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A Tried and Tested Stone

"Therefore thus says Lord Yahweh, 'Behold, I am founding/establishing in Zion, a stone (אֶבֶן), a tried and tested (בֹּ֫חַן) stone (אֶבֶן), a scarce/precious/valuable (יָקָר) cornerstone (פִּנָּה), the laying of a foundation stone (מוּסָד). Whoever believes/has trust (אמן) [in this stone] will not be in a panic. And I will make justice the line and righteousness the plumb line. And hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelte...

October 20, 2021

The Torah Is in His Heart

"The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom (חָכְמָה), and his tongue speaks justice (מִשְׁפָּט). The Torah/instruction (תּוֹרָה) of his God is in his heart/inner self (לֵב). His steps do not slip." - Psalm 37:30-31As Christians, we are called to communicate wisdom and speak justice. This justice is not the unconstrained version of justice--equality of results or even of opportunity. Instead this justice is the constrained version--equality of treatment. Human beings simp...

October 14, 2021

The Righteous Never Abandoned

"I [David] have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing (בְּרָכָה)." - Psalm 37:25-26 Averil and I have been pondering over this psalm for a couple of weeks now. It is truly incredible. It is so encouraging to read during these crazy times. These two verses in particular have always been a favourite of mine. From them we learn that David was old when he wro...

October 13, 2021

Stronghold in the Time of Trouble

"The salvation/help/deliverance (תְּשׁוּעָה) of the righteous (צַדִּיק) is from Yahweh. He is their mountain stronghold/refuge/fortress (מָעוֹז) in the time of trouble/distress/anxiety (צָרָה). Yahweh helps them and delivers them. He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him." - Psalm 37:39-40 Psalm 37 is so beautiful and encouraging. Every verse speaks to our hearts and reminds us that it is worth being on God's side, despite the s...

October 12, 2021

Let's Slow Down

Comments I have four major concerns with this bill. The first has to do with the expiry date in 2023. Given this bill would give extraordinarily broad police powers based on the decisions of a few individuals, the bill’s expiry date should be shortened to six months from passage, or at most one year. If the powers need to be extended, Parliament can do that at a later time. To hand over these broad powers for this length of time is unwarranted under the circumstances. 2023 is not the right end...

October 11, 2021

Don't Let Yourself Get Excited

"Don’t let yourself get excited (חרה) because of evildoers. Be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. ...Be still before Yahweh and wait patiently for him. Don’t get excited (חרה) over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil schemes! Refrain from anger and forsake wrath! Don’t let yourself get excited (חרה). It tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for (קוה...

October 11, 2021

Their Hearts Are Far From Me

"And the Lord (אָדוֹן) said, 'Because this people [Judah] draw near with their mouth and honour me with their lips, while their hearts/inner selves/intentions (לֵב) are far from me, and their fear/honour (ירא) of me is a commandment taught by men, therefore behold, I will again do wonderful/unusual/amazing (פלא) things with this people [Judah], with wonder (פלא) upon wonder (פֶּלֶא). And the wisdom (חָכְמָה) of their wise men (חָכָם) shall perish, and the unde...

October 8, 2021

A Valuable Cornerstone

"Therefore thus says Lord Yahweh, 'Behold, I am founding/establishing in Zion, a stone (אֶבֶן), a tried and tested (בֹּ֫חַן) stone, a valuable (יָקָר) cornerstone (פִּנָּה), a sure foundation (מוּסָד). Whoever believes/has trust (אמן) will not be in a hurry/give way.'" - Isaiah 28:16Here Yahweh through the prophet Isaiah (700 bc) reveals that he is laying a foundation stone in Zion. Whoever believes in this foundation stone will not be in a hurry/give way when ju...

October 7, 2021

Leviathan Punished

"In that day Yahweh with his hard, great, and strong sword (חֶ֫רֶב) will punish (פקד) Leviathan (לִוְיָתָן) [Satan] the fleeing serpent (נָחָשׁ), Leviathan the twisting serpent (נָחָשׁ), and he will slay the dragon (תַּנִּין) that is in the sea." - Isaiah 27:1Writing around 700 bc, Isaiah predicts that in the end times Yahweh will punish Leviathan (v. 1), a sea creature that is a metaphor for Satan. Sometimes in the Bible, Leviathan is just a large sea creat...

October 6, 2021

Perfect Peace

"In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong/fortified/well-founded (עֹז) city [Zion]. He [Yahweh] sets up salvation (יְשׁוּעָה) as walls and bulwarks. Open the gates, that the righteous nation [the remnant of Israel] that keeps faith (אֵמוּן) may enter in. You keep him in perfect peace (שָׁל֣וֹם שָׁל֑וֹם) whose mind (יֵ֫צֶר) is stayed on you, because he trusts (בָּטוּחַ) in you. Trust (בטח) in Yahweh forever, for L...

October 5, 2021

A Feast of Well-Aged Wine

"On this mountain [Zion] Yahweh of armies will make for all peoples a feast/drinking banquet/meal (מִשְׁתֶּה) of rich food, a feast (מִשְׁתֶּה) of well-aged wine (שֶׁ֫מֶר), of greasy food (שֶׁמֶן) flavoured with fat (מחה), of aged wine (שֶׁ֫מֶר) well refined/purified/filtered. And he will swallow up/engulf/destroy (בלע) on this mountain [Zion] the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil (מַסֵּכָה) that is spread over all nations. He wi...

