Witnessing a Miracle

In 2 Kings 6 in today’s Bible reading* we see two miracles. When God created the world, He put some things into motion, things that would naturally happen. Deists believe that God created the universe and, like a clock, wound it up and set it on the mantle to run by itself. Theists, on the…

Solomon’s Temple

Today’s Bible reading* goes into great detail of the construction of Solomon’s Temple. After making a deal with King Hiram of Tyre to supply the best wood from Lebanon, Solomon began construction. It would take seven years to complete the job. Solomon drafted thirty thousand workers. From the installation of the quarried stones to the…

Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

Today’s Bible reading* has a brief sentence that echoes something we saw a few weeks ago: Obedience is better than sacrifice. Doing what is righteous and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.Proverbs 21:3 (CSB) Then Samuel said: Does the LORD take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying…

Wisdom Gives Life

We begin reading through the Proverbs in today’s Bible reading*. Most of the Proverbs were written by Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. God gave us the book of Proverbs, not to make us smarter, but to give us wisdom. Wisdom is applied knowledge. Knowledge by itself has limited value. (1 Corinthians 8:1b) But…

A Biblical Description of Blessings is not a Biblical Prescription for Blessings

Psalm 1 from today’s Bible reading* describes the blessings of those who seek God and His ways. How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and…