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Daily Reflections January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 20 After Abraham’s bold questioning of God’s extent of mercy, one might assume that he has matured into a perfected model of morality. However, we find in this chapter that he is still flawed. He did not learn from his experience with Pharaoh in chapter 12 and thus falls into a very similar position.  We ought to first notice that this is at least the second time where a half-truth has not only threatened Abraham but also those around him. In a desire for personal preservation,...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 18 When LORD appears in all capitals in your Old Testament, it represents the Hebrew word Yahweh. This is the name of God. God Himself appears to Moses in today’s text. Interestingly, this appearance features three men. Some commentators have speculated that we are to see here an allusion to the Trinity. Whether or not the Trinity is implied in this story bears little on the main thrust of the text, and it is to the heart of the text that we will turn our attention. Abraham and...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 13 Abraham leaves Egypt and returns to Bethel. And we have a narrative account of Abraham and Lot parting ways into two different lands. When we look at this passage as a whole, we notice that the primary purpose is to show a contrast between Abraham and Lot. And in this contrasting picture, we notice a few truths that are very relevant to us.  1. Seeing is misleading and can lead those who walk by sight to venture into evil. Lot chose the land that looked the most attractive and...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 11 For today’s reflection, I’d like to focus in on verses 1 to 9. The story of the tower of Babel is relatively well known, and rightfully so. Here we find men striving together in unity to accomplish a grand feat. The question then becomes: Why was God so opposed to this development? Their motives are not made explicit in the text, but God’s response provides us with a strong indication that their heart was in the wrong place. Consider verse 6: And the Lord said, “Behold,...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 5, 2018

January 05, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 5 Many Bible readers get weary when it comes to genealogy but there are a few things that we can note here that is quite important: First, the image and likeness of God that was given to Adam was passed to his sons. This means something quite profound because this is found after the Fall. The responsibility, worth, and dignity of humankind, made in the image of God, was marred but not obliterated by the Fall. Yes, we can readily see that the curse is there, bring death and toil. But...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 3, 2018

January 03, 2018 By: FBC Staff

Genesis 3 Books have been written on this chapter of the Bible and even they must make decisions on what they simply do not have space to include. Genesis 3 is so chalked full of importance that it is hard to know where to begin. Here are some brief observations of the key elements of this text: 1.  The deceiver. This chapter highlights one of the Devil’s key strategies in attacking God’s people. It can be summarized with four words: Did God really say? (Gen. 3:1) That is the method and...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections December 29, 2017

December 29, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Malachi 2 Thanks to the exhortation of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, the Jerusalem temple was restored. But the temple was full of unholy worship and corrupt priests. So, God sent Malachi to address and warn them if they continued to defile the temple. In the second chapter, the prophet directly rebukes the priests.  He first makes clear that walking according to God’s law brings blessing while rebellion brings curse. The sentiment here is the same as it was in Deuteronomy 28. They...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections December 27, 2017

December 27, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Zechariah 14   This final chapter in Zechariah is filled with challenging imagery. The first six verses present a horrific picture of God’s judgement against Jerusalem. In verse 7, this judgement turns to blessing as the prophecy describes all of the ways in which God will dispel the enemies of His people. A few observations: 1. God’s discipline for His people is firm, but it is not forever. The descriptions of judgement in the first three verses of this passage are nothing less than...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Zechariah 9 The ninth chapter of Zechariah begins a new section. The first eight chapters create a universal longing for God to come in power and save his people. So, here, the prophet breaks that tension and proclaims that the Lord will come to intervene in a glorious way. He will come to both judge and save the surrounding nations. They will be brought to their knees and humbled for the coming of God’s anointed king. And this will not be any ordinary king. This will be Judah’s long-awaited...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Zechariah 7 Tucked in the midst of a series of complicated visions lies a straightforward, practical text in Zechariah 7. Some men had approached the prophet Zechariah and were wondering if they should go ahead with the ceremonial weeping and fasting that had typically accompanied the fifth month of every year. On the surface, this question seems innocent enough. The people wondered: ‘Does God notice our fasting? Is this getting through to Him?’  Reflect on God’s answer:  Say to...Continue Reading

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