The Christian Life (Revelation 1:9–11)

Revelation 1:9–11 introduces a new section of the Apocalypse, a vision of Jesus Christ in glory, dictating letters to John for the seven churches. The vision extends from 1:9 to 3:22. Before we look at Jesus, however, let us look at John, noting these things especially: Self-description: “your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus” Location: “the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus” Situation: “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” Commission: “Write what you see in a book and send … Continue reading The Christian Life (Revelation 1:9–11)

Life Is Difficult (Ecclesiastes 7:7–14)

“Life is difficult,” as M. Scott Peck so memorably wrote in The Road Less Traveled. How, then, does the wise person deal with it? How does he live with life’s difficulties? Ecclesiastes 7:7–14 offers sage advice in answer to those questions.[1] First, realize that life’s difficulties present temptations to shortcuts, which should be avoided. “Surely oppression drives the wise into madness, and a bribe corrupts the heart.” The oppression spoken of here is not what the wise man does but what is done to him. (A truly wise person does not oppress his fellows.) Oppression pushes him to the breaking … Continue reading Life Is Difficult (Ecclesiastes 7:7–14)