). The critical blow came to Satan when Jesus Christ shed His blood for our sins (v. 11). The victory is won by Christ’s death in our place to pay the penalty for …

Qualifications for Leadership - I Corinthians 16:13 – 16:18 (commentary)

Paul begins a series of closing remarks, exhortations, challenges, and greetings. Faith, conviction, courage, and love are essential ingredients for success and victory. As the Corinthians wait for Paul’s next visit, he exhorts them to a fivefold commitment: “Watch ye” …

Exhortation to Readiness - II Corinthians 9:1 – 9:5 (commentary)

Why is it that Christians often need to be motivated to give when God has given us so much? God had provided for the Corinthians in such a wonderful way and yet they were hesitant to share what they had with others. One year before this, the Corinthians had enthusiasti­call …

Obedience Brings Life - Deuteronomy 30:15 – 30:20 (commentary)

As we think about Israel’s future, their stay in the land will be determined by their obedience (vv. 15-16). Some day He will return them to the Land and they shall never go out again. This is because they will obey Him and not because God makes good His covenant. When H …

Jacob Moves His Flocks to Canaan - Genesis 31:1 – 31:16 (commentary)

God could not allow Jacob to settle forever in the land from which years before he had called Abraham, so He allowed things to turn sour. Jacob decided to leave for Canaan for basically two reasons. First, animosity was growing against him by Laban and his sons (vv. 1-2). T …