Before Abraham Was, I Am (John 8:48-59)

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Before Abraham Was, I Am (John 8:48-59)

In this passage, Jesus engages in a heated dialogue with the Jewish leaders. The Jews accuse Jesus of being a Samaritan and possessed by a demon, to which Jesus responds that he honors his Father, while they dishonor him. He further states that anyone who keeps his word will never see death. The...


They have greatly oppressed me from my youth (Psalm 129)

Psalm 129 is a part of songs of ascents, traditionally recited by Israelites during pilgrimages to Jerusalem. This psalm reflects on the persistent oppression of Israel by its enemies and acknowledges divine deliverance. The psalm begins with the psalmist recalling Israel's long history of...


Blessed are All Who Fear the Lord (Psalm 128)

Psalm 128 is a song of ascents, part of a collection of psalms sung by Jewish pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. It is a concise poem, rich in blessings and promises for those who fear Yahweh and walk in his ways. The theological message of the psalm emphasizes the importance of piety and the fear...


Unless the Lord builds the house (Psalm 127)

Psalm 127:1-5, attributed to Solomon, emphasizes the importance of divine providence and blessing in all human endeavors. The stress of the passege is clearly that without the Lord's involvement and blessing, human efforts are ultimately futile. The psalm begins in verse 1 with the assertion...


When the Lord Restored the Fortunes of Zion, We Were Like Those Who Dreamed (Psalm 126)

Psalm 126 is a powerful passage that belongs to the collection of Psalms known as the "Songs of Ascents," traditionally sung by pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem for religious festivals. This specific psalm reflects a communal memory of past deliverance and a prayer for future restoration,...


Those Who Trust in the Lord (Psalm 125)

Psalm 125 is a song of ascents, expressing trust in God's protection and justice. It uses vivid imagery and key Hebrew terms to convey its message of faith and divine justice.  The Psalm begins by comparing those who trust in the Lord to Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but stands forever. This...


If the Lord Had Not Been on Our Side (Psalm 124)

Psalm 124 is a song of ascents, traditionally attributed to King David, that expresses profound gratitude and recognition of divine intervention and protection in the face of adversity. The psalm begins by inviting the Israelites to consider the hypothetical situation of the Lord not being on...


Abraham is our father (John 8:39-47)

In John 8:39-47, Jesus engages in a deep and confrontational dialogue with the Jews who believed in Him, focusing on the themes of spiritual lineage, truth, and freedom. The passage contrasts the notion of physical descent from Abraham with the spiritual descent that comes from doing the works of...


Truth Will Set You Free (John 8:31-38)

John 8:31-38 is a passage in which Jesus speaks about the truth and freedom with those Jews who had believed in him.  In the dialog, Jesus addresses Jews, stating, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (v. 31-32). The...