God

Wisdom

Psalm 90;12

Evaluate the use of time in light of the brevity of life.  True wisdom repudiates autonomy and focuses on the Lord’s sovereignty and revelation.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 90:12.

Beautiful mercy

Lamentations 3;22-24

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.

Newness of life

Romans 6;4b

This is true if, in Christ, we died and were buried with Him, we have also been united with Him in His resurrection.  There is a new quality and character to our lives, a new principle of life.  This speaks of the believer’s regeneration (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 4:24).  Whereas sin describes the old life, righteousness describes the new.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 6:4.

Death reigned

Romans 5;17a

Adam’s sin brought universal death-exactly opposite the result he expected and Satan had promised: “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5).

Unlike Adam’s act, Christ’s act has-and will-accomplish exactly what He intended, i.e., spiritual life.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 5:17.