Who Can Still the Sea

Who Can Still the Sea

WHO in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him. O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the raging of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them.  (Psalm 89:6–9) This magnificent song shows that the heaven and the earth, the whole world is God’s. He is to be had in reverence by all His creation. His majesty is demonstrated by His power to control the raging of the sea. But did you notice the question: ‘Who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord?’ Jesus answered

The Ancient World

The Ancient World

This is the seventh in a series in which we examine this fascinating Bible book. You can catch up with the previous articles at www.gladtidingsmagazine.org. ACTS WAS WRITTEN in the early part of 62ad and contains an account of the work of some of the apostles from about 30ad to 62ad. Some have suggested that it was written later but dressed up to seem authentic; others suggest that it has been tampered with since it was written so that it is an inaccurate record. One of the ways to test these assertions is to compare the content of Acts with what we know about the world in the period it describes. In Acts we find references to 51 different cities and to at least 20 provinces. Some of these are mentioned only in passing, but others are described in considerable detail. The detail in Acts can be matched up with

Stand Still and See the Salvation of the Lord

THE ONLY LIFE they knew was slavery. But now, with Moses as their leader, the people of Israel were preparing to leave for the Promised Land. Plague after plague had brought Egypt to its knees, as Almighty God demonstrated to the Pharaoh that it was time to let His people go. After the seventh plague the king’s advisers had urged him to agree to God’s request: “Do you not yet know,” they said, “that Egypt is destroyed?” (Exodus 10:7). But he couldn’t, or wouldn’t see, so more devastating acts of destruction followed, culminating in the death of the firstborn son in every home, the king’s included. Passover Night That was the night when God’s angels of destruction went through the land of Egypt and only spared those houses where the doorway was daubed with the blood of the Passover lamb. For the Israelites had been told about God’s escape plan

One For the Family

One For the Family

ARCHIE was a stray. We have no idea about his life before he came to us, except that it must have been difficult. He was thin, balding, nervous with people and manically aggressive towards other dogs. For the first few months we were the scourge of the neighbourhood, as we towed around our mangy fiend who snarled and lunged at every other dog we came across. But gradually he transformed into the good-natured hearth-rug we now know and love. Why the transformation? Dogs are social animals. In the wild they live together, they have a strong loyalty to the pack and a sense of their place in it. What Archie needed was the security of knowing that he belonged. Belonging People are very like dogs in this respect. We’re social animals. Some are more sociable than others. But we were designed to live in company, and God’s dealings with people

Lamentations

Lamentations

AFTER the Babylonian invasion of 586 bc, Jerusalem and its temple lay in ruins. The inspired writer (probably Jeremiah) knew that these troubles had been allowed by God because of His people the Jews’ refusal to respond to Him. The book of Lamentations contains a series of poems about the desolation of Jerusalem and the sufferings of the Jews. Despised and Rejected Chapter 1 is a sad commentary on the plight of the Jews, who would be despised and rejected by the world, just as God had been despised and rejected by them. The lamentations about God and His people are reflected in the sorrows and sufferings of Jesus. He bore “the yoke in his youth” (3:27) and gave “his cheek to the one who strikes him” (3:30) for the transgressions of others. These are echoes of Isaiah’s great prophecy of Jesus Christ: He was oppressed and he was afflicted,

Anxiety

Anxiety

AS A LOVING FATHER, God cares deeply about the wellbeing of His children. Within the Bible He has provided wise counsel to assist with all the problems of our lives. One of the major problems that afflicts many people is that of anxiety and worry. I am not saying that if you have a problem with anxiety, the Bible is necessarily all you need. Some problems require the assistance of medication or therapy. Reading the Bible will not solve a mental health problem, any more than it will treat a broken leg. The Bible does not deal with mental health, but it does deal with spiritual health. Attention to your spiritual health will solve many of your problems, and help with them all. And attention to your spiritual health will not just benefit you in this life, but it can equip you for eternal life! What Is Anxiety? You may

Jeremiah

Jeremiah

JEREMIAH lived in the last years of the Jewish kingdom, when the nation was growing increasingly godless and wicked. Judah was under threat from the empire of Babylon. Many Jews at the time wanted to seek the aid of the king of Egypt, but Jeremiah told them to submit to the king of Babylon instead, because this was in God’s purpose. He foretold the overthrow of Judah and surrounding nations. For preaching such a message, Jeremiah was cast into a muddy dungeon and left to die (38:6), but he was saved by a friend. The 70 Years Captivity Jeremiah prophesied a period of captivity for Judah: And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. ‘Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation,

The Meaning of Conversion

The Meaning of Conversion

CONVERSION is a word that Christians often use. The root meaning of the word is ‘to turn around’. Conversion is about a change of direction. Very often in the Bible the Christian life is described as a journey, following a certain course. We read of ‘walking in the spirit’; ‘running the race’; ‘finishing the course’; ‘pressing forward towards the goal’. Always going forward in a certain direction. Two Ways When Jesus was teaching he directed his hearers’ attention to the fact that there are two ways in which people can walk, two roads along which they can travel, two directions they can choose. Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who

The Problem with Rules

The Problem with Rules

RULES are essential. They show us what’s right and what’s wrong, they show us the boundaries of good behaviour, they make it possible for us to live together. Imagine a school without rules—it would be dominated by the few students who could thump the hardest, and nobody would learn much. Imagine roads without rules—nobody would be safe. Without rules, society could not function. There are rules in the Bible, as you’d expect. For example ‘You shall not murder’ and ‘You shall not steal’. These are two of the Ten Commandments, the fundamental rules which God gave to His people Israel as a basis for their society (you can read them all in Exodus 20). They’re part of the system of laws called the Law of Moses, which is contained in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. There’s an odd thing about the Law of Moses, which sets it

I Am the Bread of Life

I Am the Bread of Life

JOHN CHAPTER 6 contains the account of one of Jesus’ most amazing miracles. On the shore of the Sea of Galilee he fed 5,000 men, plus women and children, using only five loaves of bread and two small fish. The miracle was so impressive that the people were fired with adulation, and the situation could have taken a turn which Jesus did not want. “Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he departed again to the mountain by himself alone” (John 6:15). It must have been a temptation for him to ride the wave of his popularity and use it for his self-gratification. He resisted the temptation and dealt with it, then retreated to be by himself where he could pray to his Father in heaven. His solitary prayers gave him strength, and later that night we see