Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,  Isaiah 1:16  ESV Clean – God instructs His people to “wash” themselves.  He demands ritual purity and the submission that accompanies humility before Him.  We might think this is sufficient.  If we just worship the Lord […]

and lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, for You recompense a man according to his work.  Psalm 62:12  NASB Recompense – At what hour of the day were you hired?  Ah, you’re immediately transported to that parable about the graciousness of God.  You know; the one where the master hires workers at all hours of the […]

1.  We are generally (perhaps deliberately) unaware of the giant chasm created by the smallest of sins and the demands of God because the Church has taught us that we are under grace and therefore the tiny sins don’t really matter.  They are simply errors in judgment.  If my greatest sins can be easily forgiven […]

Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.  Micah 7:19  NASB Cast – This is the Hebrew word shalak.  It has several different senses, all associated with throwing down.  It can mean the physical act of throwing down something, casting aside something or, in an important sense, abandoning something.  Micah […]

Before I left for Africa, there was a lot of discussion about the Jewish idea of the yetzer ha’ra and the difference between this concept and the Christian idea of sin and the sinful nature. I recorded three graduate lectures concerning this topic.  You can listen to them here. I hope you find them useful […]