95 results for author: Mark Hathaway


What Happened on the Emmaus Road? – Part 2

For this study, you will find it helpful to read the whole chapter of Luke 24. The passage we will look at is Luke 24:12-32. Have you ever wondered why the two on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus as He walked and talked with Him? Why would Jesus conceal His identity? Before we attempt to answer the question it is important to remember that Jesus was very intentional about everything He did. All words and actions from Jesus had a specific purpose and accomplished a specific goal. Furthermore, every detail the Bible gives should be considered because it directly affects the message being communicated. Even though the actions of ...

What Happened on the Emmaus Road? – Part 1

Writing the weekly devotional post for my church has been an incredible experience. It has challenged me in ways that quite frankly I was not expecting. I think it has caused me to grow as a believer, a student of the Bible, and as a writer. I truly have no idea what kind of readership the posts have, beyond the occasional comment left, which I greatly appreciate by the way. Even if I only have three or four readers, I am determined to keep writing. My prayer is the posts help you - encourage you toward the joy of experiencing God’s Most Holy Word regularly. Today as I was prayerfully pondering what to write in this week’s post, I recalled ...

Asaph – a Worship Leader

There are those people in the Bible with whom most people are very familiar. For example, consider the question, who were the two people eating the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden? Even people who have never read the Bible can tell you, Adam and Eve. We know names and stories of Noah, Abraham, King David, King Solomon, Balaam, and his talking donkey, and on and on. However, there exists a plethora of names in both the Old and New Testaments that hardly get a passing glance even though the devoted Christian may read through his Bible every year. For instance, without looking him up can you tell me something about Nahshon the son of ...

Amos – Chapter 9 – Incredible Provision

If we define exaggeration as inflating the facts about a thing to the point of distorting the truth about that which is represented, then we can know for sure that God never exaggerates. We know that God does not distort the truth because of the declaration found in Numbers 23:19.           19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,    Nor a son of man, that He should repent.    Has He said, and will He not do?    Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?   Keep in mind the above verse as you read the following verses. Amos 9:13-15           13 “Behold, the days are coming,” ...

Amos – Chapter 9 – Conclusions in Review

I hope you have had the rewarding experience of having a conclusion you’ve reached concerning the Word of God challenged and consequently changed. You haven’t changed your conclusion because some skilled arguer has persuaded you to conclude something different. You’ve changed your conclusion because you have studied the text closer, and examined new evidence. You’ve applied sound study methods, prayed and asked for the Holy Spirit to illuminate and reveal the truth and the light came on causing your understanding to become clearer. Maybe you don’t see having a wrong understanding of the scriptures corrected as a positive thing. Is it ...

Amos – Chapter 9 – Final Judgement

I hope you make a regular practice of having the word of God open as you consider any Biblical message. You will definitely want to have Amos chapter nine handy because I will not include every verse I reference in this post. As a matter of fact, you will want to read Amos chapter nine before considering my comments. In the Last vision, Amos saw of the Lord, the Lord was standing by the altar as recorded in Amos 9:1. The first time Amos sees the Lord in a vision the Lord is standing on a wall. If we examine 7:7-9 and put the context clues together it seems the Lord is standing on the temple wall or at least a wall very near the temple. Amos ...

Amos – Chapter 9 – Say This!

A faithful preacher or teacher of the word of God must be careful to not change the emphasis made by the original author as he works his way through the text. Changing the focus can very easily change the message. Having said that, as we study through the word of God there are times when we zoom in microscopically to inspect a particular detail, temporarily ignoring all other details. We do this in order to increase our understanding of the whole passage. We must then zoom back out and consider the rest of the passage in light of what we discovered being careful to keep our freshly examined detail in its appropriate place in the passage. ...

Amos – Chapter 8 – Famine!

When you study, or even just read the Bible devotionally you must consider the original biblical audience or you run the very real risk of misunderstanding, and therefore misapplying God's word! You cannot “rightly divide” the word of God if you read it and immediately try to apply it in the modern day world. You must consider the original Biblical audience. In order to keep the text in context, one must ask questions like, “To whom was this passage we are studying written? What did it mean to them? Do principles exist in the passage which are timeless in nature and which can be applied to both them and us without altering the author’s ...

Amos – Chapter 8 – Mourning not Morning

You may remember in Amos 8:5 the people of the Northern Kingdom were expressing they couldn’t wait for the religious feasts to be done so they could return to their wicked ways. They couldn’t wait to cheat and abuse the poor among them as they had always done. Remember, their wickedness was a direct sin against God, and against mankind made in the image of God. This was pure rebellion. We talked about verse nine “in that day” referring to the future day of the Lord’s judgment. God responds to the wicked desires of their hearts in verse ten, by declaring what He will do. Amos 8:10          10 I will turn your feasts into ...

Amos – Chapter 8 – In that Day

If I’ve counted correctly, this is devotional post number forty in the book of Amos. A quick peek back to the first post introducing this fascinating little book, reminds us that the book was written around 760 B.C., a mere 38 years before its fulfillment in 722 B.C. when the Northern Kingdom was conquered by the Assyrians. Sadly, this ten of twelve tribes of Israel never has come back together as a people group, let alone a nation. Even today they seem all but forgotten.   But wait, you say, “Israel was in the land during the time of Jesus as portrayed in the New Testament”. True, however, they were not a sovereign nation, they ...