Monday, May 8, 2017

Massah-Meribah And The Judgment Of God

The events that transpired at Massah and Meribah have fascinated me for years. While as a child I received the story on it's most surface level, that God was giving his people water so that they didn't die of thirst in the desert, a few considerations from men that I deeply respect have brought this passage to life for me in profound ways. Edmund Clowney helped me understand that what was going on in both of these texts is actually cosmic treason where God is on trial. My pastor helped me understand that this passage has profound implications for how God deals with his people. It is best at this point to have both of the events before us.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tale Of Two Trees

Reading through the law, there are a number of things that point to Christ and his work. As I have been going through a the scriptures cover to cover with a friend, a few things have jumped out to me in new ways. Two pieces of the law, both involving a tree, foreshadow not just Christ and his work but also point specifically to the cross itself and what is accomplished at the crucifixion. One of these passages is in Exodus 15, the other is from Deuteronomy 21.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Sabbath: Creation And Redemption

Reading through the Pentateuch again has been helpful. I have been seeing a number of things in a new light. One of those things, something I knew was there but never really thought through, is the two explanations for the Sabbath. While the substance of the Decalogue is the same in both Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5, there are different explanations given for certain commandments. The explanations given for the fourth commandment in each account a
re the most different:

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sinai: Sabbath And New Creation

"Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the LORD dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights." - Exodus 24.15-18
As I have been reading through the Bible this year from beginning to end, certain passages are starting to jump out at me. This passage in particular made my inner biblical theological geek sing full-throated praise. What is being literally described is spectacular enough, but looking through the lens of redemptive history, this passage seems to explode. Two themes jumped off the page at me: Sabbath and new creation.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Brakel On Neighbor Love

The following passage is from Wilhelmus A Brakel’s The Christian’s Reasonable Ser vice. It is the conclusion to chapter 82, “Love For One’s Neighbor”. While I commend the entire chapter, I thought this was a particularly helpful bit of advice.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Give Rest To Those Who Are Weary

"[Jesus] does not think the Pharisees are mostly right about the Sabbath. They miss the most basic point of the Sabbath. Jesus does not think healing someone on the Sabbath is an 'exception' to the Sabbath rules. He thinks the opposite: Sabbath-keeping means doing good, healing, relieving distress. The Sabbath laws themselves require Israelites to give rest to their sons, servants, and even animals on the Sabbath. That's what Jesus does on the Sabbath: he gives rest by raising people from their sick beds, by cleansing lepers, by healing withered arms...He attacks Jewish Sabbath-keepers because they are not really keeping the Sabbath." - Peter Leithart, The Four (pp. 68-69)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Books Books Books

Looking back over the last year, I read a lot more than I did in 2015. The following is my projected reading list for last year. Books I did not get to are shown with strikethrough text. My projected reading list for 2017 is underneath the 2016 list.