Posts with the category “biblical-characters”
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
July 26th, 2023
In I Peter 5:6, the apostle wrote, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” It is not hard to imagine a much more mature and a much old...
Monday, July 24, 2023
July 24th, 2023
Acts 15 describes a pivotal moment in the early church. The first believers were wrestling with how to incorporate Gentile believers into the life of the church. Acts 15:1 says that “cer...
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
July 19th, 2023
Peter wrote two of the letters that we have in our Bible. Both letters bear his name—1 Peter and 2 Peter. We find them near the end of the New Testament. In the second letter, Peter cho...
Monday, July 17, 2023
July 17th, 2023
In Acts 12, we find that Peter has been imprisoned. James was “put to death with the sword” (Acts 12:2). The reaction of the Jewish leadership to James’ death was so favorable and supporti...
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
July 11th, 2023
In Acts 11, Peter was called on to defend or explain his actions at Cornelius’ house in Acts 10. News quickly reached the apostles and believers in Judea that some nearby Gentiles had receive...
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
July 11th, 2023
Through the first dozen chapters of Acts, we can observe Peter’s growth as an apostle and a follower of Christ. He came a long way from his days as a fisherman and an impulsive and often d...
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
July 5th, 2023
Dreams and visions can be enlightening and frightening. There are plenty of examples in the Bible of God speaking through both. In Acts 10, Peter was in Joppa when the Lord gave him a vis...
Monday, July 3, 2023
July 3rd, 2023
Acts 8 introduces us to an interesting character named Simon the Sorcerer. He had dazzled and amazed people with his magic and bag of tricks for a long time. But then the gospel came to ...
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
June 28th, 2023
Acts 5 recorded the persecution that the apostles suffered at the hands of the Sadducees. This persecution was motivated by “jealousy” as these religious leaders plainly saw just how much ...
Monday, June 26, 2023
June 26th, 2023
There are two relatively obscure characters in the Bible, a husband and wife, who are forever associated with trickery and deception. We know them as Ananias and Sapphira. They had a terrib...
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
June 19th, 2023
You may be familiar with the expression that says “no good deed ever goes unpunished.” That expression was true with Peter and John shortly after they healed the lame beggar in Acts 3. ...
Monday, June 19, 2023
June 19th, 2023
In the latter portion of Acts 2, Peter spoke to a crowd of onlookers that had witnessed his healing of a man who had been born lame. The Bible says that “all the people were astonished an...
Thursday, June 15, 2023
June 15th, 2023
The early chapters of Acts leave us amazed at the kind of man and apostle that Peter had become. It would have been almost impossible to imagine this kind of change in Peter on that night ...
Monday, June 12, 2023
June 12th, 2023
In Acts 2, following the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Peter preached to the crowd that had assembled in Jerusalem. His sermon was an impassioned call to faith in Christ. Appar...
Thursday, June 8, 2023
June 8th, 2023
The story of Jesus’ transfiguration can be found in three of the four gospels. Matthew, Mark and Luke record this seminal moment in Jesus’ life. You may recall that Jesus invited Peter, Ja...
Monday, June 5, 2023
June 5th, 2023
Walking on water is an extraordinary feat. Much too rare to be an Olympic event. But about midway through Matthew’s gospel, Jesus did just that. He walked on the lake where the disciples...
Thursday, June 1, 2023
June 1st, 2023
In John 21:15-19, we read about Jesus’ efforts to “reinstate Peter.” The Lord had prepared breakfast for Peter and the other disciples who were at the seashore. When the meal ended, Jesu...
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
May 31st, 2023
We know that Jesus rose from the dead. That is a cardinal belief in the Christian faith. The cross was not the end. Our Lord died but He rose again. He made multiple appearances followin...
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
May 30th, 2023
In John 18, Jesus was arrested. The Lord was quickly moving forward in a current that led to the cross. There will be no turning back. There will be no concessions or compromises. A cro...
