Contributed on Oct 29, 2016
The peaceable Kingdom.
A SHOOT FROM THE ROOT Isaiah 11:1-10 The reference to “the stem of Jesse” (Isaiah 11:1) sends us back to the origins of Messiah’s dynasty. Not just to David: but to his father, Jesse. David was the youngest son of Jesse, and probably the last person anybody expected to be anointed king (1 ...read more
Contributed on Dec 8, 2016
The blessings of Jesus realised in the praises of God.
A DOXOLOGY FIT FOR KING JESUS Psalm 72:1-7; Psalm 72:18-19 It is surely no mistake that the benediction which concludes Book II of the Biblical collection of Psalms, is incorporated into the postscript of Psalm 72. This Psalm is one of the most clearly Messianic (or Christological) in the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 23, 2013
The Christ child as the hope of the nations.
THE UNITY OF HOPE Romans 15:4-13 In many respects we might view Romans 14:1-15:13 as the practical outworking of the Jewish/Gentile debate of Romans 9-11. There was some dissension in Rome over matters of food and drink, and holy days. It is quite probable that it was a question of Jewish ...read more
Contributed on Nov 28, 2013
The need for true repentance, and amendment of life.
JUDGMENT AND HOPE IN THE PREACHING OF JOHN Matthew 3:1-12 Without any warning from the narrator, John the Baptist bursts onto the pages of Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 3:1) as suddenly as Elijah had burst onto the pages of Israel’s history centuries before (1 Kings 17:1). And like ...read more