Influence

The Pharisees and Sadducees - Matthew 3:7 – 3:12 (commentary)

We find John rebuking the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees were the most influential of the Jewish sects of that day. They were usually orthodox in doctrine and followed good qualities: They knew the Scriptures - Matthew 23:2They tithed - Luke 18:12They fasted - Matthew 9:1 …

Equal Justice For All - Exodus 23:1 – 23:9 (commentary)

In this passage, another law of the Israelites is given: IV. Things involving Legal Justice: 1. To be a true witness and not side in with the unrighteous in legal cases (v. 1). 2. Not to pervert justice by being influenced by the crowd (v. 2). 3. Not to show favoritism to the poor (v. …

Only The Lord Can Bless - Psalms 127:1 – 127:5 (commentary)

In this chapter we are exhorted to have a continual regard for God’s influence in every area of this life. The writer advises the builders not to worry, certainly not to become “workaholics to the glory of God!” God has intended that man should work by day and sle …

Devine Testing of Israel - Judges 2:16 – 2:23 (commentary)

Because Israel forsook the Lord, He forsook them. He turned them over to their enemies time after time. When the judgment became so severe that the nation finally did cry out to God, He would send a deliverer in the form of a judge (vv. 16-17). Sad to say, the people woul …

Live to Influence, Not be Influenced - Jeremiah 15:15 – 15:21 (commentary)

In this passage Jeremiah accuses God of not helping him when he really needed it (vv. 15-18). Keep in mind God had promised ultimately to deliver and vindicate Jeremiah (v. 11); but he wanted God to avenge him of his persecutors. Though God was long-suffering, Jeremiah ho …