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Why Haven't The Jews Embraced Their Messiah?

February 08, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Today in our RMM readings we encountered the difficult matter of the Jewish rejection of Jesus Christ. Paul is very troubled by this reality and it is a cause of concern for Christian people even to this day. So why is it that the people to whom these promises were originally given and with whom God had been so patient and gracious over the years should seem to find themselves on the outside looking in?   Paul recognizes the challenge that this strange state of affaires presents to...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 8, 2017

February 08, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 7 At times it is almost uncomfortable to watch as Job lays his heart bare before his friends and ultimately before God. The grief he feels is not a shallow grief. Job has lost almost everything that he could possibly lose. His pain is real and intense so he tells God and his counsellors: “Therefore I will not restrain my mouth;I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.” (Job 7:11 ESV) Being true to his word, Job carries on with unrestrained...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 6, 2017

February 06, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Job 5 Job 5 continues the speech of Eliphaz.  Job’s counsellors say many true things - they simply do not apply in Job’s case.  Eliphaz has a simplistic view of the world that does not seem to account for the sinfulness of sin or the Sovereignty of God.  He sounds like a religious fortune cookie and he speaks in proverbs and platitudes.  He is absolutely convinced that there is a direct connection between sin and suffering.  He says: For affliction does not come from...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 3, 2017

February 03, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 2 In the first chapter, Job’s faithfulness to God was tested by the removal of his possessions and children. Once again his authenticity is tried but this time by the stripping of his health. Satan’s hope was that this would cause him to curse God. And while many of us would like to proclaim that we would persist in not cursing God, it is hard for us to even imagine the reality of this situation happening in our lives. Our lives of luxury often make us quick to condemn those like Job’s...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 1, 2017

February 01, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Esther 9 & 10 In the preceding chapter an edict had gone out that permitted the Jews to gather together and to take up arms against their enemies. Today, the story of Esther concludes and the victory is described in detail. In the city of Susa alone, God’s people destroyed 500 of their enemies. King Xerxes, apparently impressed by the success of the Jews, asks Esther, “In Susa the citadel the Jews have killed and destroyed 500 men and also the ten sons of Haman. What then have they done...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Esther 7 Chapter 7 brings the narrative in the Book of Esther to its dramatic climax. Esther reveals the genocidal plot of Haman to the King who is so enraged that he has to leave the room to compose himself. While he is out of the room Haman throws himself bodily upon the Queen to beg for mercy. Unfortunately for Haman, the King chooses that moment precisely to re-enter the room and he believes that Haman has assaulted the Queen. It is all downhill from there for the would be murderer of the...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Esther 4 Haman made his edict, sealing the fate of the Jews. Mordecai, feeling the weight of this injustice, wails with grief. Without a deliverer all of the Jews would face death. Although not explicitly mentioned, God was providentially working in the background.  Esther knew that submitting to the plea of Mordecai to speak to the King would likely result in death. But Mordecai reassured her by asking, “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 25, 2017

January 25, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Esther 2 Even experienced Bible readers sometimes confess that they have a hard time understanding Esther. This is not to suggest that the story itself is confusing – it is quite straightforward. The frustration is caused by the seeming absence of God in this book. In fact, in the book of Esther, God is not mentioned by name even once.  Today’s chapter narrates a scandalous story that sounds more like what we would expect from Hollywood than from the Bible. We’re introduced to Mordecai,...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 23, 2017

January 23, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Nehemiah 13 In many Bibles Nehemiah chapter 13 is given the title “Nehemiah’s Final Reforms”. It tells the story of Nehemiah’s second term as governor of Jerusalem and Judea. Look at verse 6: While this was taking place, I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I went to the king. And after some time I asked leave of the king 7 and came to Jerusalem, and I then discovered… (Nehemiah 13:6–7 ESV) The chapter details all of the regression that occurred...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections January 21, 2017

January 21, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Nehemiah 11 Nehemiah 11 relates how lots were taken to determine who would live in Jerusalem and who could remain in the towns.  Living in a mostly ruined city was certainly no easy prospect.  Food would be scarce, the water supply as yet unreliable, commerce only just recovering.  Country life would have been preferable at this stage of Israel’s recovery but Jerusalem had to exist and had to prosper for the nation to have an identity and a presence in the land.  It was the...Continue Reading