188 results for author: Mark Hathaway


197 – Numbers 14 – Children

Before getting into today’s passage and though I am no wizard, I want to give you a quick peek behind the curtain so you can see me pulling the levers and pushing the buttons. Maybe to the chagrin of those around me I often talk of using a consistent methodology for understanding and applying the truths of the Bible. I talk about the progressive process of observation, interpretation, application (OIA), and the various components of each. But doing a quick self-assessment of the devotional posts I write each week, I realize I rarely exit the “O” or observation stage of that methodology. I never go deep enough into the process to reach the ...

196 – Numbers 14 – Heart Submission

For today’s discussion, I want to introduce you to a translation of the Bible with which you may not be familiar. Before I talk about the translation I want to tell you why today’s quotes will come from it. One and only one reason. It does not translate God’s personal name, but rather provides the transliteration, or English letters representing the Hebrew sounds for the word. This is particularly helpful when we need to distinguish between the two different Hebrew words that are often translated, lord. With the Lexham English Bible (LEB), we do not need to do the work of consulting an interlinear, reverse interlinear, or some other such ...

195 – Psalm 37 – Salvation

I want to talk about the last two verses in Psalm 37, but first I hope you will indulge me in a little exercise. I’ll give you a word and you take note of what immediately comes to mind, ready? Tell me to what I am referring. Run. Maybe you want some more context. Let me add an exclamation point. Run! Maybe you think you know what I’m indicating or maybe you are one of the more cautious among us and would like still more context. But think about it. I gave you a word, I even provided you with punctuation. Why don’t you know conclusively what I’m attempting to communicate? In the first occurrence, was I telling you to move ...

194 – Psalm 37 – Cut off

Of the many things that could be said about Psalm 37, one might summarize the chapter as a contrast between the wicked and the righteous. I noticed such a contrast when considering the phrase “cut off”, and I thought it would make a good discussion topic. Just to warn you though, we will be taking two rabbit trails in this study. The first rabbit trail is to simply define the phrase rabbit trail. If you’ve ever seen rabbit tracks in the snow, or have witnessed a rabbit running from danger, you’ve probably noticed the rabbit rarely (if ever) runs in a straight line. He zigs and zags and sometimes doubles back to where he’s already been, ...

193 – Psalm 37 – fall

Last time we made some observations in Psalm 37:23. I’d like to take a look at a bigger chunk of scripture. Let’s see what there is for us in Psalm 37:22-24. Psalm 37:22-24            22       For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,     But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.            23       The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD,     And He delights in his way.            24       Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;     For the LORD upholds him with His hand.   It might seem like we are moving backward a bit because we ...

192-Psalm 37 – Ordered

In the interest of full disclosure, I think I should tell you why I put a pause on working my way through the book of Numbers. Why did I choose to focus on Psalm 37 now instead of waiting until I made it all the way through the book of Numbers? Well, quite frankly many of us are quite shaken by what has been transpiring in the world around us. Our sense of security has been replaced by uncertainty. We have front row seats to a most unusual spectacle that feels unique to our time. Many people have committed crimes openly whether it is rioting, looting, election fraud, and in some cases physical harm against persons and or their property without ...

191-Psalm 37 – Wait.

As I was prayerfully considering what to write today, I remembered a conversation in which a man was telling me he never reads a book twice. He stated, “I read the Bible cover to cover once, why would I ever read it again?” Though I didn’t become a believer until I was nineteen years old, I’ve been reading the Bible most of my life. For the past eight years or so I’ve been learning how to study the Bible from my wonderful Pastors. The more I read and study the Bible the less my friend’s question makes sense to me. I wonder how anyone could read the Bible one time through, cover to cover, and not be drawn into its story. How could ...

190-Psalm 37 – Bring it!

I’ve mentioned before that one thing we do when studying the scriptures is to take note of repeating words and phrases paying particular attention to how they influence our understanding of the text. Well, this week I want to spend a few minutes considering the word “bring”. The word “bring” appears three times in as many verses in Psalm 37. Let’s look at the first occurrence.  Psalm 37:5            5       Commit your way to the LORD,     Trust also in Him,     And He shall bring it to pass.   When we consult the source language we discover something troubling. The word bring in verse ...

189-Psalm 37 – Characters

For a methodical and disciplined person maybe it would seem logical, even prudent to start with a general assessment or overview of a given biblical passage and gradually narrow the focus down to the detail. Although I have had close calls with both method and discipline the encounters have not been prolonged enough for me to wear the label “methodical” and or “disciplined”. When I first wrote about Psalm 37 I jumped right into detail by considering the source language range of meaning for the word fret in verse one. In this third article, I want to make some general observations that may be a better fit in an introduction or summary....

188-Psalm 37 – Delight

There is a certain population in American, I call it “churchdom” that believes something needs to be done to make the Holy Bible relevant for today. After all, it is an ancient book and needs to be modernized, right? I hear stuff like that and then read something like Psalm 37 and am amazed at how relevant it is without twisting its meaning.  This week we find ourselves putting verse four under the microscope.  Psalm 37:4            4       Delight yourself also in the LORD,     And He shall give you the desires of your heart.   If you’ve read a number of my posts you can probably guess the first ...