Thursday, May 25, 2023
May 25th, 2023
Following the foot washing in John 13, Judas departed from Jesus and the rest of the disciples to do his deeds of darkness and betrayal. Attention next turned to Peter once again. Peter a...
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
May 24th, 2023
We go back to the scene in John 13 just before Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. As the Lord was washing the feet of the disciples, Peter put up a personal protest. We do not know anything ab...
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
May 23rd, 2023
When Peter heard that Jesus wanted to wash his feet, his initial reaction was dismay. “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” (John 13:6b). And rather quickly, his dismay morphed into deni...
Monday, May 22, 2023
May 22nd, 2023
John 13 is loaded with movement and heart-stopping moments. Immediately, John tells us the timing of the chapter. He wrote, “It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that th...
Thursday, May 18, 2023
May 18th, 2023
John 6:66 records a reality that is hard to fathom. John wrote, “From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.” People turned away from Jesus and deserted ...
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
May 17th, 2023
How would you like to take a “faith test” personally administered by Jesus? Sounds daunting, right? Peter took such a test and without any notice or warning. A little more than mid-way ...
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
May 16th, 2023
Peter and Jesus once attended a dinner party at the home of a Pharisee. It was not a state dinner at the White House but it was somewhere between Biltmore and Burger King. We pick up this s...
Monday, May 15, 2023
May 15th, 2023
Peter was a remarkable man. Fisherman. Proud. He was a big mouth and big maker of promises. Though we have no idea about his physical appearance, I envision him as a tough, brawny man w...
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
May 3rd, 2023
Maybe one of the most beloved stories in the Bible is the one that involves David and Goliath. We know the outcome of this story—David killed Goliath and won the praise and favor of the nat...
Monday, May 1, 2023
May 1st, 2023
We find a one-of-a-kind encounter in Numbers 22. I will bet you have never had a conversation with a donkey. You may have thought some people you have talked with acted like donkeys or may...
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
March 14th, 2023
We know that David wrote many of the Psalms that we have in our Bibles. In his writing, he was often inspired by the Holy Spirit to reflect upon his relationship with God and what that rea...
Monday, February 27, 2023
February 27th, 2023
Psalm 51 is a passage of confession and contrition. David wrote this Psalm after his ordeal with Bathsheba and conspiring to arrange the murder of her husband, Uriah. Nathan confronted t...
Thursday, February 23, 2023
February 23rd, 2023
In Genesis 22, God tested Abraham. And wow, what a test! The test came in the form of commanding Abraham to sacrifice his son—his one and only son—Isaac. Keep in mind that Abraham had wai...
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
February 22nd, 2023
We often speak about God’s promises. And even more often, we have to claim them and rely on them. One aspect of faith is taking God at His Word and placing trust in His promises. In Gen...
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
February 21st, 2023
About a third of the way into Genesis, God spoke to Abram (who would later be called Abraham). At the time, the Bible says that Abram was ninety-nine years old. He had lived a long time. ...
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
February 15th, 2023
Near the end of his life and the book of Deuteronomy, Moses sang to the people of Israel. He had led Israel out of Egypt, through the parted waters of the Red Sea and in the wilderness but...
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
January 31st, 2023
It can be interesting to read inscriptions and epitaphs that we find on grave stones and grave markers. Some are imaginative. Some are humbling. Some are even thought provoking. And som...
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
January 25th, 2023
Isaiah’s name means “God is salvation.” He carried a good name for a prophet of the Almighty. In his next to last chapter, he wrote, “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The...
Monday, January 23, 2023
January 23rd, 2023
We occasionally find ourselves in embarrassing circumstances. Often, those situations can be funny. And it is probably good to laugh at ourselves at times and to laugh along with others a...
Thursday, January 19, 2023
January 19th, 2023
Zechariah can be found near the end of the Old Testament. It is the next to last book of the Old Testament. He wrote to provide hope and encouragement to Israel during some dire and diffic...
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
January 18th, 2023
Joshua succeeded Moses as the leader of Israel just before it was time to take the land that God had decided to give Israel. Jericho was a city that Israel had to conquer and take in orde...
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