for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.  We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your […]

“but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:24 NASB Knows – yada’, yada’, yada’. Did you ever think that this colloquialism is the equivalent of […]

Then the word of the Lord came to Zechariah saying, “Thus has the Lord of hosts said, ‘Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’ Zechariah […]

I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.  Psalm 119:75  NASB Your judgments – I wonder if we can confidently echo David’s poetry.  Do we really know that the judgments of the Lord are righteous, every one of them?  The Hebrew is ki-tsedeq (righteous, just, justice, […]

Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules.  Psalm 119:108  ESV Rules – Does the God of grace have rules?  You bet!  If you thought grace meant “no rules,” then you are not only Roman/Greek in your worldview, you have also never read Scripture in its own culture.  Just as […]

 But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you.  Leviticus 18:26  ESV Rules/ abominations – The Hebrew word for “rules” in this verse is mishpat.  If we think of this word the way that we understand “rules,” we will […]

Abraham came near and said, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?”  Genesis 18:23  NASB Sweep away –  The Hebrew word translated “sweep away” is tispeh.  It comes from the root safah, a verb that means “to sweep away, to destroy, to consume.”  The consonants are Samech-Pey-Hey (to twist or turn, the […]

“Behold, My servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights.  I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.  Isaiah 42:1  NASB Justice – We have examined many times the wide range of meaning associated with the Hebrew word mishpat (just search the word mishpat […]