Revisiting some of my favorites from October 2017, when I had of fun taking photos after a rainy day. During this time I had computer software that could only make basic adjustments. I could change a photo to monochrome, crop, and I was astonished that I could add text to images, only because I had been searching for this capability and for a while was not able to find it. Capturing the beads of water in these was so exciting to me, because they are so beautiful. Enjoy!
The word ‘mercy’ in Hebrew is used about 250 times in the Old Testament, and refers to God’s gracious love. It is a comprehensive term that encompasses love, grace, mercy, goodness, forgiveness, truth, compassion, and faithfulness. The bedrock of faith is the reality that God keeps all His promises according to His truthful, faithful character.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Lamentations 3:22, 23.
Because He is the eternal Second Person of the Godhead, Christ’s priesthood cannot end. He obtained His priesthood, not by virtue of the law, but by virtue of His deity.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 7:16.
To ‘walk worthy’ is a key New Testament concept which calls the believer to live in a way that is consistent with his identification with the Lord who saved him. Being ‘fruitful in every good work’ refers to spiritual fruit, which is the byproduct of a righteous life. The Bible identifies spiritual fruit as leading people to Christ (1 Cor. 16:15), praising God (Heb. 13:15), giving money (Rom. 15:26-28), living a godly life (Heb. 12:11), and displaying holy attitudes (Gal. 5:22,23). Increasing in the knowledge of God – spiritual growth cannot occur apart from this knowledge (1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18). The evidences of spiritual growth include a deeper love for God’s Word (Ps. 119:97), a more perfect obedience (1 John 2:3-5), a strong doctrinal foundation (1 John 2:12-14), an expanding faith (2 Thess. 1:3), and a greater love for others (Phil. 1:9).
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:10.
A tree planted in the courtyard of the temple symbolized the thriving conditions of those who maintain a close relationship with the Lord.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 92:13.
Have a beautiful weekend!
A summons to repentance and faith that is inherent in the gospel message: many hear it; “few respond” (see the many-few comparison in Matthew 7:13,14). Those who respond are the “chosen,” the elect.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Matthew 22:14.