But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

For the Love of God - Apologetic Report
Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 27; Psalm 34; Eccl. 10; Titus 2

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Leviticus 27; Psalm 34; Ecclesiastes 10; Titus 2

ONE OF THE INEVITABLE CHARACTERISTICS of those who genuinely praise the Lord is that they want others to join with them in their praise. They recognize that if God is the sort of God their praises say he is, then he ought to be recognized by others....

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Friday, 21 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 26; Psalm 33; Eccl. 9; Titus 1

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Leviticus 26; Psalm 33; Ecclesiastes 9; Titus 1

ONE OF THE COMMON FEATURES of ancient suzerainty treaties — treaties between some regional superpower and a vassal state (see March 13) — was some section near the end that spelled out the advantages of compliance and the dangers of...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 25; Psalm 32; Eccl. 8; 2 Timothy 4

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Leviticus 25; Psalm 32; Ecclesiastes 8; 2 Timothy 4

“BLESSED IS HE WHOSE TRANSGRESSIONS ARE FORGIVEN, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit” (Ps. 32:1-2). In a theistic universe where God keeps the books,...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 24; Psalm 31; Ecclesiastes 7; 2 Timothy 3

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Leviticus 24; Psalm 31; Ecclesiastes 7; 2 Timothy 3

DAVID WAS IN DEEP TROUBLE. The exact circumstances may be obscure to us, as we who live three thousand years later probe the details. But we do know that David was shut up in a besieged city (Ps. 31:21) and felt trapped. He was so threatened that...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 23; Psalm 30; Eccl. 6; 2 Timothy 2

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Leviticus 23; Psalm 30; Ecclesiastes 6; 2 Timothy 2

LEVITICUS 23 PROVIDES A description of the principal “appointed feasts” (23:2). These include the Sabbath, which of course could not be observed by taking a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The remaining feasts mentioned, however, are bound up...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 22; Psalms 28-29; Eccl. 5; 2 Timothy 1

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Leviticus 22; Psalms 28-29; Ecclesiastes 5; 2 Timothy 1

THE OPENING VERSES OF PSALM 29 SUGGEST that a great part of what it means to “worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” is to ascribe to him the praise that is his due: ascribe to him glory and strength, “the glory due...

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Leviticus 21; Psalms 26–27; Ecclesiastes 4; 1 Timothy 6

“ONE THING I ASK OF THE LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Ps. 27:4). This glorious stance finds...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 20; Psalm 25; Ecclesiastes 3; 1 Timothy 5

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Leviticus 20; Psalm 25; Ecclesiastes 3; 1 Timothy 5

ONE OF THE STARTLING FEATURES OF PSALM 25 is the diversity of needs David asks the Lord to address.

David is in danger of being overwhelmed by enemies and thereby put to shame (Ps. 25:2). He wishes to learn the ways and paths of God, to be taught...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 19; Psalms 23-24; Eccl. 2; 1 Timothy 4

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Leviticus 19; Psalms 23-24; Ecclesiastes 2; 1 Timothy 4

PERHAPS THE MOST STRIKING FEATURE OF LEVITICUS 19 is the repeated clause, “I am the LORD.” In each case, it provides the reason why the Israelites are to obey the particular command.

Each must respect his mother and father, and must...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 18; Psalm 22; Ecclesiastes 1; 1 Timothy 3

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Leviticus 18; Psalm 22; Ecclesiastes 1; 1 Timothy 3

THE BEGINNING OF THE SO-CALLED “HOLINESS CODE” (Lev. 18) is full of interest. We should take note of at least four things:

(1) Just because this is the first time that some prohibitions have been articulated in the Bible does not...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 17; Psalms 20-21; Proverbs 31; 1 Timothy 2

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Leviticus 17; Psalms 20-21; Proverbs 31; 1 Timothy 2

TWO SPECIFICATIONS IN LEVITICUS 17 constrained the ancient Israelite who wished to remain faithful to the covenant.

