He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. Genesis 9:21-22 NASB Uncovered himself – A story within a story. What’s really happening in this cryptic account? First, the obvious. Noah naked in […]

Be gracious to me, O God, according to your loving kindness; according to the multitude of your mercies blot out my transgressions.  Psalm 51:3  Hebrew World Blot out – Technology has changed our conception of forgiveness.  In a world where we can simply backspace or press the spell-check button, we don’t think of any word […]

He that oppresses the poor blasphemes his maker, but he who is gracious unto the needy honors Him. Proverbs 14:31 (translation A. Heschel) Blasphemes – What would you think of someone who curses God?  You might be shocked, dismayed or disturbed.  Who would do such a thing?  You might understand the circumstances that would lead […]

by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, [which is] the Law of commandments [contained] in ordinances, that in Himself he might make the two into one new man, [thus] establishing peace. Ephesians 2:15 Two Into One – There are a host of issues with this verse, none of which are easily resolved without understanding principle […]

“Indeed, I gave them no-good decrees, and laws that did not offer them life.” Ezekiel 20:25 No-Good Decrees – Brevard Childs, professor of Biblical theology at Harvard, says that this verse is an example of “the clearest sign of the brokenness of the Old Testament covenant . . . once given as a source of […]