Read More – The Preacher’s Commentary

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Some Christians are heroes in their daydreams only. The characteristic mark of such heroism is imagining ourselves as faithful on great and public occasions and in rarefied atmospheres when others will be impressed. In stark contrast, true faithfulness in Scripture is first exercised in small things and in private. If we fail there, any faithfulness we show in public will be hypocrisy, a performance for the crowd and not an expression of loyalty to our Lord.

Daniel and his three friends were under intense pressure. Their consciences (educated by God’s Word and devoted to it) were under attack. The pressures to conform were intense. No doubt there were others, Jerusalem-born like themselves, who laughed at their sensitivities. What harm would good food do them, or new names? It is interesting and instructive to see their response. – The Preacher’s Commentary, Daniel

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Read More – IVP Bible Background Commentary

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To understand the Bible, understanding the cultural background of each passage is important in helping you to know the author’s purpose for writing the book and why they did.

The IVP Bible Background Commentary is a unique, accessible commentary that helps you discover what it was like to actually be there when you are reading the Bible. Verse-by-verse, you are given all the background information you need to understand the local manners and customs of ancient times and cultures. You’ll become aware of what the people in the Bible were thinking and what was going on in their daily lives. Reading this work will shed valuable light that will even help your other commentaries make more sense.

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Read More – The Word Biblical Commentary

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The Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) is 62 volumes of excellent scholarship, and each volume offers accurate, focused, and inspiring commentary. Instead of having one dominant focus like other commentaries, the WBC is expositional, critical, homiletical, and devotional all at once, and also provides summaries and applications.

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Read More – Does God Care About Justice?

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Throughout its history, the ability of the church to practice justice has determined whether the values of God advance or decline. When Christians are practicing justice, they show that God is loving and powerful to work against some of the strongest forces of hate in the world. When the church is weak, complacent or engaging in injustice, God is made to look more like a personal crutch for the weak and the immoral. And who can blame the world for this perception? The church is suspect when some preachers tell us to expect new living room furniture from God but say nothing about God caring or doing anything about little children starving or being shot to death in various parts of the world. If the church is to regain a powerful hearing, then it must hear the cry of justice from the Scriptures.

Have you ever thought about how the Bible was written by people who were experiencing oppression? It might seem obvious, but is also something we can easily miss. The good news is that the Bible is also the story of the physical and spiritual salvation from that oppression.

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Read More – How Is Jesus Superior to Moses?

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On the other hand, the author argues, Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses. It is difficult to appreciate just how powerfully radical a statement that would have been to first-century Jewish ears. The author provides perspective, explaining that the builder of the house is necessarily greater than the house he builds. While Moses belonged to the house of Israel, the chosen family of faith, that household had been built by the Messiah. His faithfulness proved flawless.

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