The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

In this post we’re going to study the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. You can find that parable in Luke 18:9-14. The Audience (Luke 18:9) Luke 18:9 tells us for whose sake the Lord Jesus Christ spoke this parable. So, that’s the audience. That’s whom Jesus is speaking to. He’s addressing the kind of person who: 1)…

God Declares That Repentance Must Bear Fruit

God gives Israel (and the over-hearing residents of Judah) a model of repentance in Jeremiah 3:19-25. So now God follows that up by emphasizing that any repentance that hopes to result in God’s blessings must bear fruit in the lives of those who exercise it. Sincerity of Repentance Probed God first probes the sincerity of repentance (Jeremiah 4:1).…

God Promises Israel Blessings for Repentance

We’ve seen that God compared Israel’s sin to Judah’s in Jeremiah 3. Based on that comparison God was moved to offer forgiveness to Israel if they repented. And if Israel were to repent, God promises blessings for them in Jeremiah 3:14-18, which is what we’ll study in this post. Restoration to the Land The first…

Commentary on Ecclesiastes 2:24-3:8

We finished the last post with the following consideration. Imagine that you were a man who interprets life completely apart from an awareness of God. You go about your life as if God didn’t exist. You’re living for the here-and-now without any consideration or knowledge of God. And under those circumstances, you’ve been taught what to value…