Lamp of the Lamb

I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it,
because the glory of God illuminates the city,
and the Lamb is its lamp.
Revelation 1:22

The Cupbearer’s Memory

In Hebrew Bible times, the cupbearer to the king was an office of extraordinary responsibility and prestige. A cupbearer served wine to the king, but his job was much more as it involved tasting the wine before the king drank, for quality but also in case of poison. An office of oppositions. There are two …

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The zeal that consumes us

Remember me, O my God, for good. Nehemiah 13:31 The book of Nehemiah is so compelling, so piercing, so full of love and longing for God. So full of Christ. Nehemiah rebuilds the Temple after exile, as Jesus would rebuild the Temple of His Body, even us (Jn 2:19, 1 Cor. 12:27). But there’s more. …

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The Gentle Heart of Christ

In Matthew 11:29, we find the heart of Jesus Christ. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. The word translated here as “gentle” is πραΰς, whose four uses in the New Testament convey a concentration of brilliant and heavenly …

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Because They Understood

When the people of God had rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem, the seventh month came, and all of Israel were in their cities (Neh. 7:73). Then the people gathered as one man (Rom. 5:19), and Ezra the priest read out the law and explained it them. All the people answered “Amen! Amen!” lifting up their …

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Until the Stars Appeared

In the book of Nehemiah, God’s people rebuild Jerusalem, City of God, after their exile to Babylon and then to Persia. But their enemies are watching in anger and will not leave them alone for long. Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem, regional governors under the king of Persia, are among the troublemakers. They mock the Jews …

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As One Man

If you read the Bible as the story of Jesus Christ loving, pursuing and rescuing His Bride (Jn 3:16), you will feel the intense pang of being perfectly cherished many times over. And the book of Ezra is one place where that will most certainly happen. Toward the end of 2 Chronicles, we are at …

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