Zechariah 8:1-17 – God Remembers Jerusalem

March 16, 2012

In December 518 representatives from Bethel came to Judah and asked the leaders whether they should continue their lament fasts over the fall of Jerusalem (Zechariah 7:1-3). Zechariah responded with four distinct oracles (identified by the phrase the “word of the Lord came to me/Zechariah” in7:4, 8; 8:1, 18). He first questioned their motives for […]

The Invitations of Wisdom and Folly (Proverbs 9)

August 25, 2011

Wisdom and Folly are personified as women in Proverbs 1-9 on several occasions. Proverbs 9, coming just before the beginning of the “Proverbs of Solomon” in Proverbs 10, is the final appeal of the parent/teacher/elder to heed wisdom rather than folly. It functions as an “altar call” or the invitation poem (Hebrew invitation song?). The […]

Thomas Merton Prayer

April 17, 2008

Tim Archer commented on a post below with these words:  “I like what Glenn Pemberton once said about the story of Nadab and Abihu and their two brothers: ‘The good news is that God looks on the heart. The bad news is that God looks on the heart’.” So what are we supposed to do when […]