Weekly Worship Meditation

The "Disciples' Prayer"

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” —Luke 11:1 These words precede the so-called “Lord’s Prayer,” in Luke’s gospel.  We realize that the Lord’s Prayer is a misnomer since the Lord Jesus could not pray this prayer.  Why?  Because it contains a petition for forgiveness of sin, which of...

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Jesus and the Self-Righteous

And their scribes and the Pharisees complained… saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus answered and said to them…32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” —Luke 5:30-32 Obviously, the religionists in Jesus’ day did not understand what the Messiah was coming to do, namely, to “save His people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21 makes sense when we understand...

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God Takes Pleasure in His Son

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." —Matthew 3:17  I remember when these words opened up a deeper understanding of the book of Proverbs to me.  As believers, we know that Jesus’ sinless life fulfilled the Law for those He came to save.  We can read the Law and say over and over again, “Jesus kept that law perfectly for me… and that one, and that one, and that...

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God of the Word

The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia. And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king. —Daniel 8:20-21 The visions God gave Daniel in the latter chapters of the book that bears his name are so specific—actually naming future kingdoms, years before they were world powers—that skeptics reject them.  Why?  “They are so specific, they cannot be...

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"Oh...Give Thanks to the LORD"

Oh that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! —Psalm 107:8 The recurring verse: “Oh that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” is repeated no less than four times in Psalm 107 (vv.7, 15, 21, 31).  I echo the heart of the psalmist.  Not only that people in general would give the praise and thanksgiving that God alone...

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On Genealogies

Adam, Seth, Enosh, Cainan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. —1 Chronicles 1:1-4  The opening verses of 1 Chronicles, followed by nine chapters of names we modern Americans find most difficult to pronounce, are not likely to be viewed as life-changing.  We may even be tempted to skip them.  Why are these genealogies in the Bible? First, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul wrote that “All...

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Being Faithful, Now

'Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing?  4  Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,' says the LORD; 'and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,' says the LORD, 'and work; for I am with you,' says the LORD of hosts. —Haggai 2:3-4  The prophet Haggai was called to encourage the returning...

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Understanding the Book of Job

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. —Job 1:1 Reading the book of Job is tricky.  It is easy to misunderstand.  Here are five important pointers: (1) Keep 1:6-12 and 2:1-6 in mind at all times.  These passages are a peek behind the scenes.  Job and his friends did not know what was happening behind the scenes when their conversations took place.  We do, but...

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No God Besides God

…There is no other God besides Me, A just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me. —Isaiah 45:21 God’s autobiographical statement in Isaiah 45:21 reveals the following essential truths: Repeated twice in this verse, there is no god besides God.  While there are countless false gods, which are not gods at all, God—the one and only true and living God who has revealed Himself in the Bible is in a category by Himself.  Everything else that exists, is...

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May God Be Patient with Us

The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword.  According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them." ' —Ezekiel 39:23-24 God’s chosen people, Israel, sinned against Him.  Repeatedly. ...

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