Our God is a consuming fire; it is dangerous to draw near to Him. How could we trust to venture to draw near if it were not for our confidence in God’s covenant loyalty? God mediates His relationships with people through covenants; we do well to understand what covenant is all about.
The very name evokes fear, pain, frustration, and misery: Satan.
Many have many views and ideas about who Satan is and what he is about. From the Old Testament we get a picture of Satan not as familiar to many, but unfortunately all too real in temptation.
Judges 7:5 and 1 Samuel 20:19 speak of “a mother in Israel.” Deborah’s administration provided benefits to the people, but it is the image of a city as a mother that persists. Jerusalem of old nourished and sustained its inhabitants in community; new Jerusalem, the church, ought to serve the same function!
God rejected Saul and sought a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). That man would be David. How was David a man after God’s own heart? How can we learn to be like him and be men and women after God’s own heart?