Love your neighbor

Leviticus 19:17-18 is a neat literary package with a profoundly powerful message: "You shall not hate your neighbor in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor and not bear sin because of him [= share in his guilt b/c you haven't tried to keep him from it]. You shall not take revenge or bear … Continue reading Love your neighbor

Endure

In yesterday's reading from the One Year Bible, Jesus says, "But the one who endures to the end shall be saved; and this good message of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:13-14). The gospels report the history … Continue reading Endure

Exchanging Places

Today's Old Testament reading from Genesis 44:16-34 reports Judah's confession of wrongdoing in regard to Joseph. Judah admits that God has caught up with the brothers of Joseph and then he offers to exchange places. Here is a powerful witness to the corruption of human nature and God's remedy for that when Jesus, a descendant … Continue reading Exchanging Places

A New Perspective

In Matthew 10:39 Jesus says, "He who finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." These words are nonsense to a twenty-first century world convinced that the only real world is physical and bound in time. But what if God's creation reflects His image, in part, … Continue reading A New Perspective