October 4, 2021

The Sun Will Be Ashamed

"On that day Yahweh will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth. They will be gathered together as prisoners in a pit. They will be shut up in a prison, and after many days they will be punished. Then the moon will be confounded and the sun ashamed, for Yahweh of hosts reigns on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and his glory will be before his elders." - Isaiah 24:21-23Isaiah 24-27 is called by some commentators "Isaiah's little apocalypse." This is an apt tit...

September 30, 2021

Songs from the Ends of the Earth

"They lift up their voices. They sing for joy. Over the majesty of Yahweh they shout from the west. Therefore in the east give glory to Yahweh. In the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One." - Isaiah 24:14-16In the previous paragraphs, Isaiah describes the earth emptied and desolate because of God's judgment upon man' sin (v. 5). Joy on earth has grown dark (v. 11), and few peo...

September 29, 2021

The Universality of God's Judgment

"Behold, Yahweh will empty the earth and make it desolate, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest. As with the slave, so with his master. As with the maid, so with her mistress. As with the buyer, so with the seller. As with the lender, so with the borrower. As with the creditor, so with the debtor. The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered, for Yahweh has spoken this word." - Isaiah 24:1-3Writing about 700 ...

September 28, 2021

Stupid Counsel

"The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish. The wisest counsellors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel. How can you say to Pharaoh, 'I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings'? Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you that they might know what Yahweh of hosts has purposed against Egypt. The princes of Zoan have become fools, and the princes of Memphis are deluded. Those who are the cornerstones of her tribes have made Egypt stagger. Yahweh has mingled within her a spirit of confusion, ...

September 22, 2021

Shelter the Outcasts

“Give counsel. Grant justice. Make your shade like night at the height of noon. Shelter the outcasts. Do not reveal the fugitive. Let the outcasts of Moab sojourn among you [Judah]. Be a shelter to them from the destroyer [Assyria]. When the oppressor is no more, and destruction has ceased, and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land, then a throne will be established in loyal love, and on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David one who judges, seeks justice, and is swift...

September 15, 2021

Send the Lamb

"Send the lamb to the ruler [Hezekiah] of the land [of Judah], from Sela [in Edom], by way of the desert [east of the Dead Sea], to the mount of the daughter of Zion [Jerusalem]. Like fleeing birds, like a scattered nest, so are the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Arnon." - Isaiah 16:1-2Around 710 bc, Assyria is again on the march, and she's got Moab in her sights. Moab is in panic and fleeing south into Edom, carrying as much belongings as she can. Her cities are being overrun by the Assy...

September 14, 2021

Refuge in Zion

"What will one [in Judah] answer the messengers of the nation [of Philistia who are proposing a military defensive alliance against Assyria]? Yahweh has founded Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge." - Isaiah 14:32 Around 715 bc, Assyria is marching south toward Philistia and Judah. Messengers of Philistia are sent to the new Judean king, Hezekiah, to propose a military alliance so that the two nations can withstand the Assyrian onslaught. What will Hezekiah, the young king, ...

September 10, 2021

Rest from Pain and Turmoil

Babylonian Striding Lions, Pergamon Museum, Berlin...

September 9, 2021

Pompous Pride Laid Low

"For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light. The sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light. I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity. I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless. I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir." - Isaiah 13:10-12 Around 700 bc, Isaiah writes of Babylon and the punishment she will receive b...

September 8, 2021

Every Human Heart Will Melt

"Wail, for the day of Yahweh is near. As destruction from the Almighty it will come! Therefore all hands will be feeble, and every human heart will melt. They will be dismayed. Pangs and agony will seize them. They will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at one another. Their faces will be aflame." - Isaiah 13:6-8 In writing of Babylon around 700 bc, Isaiah speaks of a time when Yahweh will muster a huge army, attack Babylon, and bring her to her knees. Isaiah's prophecy ...

September 7, 2021

Please Vote No

To Members of Parliament, I write to express my deep concern at the proposed Conversion Practices Prohibition bill currently before you. Please VOTE NO to this proposed law. I write as a New Zealand permanent resident, an attorney, a military officer, and a pastor. I live in Dunedin with my wife and our five children. I urge you to consider the following eight points: There is no demonstrated need for this bill in New Zealand. This bill addresses a problem that does not exist to any significant ...

September 5, 2021

Drawing Water from the Wells of Yeshua

“Behold, God is my salvation [Yeshua]. I will trust and will not be afraid. For Yah Yahweh is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation [Yeshua]. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation [Yeshua]." - Isaiah 12:2-3Isaiah writes of a future time, "in that day," when the remnant of Israel will sing a salvation song. It will be sung individually (Isaiah 12:1-2) and corporately (Isaiah 12:3-6). The song emphasises thanksgiving, comfort, trust, joy, and proclamation bec...

September 5, 2021

The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb

William Strutt (b. 1825), "The Peace" ...

September 3, 2021

A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse

14th-century "Jesse window" at St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury...

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