Exodus 2:11-3:22

Moses lives through two-thirds (80 years) of his life in this passage.  God takes him from a miraculous birth to a privileged upbringing to a decades-long lesson in humility and survival.  Throughout this portion of his life – though it’s certainly not obvious to Moses – God prepares him to be the deliverer of Israel […]

Exodus 1:1-2:10

Genesis ended on a high note.  Jacob reunited with his long-lost son and died a satisfied man.  Joseph – after being used by God to save the civilized world from starvation and becoming the second most powerful man in the world – lived to see four generations of his offspring.  The family of Jacob was […]

II John

Unlike I John, which was written as a public document to be circulated among groups of churches, II John is directed to a specific local church.  It is written as a personal letter rather than as a treatise.  Interestingly, it basically summarizes the message of I John.  Many of the same themes appear and warnings […]

I John 5:21

These are John’s final words to his readers.  After 84 verses stressing love, obedience, and belief and after a section full of encouragement centered around the things we know (eternal life, confidence in prayer, the evil of the world, the truth of the Son of God), John decides to leave his spiritual children with one […]

I John 5:18-20

As he comes closer to the end of his letter John continues to heap encouragement on his readers.  Since verse 13 he has concentrated his teaching on things we know as believers and the assurance that comes from that knowledge.  In this passage he adds three more amazing promises.  He is finishing in a fury […]

I John 5:16-17

After discussing the amazing promise that God always answers prayers according to His will, John tells his readers they can use the power of prayer for more than just themselves.  As believers who come confidently before God, we can ask Him to give life to a brother who sins and He will do it.  But […]

I John 5:14-15

These verses come right out of the promise of verse 13.  If we know we have eternal life, then we know we can come before God in confidence when we pray.  As John comes to the end of his letter he focuses on the promises he most wants his readers to understand.  Combined with verse […]