How should Christians think about wealth? The church has struggled with how to handle worldly wealth. Monks take vows of poverty while the health and wealth preachers exhort their followers to give to God to get from God. Many of the Proverbs of Solomon, the wealthiest man of his day, address the issue of wealth and poverty, rich and poor. We’ll sift through the book to see what treasures can be mined to help us be wise about wealth.
Everyone from Barcalounger to BMW promises heaven on earth, but no one truly delivers. Every earthly comfort leaves us either disappointed or longing for more. Only God can deliver heaven on earth through the gift of His Presence and He is in the process of doing so through His Son, whom we have the privilege of proclaiming to the nations.
Rituals are wonderful servants but terrible masters. Once they take on a life of their own, they enslave us and obscure their original purpose. Religious rituals are especially dangerous, which is why God warns us to beware ritualistic religion that is devoid of Him so that we might experience true revival through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Tangible symbols help us understand and remember God’s promises. In Zechariah 6, God instructs the returned exiles to create a crown for the high priest, symbolizing the coming Messiah who would be both an atoning priest and a defending king. We face many challenges in our day and the Lord provides us with tangible symbols (chiefly His supper) so that we, too, might have faith in our glorious Savior who remains both priest and king forever.
Pride, one of the “seven deadly sins,” could be called the father of all human sinfulness. If you have ever encountered someone who was proud of their humility, then you know this is true! Proverbs has much to warn us about pride’s dangers and much to teach us about the beauty and benefits of humility.
Studying the Lord’s vengeance in Zechariah 6 helps us see why our vengeance is both unhelpful and unnecessary. Rather than being consumed by revenge, we may be set free by the Savior who submitted to ultimate injustice in our place and who will execute perfect justice in His timing.
What do flying scrolls and women in baskets have to do with the Christian life? What do these sixth and seventh night visions, delivered to Zechariah over 2,500 years ago, even mean? Zechariah 5 invites us to learn more about the God from whom no injustice will escape, and who will ultimately remove the sin of His people through the Savior who was cursed, judged, and lifted up in our place.
Christianity stands or falls on the reality of Christ’s resurrection. Whether you are a skeptic, a believer, or a person who struggles to believe, the evidence of Luke 24 demands the verdict that Jesus is alive and able to grant eternal life to everyone who appeals to him for grace.