R. Herbert

A Sun and Shield

King David certainly had a way with words — not just in the eloquence and poetry of many of the psalms he composed, but also in the way he could pack so much meaning into even a short expression. “The Lord God is a sun and shield” (Psalm 84:11) is a wonderful example of this. […]

Are You Listening?

Ancient Jewish rabbis sometimes disputed which was more important: to speak the Word of God or to hear it. Despite what may have been a well-meaning debate, it’s the kind of question common sense might answer “both.” But many rabbis agreed that in our personal lives, while speaking the Word of God is mainly God’s […]

His Struggles and Ours

The story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness is one of the most striking and memorable in the New Testament (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12, 13; Luke 4:1-13). Temptations to turn stones into bread, to leap from high pinnacles, and to worship at the feet of evil make for a larger-than-life plot — a heroic battle […]

When Faith Falters

The book of Hebrews contains some of the Bible’s most encouraging statements regarding faith, but it also contains some cautions. One of those is found in Hebrews 10:38, which quotes Habakkuk: “Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him” (NKJV). The writer of Hebrews […]

“Three Triumphant Words”

by R. Herbert Most of us know how it feels to finally accomplish something we have worked toward for a long time: a goal, a dream, a project to which we have dedicated time and energy. Even with small-scale things, it can be a triumphant feeling. The larger the accomplishment, the greater the triumph, thankfulness, […]

Power Tool

The first book of the Bible, Genesis, contains occasional prophetic statements scattered like seeds throughout its chapters. Revelation, the Bible’s last book, reveals the great flowering of God’s prophetic message. Between these two books we see the gradual growth of prophecy — part of what theologians refer to as progressive revelation. God did not have […]

The Savvy Samaritan

As he came over the brow of the small hill he saw the beaten and bloodied man lying at the edge of the road. The Samaritan hurried to him and tended the man’s injuries as well as he could before carefully helping him onto the back of his mule and setting off for the nearby […]