The first (17:1-9) limited sacrifices to what the Mosaic Covenant mandates and sanctions. Apparently some Israelites were offering...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 16; Psalm 19; Proverbs 30; 1 Timothy 1

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Leviticus 16; Psalm 19; Proverbs 30; 1 Timothy 1

GOD IS SO WONDERFULLY GENEROUS in his self-disclosure. He has not revealed himself to this race of rebels in some stinting way, but in nature, by his Spirit, in his Word, in great events in redemptive history, in institutions that he ordained to...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 15; Psalm 18; Proverbs 29; 2 Thess. 3

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Leviticus 15; Psalm 18; Proverbs 29; 2 Thessalonians 3

DAVID WROTE PSALM 18 after the Lord had delivered him from the hand of Saul and all his enemies. It is a joyous, grateful psalm. Some of the same themes we found in Psalms 16 and 17 are repeated here. But among the new elements in this psalm are...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 14; Psalm 17; Proverbs 28; 2 Thess. 2

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Leviticus 14; Psalm 17; Proverbs 28; 2 Thessalonians 2

PSALM 17 IS A PRAYER FOR VINDICATION. Certainly David knows that he is not always righteous (see Ps. 51!). But in particular circumstances, the believing man or woman may well be certain that he or she has acted with utter integrity, with...

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 13; Psalms 15-16; Proverbs 27; 2 Thess. 1

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Leviticus 13; Psalms 15-16; Proverbs 27; 2 Thessalonians 1

OBSERVE THE PATTERN OF CAPITAL LETTERS: “I said to the LORD, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing’” (Ps. 16:2). In other words, addressing Yahweh (“LORD”), David confesses him...

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Leviticus 11-12; Psalms 13-14; Proverbs 26; 1 Thessalonians 5

IN THIS MEDITATION I want to bring two passages together: “I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves about on the ground. I am the LORD...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 10; Psalms 11-12; Proverbs 25; 1 Thess. 4

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Leviticus 10; Psalms 11-12; Proverbs 25; 1 Thessalonians 4

IN LEVITICUS 8 AARON AND HIS SONS, under a ritual prescribed by God, are ordained as priests. In Leviticus 9, they begin their ministry. Here in Leviticus 10, still within the seven days of their ordination rites, two of Aaron’s sons,...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 9; Psalm 10; Proverbs 24; 1 Thess. 3

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Leviticus 9; Psalm 10; Proverbs 24; 1 Thessalonians 3

PSALM 10 CONTINUES THE THEME of the justice and judgment of God, now slanted away from the more immediate and personal issue of justice for David when he feels betrayed by his enemies and toward a more general treatment. Where is God when evil...

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Leviticus 8; Psalm 9; Proverbs 23; 1 Thessalonians 2

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT in democracy, the Founding Fathers adopted several stances, accepted by few today, that were deeply indebted to the Judeo-Christian heritage. This is not to say that the Founding Fathers were all...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 7; Psalms 7-8; Proverbs 22; 1 Thess. 1

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Leviticus 7; Psalms 7-8; Proverbs 22; 1 Thessalonians 1

PSALM 7 IS THE SECOND OF FOURTEEN PSALMS that are linked in the title to some historical event (the first is Ps. 3). We cannot know the details, but clearly David felt terribly betrayed when he was falsely charged by someone close to him who...

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Leviticus 6; Psalms 5-6; Proverbs 21; Colossians 4

AT THE BEGINNING OF LEVITICUS 6, the Lord lays down through Moses what must take place when someone in the covenant community has lied to a neighbor about something entrusted to him, has cheated him, has lied about recovered property so that he can...

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 15:00

Leviticus 5; Psalms 3-4; Proverbs 20; Colossians 3

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Leviticus 5; Psalms 3-4; Proverbs 20; Colossians 3

IMAGINE A COMPLEX, WELL-ORDERED SOCIETY such that in every area of life there are actions that make a person dirty and further prescribed actions that make that person clean. When you get up in the morning, you wear clothes of certain kinds of...

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Leviticus 4; Psalms 1-2; Proverbs 19; Colossians 2

THE FIRST PSALMIS sometimes designated a wisdom psalm. In large part this designation springs from the fact that it offers two ways, and only two ways — the way of the righteous (Ps.1:1-3) and the way of the wicked (1:4-5), with a final...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 15:00

Leviticus 2-3; John 21; Proverbs 18; Colossians 1

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Leviticus 2-3; John 21; Proverbs 18; Colossians 1

AFTER THE REMARKABLE EXCHANGE that reinstates Peter, Jesus quietly tells him that this discipleship will someday cost him his life: “When you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:00

Leviticus 1; John 20; Proverbs 17; Philippians 4

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Leviticus 1; John 20; Proverbs 17; Philippians 4

THOMAS GETS A LOT OF BAD PRESS — “Doubting Thomas,” we call him. Yet the reason he doubts that Jesus has risen from the dead may have more to do with the fact that he was not present when Jesus first appeared to the apostolic band (Jo...

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