Sin

Reasons why Jesus died on the cross - I John 3:4 – 3:8 (commentary)

John gives two reasons why Jesus died on the cross:To take away our sins (vv. 4-6).To destroy the works of the devil (vv. 7,8).John does not deny that Christians sin, but he does deny that Christians can live in sin and enjoy it. He is talking about people who make a practi …

Be Holy And Not Sinful - Ephesians 4:23 – 4:29 (commentary)

Let the Spirit change your way of thinking and make you into a new person (v. 23). You were created to be like God, and so you must please him and be truly holy (v. 24). Paul was not content to name a principal and then leave it. He even names specific sins which many preachers a …

The Ark is Brought to Jerusalem - II Samuel 6:1 – 6:23 (commentary)

Some days, no matter how carefully we plan and orchestrate events, things have a way of going wrong. This the way it happened with King David when he decided to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from the home of Abinadab at Kiriath-jearim, where it had been stored for 20 years (vv …

Confession of Israel - Isaiah 59:1 – 59:15 (commentary)

This chapter answers the question many are asking today, “Why is the world in such a mess? God’s answer to this question is given in the opening words of chapter 59. The problem is not with God, but with man (vv. 1-3). This passage describes the wickedness of Israel (p …

God Must be Number One - Jeremiah 17:1 – 17:18 (commentary)

God’s people continued to sin even though they had the law, the prophets of God, and history filled with God’s miracles. Because of the people’s sin God would give the city of Jerusalem (His mountain in the land) and the wealth of its inhabitants as plunder Jer. 15:1 …

The Beginning of Sin - Genesis 3:1 – 3:7 (commentary)

These verses give the tragic story of the fall of mankind (vv. 3:1-7). Eve’s listening to the snake was like listening to the world around us (vv. 1-5). That is why we need to be careful who we choose as friends and where we go for advice. There are four clearly defin …

God Warns Noah - Genesis 6:9 – 6:12 (commentary)

God is holy. He will not tolerate sin. The ungodly may seem to prosper temporarily but their doom is sure (Romans 6:23). However, God is also merciful and in the midst of human depravity he always provides a way for His own people to be saved. The story of Noah and the floo …

Sacrifices For The Sins of The Nation - Leviticus 4:1 – 4:21 (commentary)

IV. THE SIN OFFERING - Chapter 4 The Lord told Moses to offer a sacrifice, asking for forgiveness when you sin by accidentally doing something I have told you not to do (vv. 1-2). When the high priest sins, he makes everyone else guilty (v.3). He must sacrifice a young bull …