Determination

Every male Jew must attend passover - Mark 10:46 – 10:52 (commentary)

On this final trip from Galilee to Jerusalem, Jesus and His disciples were passing through Jericho which is in the Jordan Valley about 15 miles from Jerusalem (v. 46). Jericho was a popular resort city in the Judean wilderness, not far from the Jordan River crossing from Perea. I …

Paul’s Determination To Go To Jerusalem - Acts 20:22 – 20:24 (commentary)

Notice verse 22 where it says that Paul was going to Jerusalem “bound in the spirit” (small “s”). This may indicate that this was not a Holy Spirit compulsion, but he was doing it by his own self-will. Some Bible scholars, such as Donald Grey Barnhouse and Joh …

Paul’s Determination & Warning from Agabus - Acts 21:10 – 21:16 (commentary)

Another warning came to Paul from a man named Agabus, who was a prophet from Judea (v. 10). He had prophesied that a widespread famine would affect the world (Acts 11:27-28) and his prophecy came true. He bound himself with Paul’s belt, using it as an object lesson, showing that …

Nehemiah Determines to Rebuild The Wall - Nehemiah 2:9 – 2:20 (commentary)

Even though Nehemiah took the shortest route possible, the journey to Jerusalem would have taken at least two months. The king appointed captains and horsemen to go with him, both for his protection and to show that he was a man who had the king’s stamp of approval (v. 9). As soo …

Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar - Luke 18:35 – 18:43 (commentary)

As Jesus heads into Jericho, He meets a blind man named Bartimaeus. We know that’s his name from Mark’s account of the story. As we try to understand this incredible encounter between Bartimaeus and Jesus, we can see four different stages that Bartimaeus goes through. Hi …