Mark 15: 1-5…. The Roman trial begins,

And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.”Continue reading “Mark 15: 1-5…. The Roman trial begins,”

Micah 3: 9-12……A plain and damning declaration.

Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacoband rulers of the house of Israel,who detest justiceand make crooked all that is straight,who build Zion with bloodand Jerusalem with iniquity.Its heads give judgment for a bribe;its priests teach for a price;its prophets practice divination for money;yet they lean on the LORD and say,“Is not theContinue reading “Micah 3: 9-12……A plain and damning declaration.”

Micah 3: 5-8…..Leaders yesterday, advisers today!

Thus says the LORD concerning the prophetswho lead my people astray,who cry “Peace”when they have something to eat,but declare war against himwho puts nothing into their mouths.Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,and darkness to you, without divination.The sun shall go down on the prophets,and the day shall be black over them;the seersContinue reading “Micah 3: 5-8…..Leaders yesterday, advisers today!”

Micah 1: 6-9…..For ‘she/her’ read Samaria.

Therefore I will make Samaria a heap in the open country,a place for planting vineyards,and I will pour down her stones into the valleyand uncover her foundations.All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,all her wages shall be burned with fire,and all her idols I will lay waste,for from the fee of a prostituteContinue reading “Micah 1: 6-9…..For ‘she/her’ read Samaria.”

Psalm 2: A psalm in four parts

Why do the nations rageand the peoples plot in vain?The kings of the earth set themselves,and the rulers take counsel together,against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,“Let us burst their bonds apartand cast away their cords from us.” Comment: In this first part the narrator of the Psalm, whom in its eternal meaning isContinue reading “Psalm 2: A psalm in four parts”

1 Samuel 13: 11-14….Disobedience has consequences.

Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash, I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought theContinue reading “1 Samuel 13: 11-14….Disobedience has consequences.”

James 5: 1-6… An attitude to riches.

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold,Continue reading “James 5: 1-6… An attitude to riches.”

1 James 2: 8-13…The royal law.

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of allContinue reading “1 James 2: 8-13…The royal law.”

1 Samuel 6: 19-7: 2….Standards for the chosen

And he struck some of the men of Beth-shemesh, because they looked upon the ark of the LORD. He struck seventy men of them, and the people mourned because the LORD had struck the people with a great blow. Then the men of Beth-shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before the LORD, this holyContinue reading “1 Samuel 6: 19-7: 2….Standards for the chosen”