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June 18, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Psalm 119:176 ‘I have gone astray like a lost sheep, seek thy servant.’

The 119th psalm, it has been frequently observed by writers, is inundated with references to the Word of God. In all but a very few of the 176 verses there is an express reference to the Word. The Word has been spoken of in the many characters that it bears. The Psalmist...Keep Reading

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June 11, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Psalm 119:122 ‘Be surety for thy servant for good.’

In his Old Testament Word Studies, William Wilson has given to us the meaning of the noun, surety. He has offered this definition; ‘To become surety for any one, properly to exchange with him, to stand in his place; to become surety for one’s life, to pledge oneself for the life of another; for another’s debt, to give security for the payment.’...Keep Reading

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June 4, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Luke 4:28 ‘They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things.’

This demonstration took place after Jesus had read the Scriptures to those before Him in the synagogue. He had been asked to read, we may presume according to their custom. They had delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Isaiah, which He opened to a particular place where, we are told, it was written, and He read;...Keep Reading

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May 28, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

1 Kings 2:27 ‘That he might fulfil the word of Jehovah.’

The pericope under our purview for this week’s commentary is that which is related in context with king Solomon’s following his father David’s instructive warnings and advice which he gave to his son shortly before he died. He warned Solomon about Joab and Shimei, giving suggestive counsel recommending how he should behave toward each of them. This may be applied, by implication, to Abiathar the priest for he indeed implicated himself into the subtle plot of Adonijah’s attempt to usurp the throne. Solomon linked Abiathar with Adonijah and Joab in his response to his mother, Bath-sheba, recorded in 1 Kings 2:22......Keep Reading

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May 7, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Psalm 102:7 ‘I watch, and am become like a sparrow that is alone upon the housetop.’

The verse cited above for our focus passage this week is found joined together with the previous verse which should probably be taken as a piece. We put them together for consideration in that way; I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am become as an owl of the waste places. I watch, and am become like a sparrow that is alone upon the housetop....Keep Reading

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April 30, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

1 Samuel 1:14 ‘How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.’

Is this a classic case of misjudgment on the part of a ‘church leader’? If it is, indeed, not classic, it is at least most pointed. And does it not speak volumes to the issue of pastoral oversight and, particularly, to several other integral matters? Matters such as not judging empirically; in other words, not basing your judgment entirely, or primarily, on appearances; not ‘judging a book by its cover,’ perhaps we could say. Eli made an uninformed judgment based solely upon what his eyes saw and his mind imagined. We are, each one of us, prone to this sort of a lapse, and are most likely, each of us, guilty of it at some time in our lives and behavior, even as Christians, and perhaps, in some instances, especially as Christians....Keep Reading

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April 23, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

1 Corinthians 15:55 ‘O death, where is thy victory?’

‘O death, where is thy victory?’ These words of the apostle Paul in 15:55 of his first letter to the church of God at Corinth are citations from a pair of Old Testament prophets. Isaiah, in his twenty-fifth chapter had written, many years before Paul, these blessed promises from God to His covenant people for their faith and encouragement:...Keep Reading

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April 16, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Psalm 86:1 ‘Bow down thine ear, O Jehovah, and answer me; for I am poor and needy.’

While the majority, even most, of the Psalms have a superscription at their beginning...Keep Reading

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April 9, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

1 Corinthians 10:4 ‘They drank of a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.’

Paul is here referencing the account found in Exodus 17:1-7 which took place in the course of the march of the children of Israel through the wilderness after that God had delivered them from the bondage in Egypt under Pharaoh. We are told;...Keep Reading

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April 2, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

1 Corinthians 1:18 ‘The word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness’

This word of the cross; just what is it, and why would it be foolishness to any of the sons of men? What does foolishness involve? How may we recognize it? In ourselves? In others? How do people determine if they are being given a pure line of bologna? Is there some clue that will betray for us whether what we are being told and expected to believe is really only an ‘urban legend’? And what is the faculty; or what are the faculties, by which we may separate truth from fiction; reality from unreality; a demonstrable truth from the foolishness of men? Paul has, here in this letter to the church at Corinth, in these few brief, but terse, expressions, set forward several striking things; items for serious contemplation to the reader, or hearer....Keep Reading

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