Despising the Lamb

Painting by Johnny Mays The following is excerpted from my booklet, “Despising the Lamb: Contempt for Christ in First Samuel“ Hophni and Phineas: Priests of Pleasure When Hannah gave her only son to the Lord, Hophni and Phineas were priests (1 Sam. 1:3).  Scripture says Hophni and Phineas were wicked men (1 Sam. 2:12). They…

Brothers and Covenants

Genesis chapter four discusses Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve’s first sons. Cain means, “Acquired,” as Eve says, “With the LORD’s help I have acquired a male” (Gen. 4:1). Abel is derived from a word meaning, “Son.”  Cain “worked the ground” and offered the Lord produce (Gen. 4:2-3).  Abel offered firstborn animals (especially their fat…

The Divine Plethora

Painting by Van Gough Jesus died and rose again.  The entire Christian faith is comprehended in those few words.  Easy to say but to know, to bow the soul without reserve before Reality…that is another matter. The Holy Spirit is gradually bringing our experience in line with Reality Himself.  Scripture describes this as renewing the…

Sheep, Children, and Bumblebees

Scripture says we are sheep and need to be like children (John 10:14; Matt. 18:1-2). Neither of these are flattering images. Sheep must be led. I’ve heard sheep can’t care for themselves or find food and water without help. If this isn’t entirely true of sheep it’s definitely true of children. Kids are loved but…

New-Years-Resolution Christianity

January 1st marks the beginning of the new year in many countries. Some observe this holiday by making a new year’s resolution.   A new year’s resolution is a promise to change something about your life (usually for the better). People resolve any number of things: to exercise more, to have better boundaries, to spend…