Iron Sharpens Iron

I have previously written about the Bible’s symbolic use of iron, which is predominantly negative. In 1 Kings 8:51, for instance, God tells us that Tubal-Cain’s metalwork belongs to the slave-holders of Egypt, “that iron-smelting furnace.” Iron is the joy of giants, descendents of the serpent, like King Og of Bashan who slept on a bedsteadContinue reading “Iron Sharpens Iron”

Wife of the Keeper of the Wardrobe

In 2 Chronicles 34, God begins the story of Josiah, eight years old when he becomes king of Judah. Eight, the number of circumcision, a sign of new creation (see Rom. 2:28-29, Col. 2:11-13). And in case God didn’t catch our attention the first time, He gives us a few more sparks from His guidingContinue reading “Wife of the Keeper of the Wardrobe”

As a Bride Adorns Herself

The more I read the Old Testament closely, the more I love Paul. The more I’m like hey Paul, I see you and I get you. And that’s pretty amazing because ignorant and unstable people have at times made me want to hate Paul (2 Peter 3:15-18). I’ve had some real LOL moments with PaulContinue reading “As a Bride Adorns Herself”