286 results for author: Mark Hathaway


Man’s Heart / God’s Heart

John chapter three is a very familiar passage of scripture. In this famous chapter we find Jesus in discussion with the Pharisee Nicodemus. The term born again is introduced by Jesus here. Even though this maybe a very familiar chapter to you, it’s worth spending sometime here mining for truth. The second chapter of John provides an important backdrop for Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus. Let’s look specifically at the last three verses in chapter two. John 2: 23 “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.  24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, ...

The Father

In our study through John chapter 8 we come to an interesting verse that would be very easy to read past. We are going to pick up at verse 27. If you read the previous verses you will get a feel for the participants, and the general audience of this conversational exchange. Let’s look at the verse. John 8:27 They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. (NKJV) Verse 27 seems straightforward enough. What can we glean from this verse? Simple enough, they did not understand what He was talking about, right? Let’s take a look. Who is the word they referring to at the beginning of the verse? We can deeply enrich our study of the ...

Which would you choose?

In our walk through John chapter eight we come to verse twenty six. After ignoring everything Jesus has been saying about Himself, the Pharisees asked Him, “who are you?” Jesus responds by saying, “I’ve been telling you all along [my paraphrase] who I am.” Let’s consider the next verse. John 8:26 says, “I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.” (NKJV) I think when we read we naturally observe the main point, whether we’ve been lead by the author or by our own instincts. This is a good thing because the main point is the ...

One another

Colossians 3:16 is a great verse. As believers in Christ we would do well to memorize and put it into practice. Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (NKJV) The verse begins with an interesting word, the word “let”. Could we substitute the word allow? Allow the word of Christ to dwell in you…? The word let seems to be indicating that “the Word of Christ will dwell in you”, unless you do something to prevent it. Let’s back up a few verses and get a running start at this. ...

Who Are You? (Part 2)

In the eighth chapter of the book of John, the Pharisees asked Jesus an interesting question. In the first part of the verse we have recorded for us the Pharisees’ question, and the second half Jesus’ response. John 8:25   Then they said to Him, “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. (NKJV) The question that immediately comes to mind when I read this verse is, from the beginning? What did Jesus mean? The beginning of what? I don’t find contextual evidence that Jesus is veiling meaning here. I believe He simply means, I’ve been telling you all along who I am. So I ...

Tabernacle for the Sun

Last time I answered the first of two questions I was asked about Psalm nineteen. This time we will look at the second question. Let’s look at Psalm 19:1-6 to get us started. Psalm 19:1-6 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising ...

Who are You? (Part 1)

Instead of providing a few verses to establish context, I want to look at just one verse. Not only that, but let’s look at just the first part of the verse. Then they said to Him, “Who are You?”  John 8:25 (NKJV) Those who know me, are very possibly tired of hearing me pound on the notion of keeping Bible passages in context, and yet what I’m about to ask you to do will make it seem I am abandoning the concept altogether. That being said, please resist the temptation to crack open your Bible to gain context for the verse fragment I’ve listed above. Don’t read the whole verse. Don’t read the verses above it nor the verses below it. ...

Tabernacle for the Sun

Last time I answered the first of two questions I was asked about Psalm nineteen. This time we will look at the second question. Let’s look at Psalm 19:1-6 to get us started. Psalm 19:1-6     1      The heavens declare the glory of God;     And the firmament shows His handiwork.     2      Day unto day utters speech,     And night unto night reveals knowledge.     3      There is no speech nor language     Where their voice is not heard.     4      Their line has gone out through all the earth,     And their words to the end of the world.       In them He has set a tabernacle for ...

Psalm 19

We’ve been studying in John chapter eight for some fourteen weeks. I was recently challenged to answer two questions in the nineteenth Psalm. I thought it would be worth the diversion to consider this beautiful Psalm from King David. Although a worthy exercise, I will resist the temptation to provide an expositional study, and instead focus on answering the questions as they were presented. Unfortunately, we will only be able to answer one of those questions this time. Let’s consider the first four verses. Psalm 19:1-4 says,     “1      The heavens declare the glory of God;     And the firmament shows His handiwork.     ...

Face to Face with God

If you’ve been studying along with me in the book of John you’ll know that although we aren’t moving very fast, we aren’t necessarily going verse by verse either. It would be easy to breeze past verse twenty because it seems unimportant. But let’s take a look at it so you can see what I mean. John 8:20 says, “These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.” (NKJV) This verse seems pretty straight forward. Nothing theologically earth shaking here. As a matter of fact, we could do without the details in this verse altogether right? No big deal to ...