Parting Ways

As Jacob increased in wealth, he came into conflict with Laban (Gen. 31:1-2). We’ve seen that Jacob’s increase was the increase of what is spiritual and that this leads to escalating conflict with what is fallen and fleshly. God doesn’t let this conflict go on indefinitely.  God told Jacob to leave Laban.  He brought separation…

The Son—Come Hell or High Water

Genesis 29:14 through 30:24 tells how Jacob came to have wives and children. Jacob first works seven years to marry Rachel but his father-in-law, Laban, sneaks his older daughter, Leah, into Jacob’s tent on the wedding night. Jacob is furious but receives Rachel also after celebrating his wedding to Leah for a week. Then there’s…

Whose House?

Years back, the Lord opened the book of Haggai to me in new ways.  (See the booklet “Haggai: Feast” for more about that).  Verse 1:4 is probably the heart of the book: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” The temple was…

Come!

Revelation ends with an invitation: “Both the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ Anyone who hears should say, ‘Come!’” (Rev. 22:17). I’ve often heard that the Spirit and the bride are saying “Come” to Jesus. But the next sentence says, “And the one who is thirsty should come.” John does say, “AMEN! Come Lord Jesus”…

The Book of the Wretched Sins of Mankind (and Especially Yours)

“[T]he heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God” (Ezek. 1:1). Ezekiel does not begin with man’s sin but with God.  Sin is not the center of the universe, God’s thoughts, or His eternal plan.  Unfortunately, in the way we often think about the Lord, sin usurps the place that belongs to God’s glory. …

The Fullness of Every Message

When it comes to the Bible, I am passionate about one thing above all others—seeing Christ in every scripture (Luke 24:44-46). While I acknowledge other messages in scripture, Christ is the fullness of every other message. We must see that Christ is the end of old covenant laws.  He is the substance of the commandments…

Little Dr. Christiansteins

“You bring stolen, lame, or sick animals. You bring this as an offering! Am I to accept that from your hands?” asks the Lord. (Malachi 1:13). This verse addresses the Levites.  The Levites were the priests of Israel, the keepers and teachers of God’s law.  They knew that sacrificing a defective animal violated the law (Lev. 1:3, 10)….

The Temple of the Son

Near the end of Ezekiel, the prophet has a vision of God’s glory returning to a restored temple (Ezek. 43:5).  He has no vision of the temple being built; it is already built–without hands.  As the temple’s design is unfolded to Ezekiel, he sees that the altar lies at the center of the temple.  The…

Visions of Glory

When Ezekiel first sees the glory of the Lord, it is not associated with any temple.  This is unique, for the other two visions of God’s glory involve temples: the earthly temple, the temple judged for Israel’s sins, and the new temple, wherein all things are restored and brought to fullness.  But in chapter one,…

Fire Shut up in My Bones

“So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long.  But if I say, ‘I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,’ his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.  I am weary of holding it in; indeed,…