John MacArthur

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.

The Final World System

Zech 5;9b

Inside the basket was sitting a woman, personifying the final wicked system found in Revelation 17:3-5.  The wicked system is represented as a basket with a woman held captive inside under a lead lid.  Since storks are unclean birds (Leviticus 11:19; Deuteronomy 14:18) these must be agents of evil, demonic forces, protective of the wicked secularism, who set up the final system of evil.  The destination of the women bearing the basket was Shinar.  There it will be placed in a “house,” possibly referring to a temple, in which it would be set on a base or pedestal as an idol.  The secular commercialism is central to the final world system.  The vision is unmistakably looking forward to the final Babylon of Revelation 17, 18 at the second coming of Christ.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Zechariah chapter 5.

Blessing-given and giving

1 Peter 3;9

The blessing that a Christian is to give to the reviler includes finding ways to serve him, praying for his salvation or spiritual progress, expressing thankfulness for him, speaking well of him, and desiring his well-being.  A person whom God has given undeserved blessings instead of judgement, should seek the blessing he will receive when giving a free gift of forgiveness to someone who has wronged him.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Peter 3:9.