All the Grace that We Need

“Choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in who land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:15) One of the customs we have at…

The Wrecking Ball of the Spirit

We gathered here for war. We have been summonsed by our King: You are His nobles, His princes, His lords and ladies; You are His hosts, His armies, His lieutenants and captains and infantry. You have been in the fray this week. You have faced enemies, you have faced giants and dragons and sins and…

Fifth Sunday in Lent: Seventh Commandment I: Josh. 24:14-28, James 4:1-10, Lk. 16:13-31

Introduction Physical adultery is always the result of spiritual adultery. If we want to be faithful to our spouse, we must first be faithful to our God. Joshua 24 Joshua gathers all of the elders of Israel together to renew the covenant with them before God (Josh. 24:1). Joshua reviews Israel’s history, particularly focusing on…

I Will Never Leave You

In John’s gospel, Jesus says, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (Jn. 14:18). In Hebrews, the apostle writes: “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” (Heb. 13:5). While it…

Anathema in Romans

A couple months ago I was musing on the word “anathema” in the Septuagint here and here. In the second post in particular, I was considering the possible connections between the story of Achan/Jericho and Paul’s situation dealing with the Judiazers in Galatians. As I’ve been working on Romans 8-9 a bit recently, it occurs…

Achan as a Type of the False Gosel

In responding to a question in the previous post on the word “anathema” it occurred to me that Paul may have the Jericho/Achan story in mind when he applies the word to those who preach a false gospel. Three things: 1. As I note in my reply in the comments, the story is interesting for…

Anathema

In the Septuagint, “anathema/cursed” is used to describe those cities/people/objects which are wholly devoted to the Lord. And frequently, they are devoted to complete destruction (e.g. Num. 21:3, Dt. 7:26, 13:16, 20:17, Josh. 6:17-18, 7:1-13). Paul uses this word when he says that he wishes he could be “cursed” from Christ for the sake of…