Entries by David Cornell

Wednesday 8 February 2023

I was talking with someone recently about the Old Testament name for God ‘Jehovah Jireh’. This name translates to mean ‘God will provide’ or ‘God will see to it.’ Not even just that God can provide, but that He will.  We see this characteristic of God in this passage through the actions of Jesus. When […]

Tuesday 7 February 2023

Jesus took the man who was deaf and could hardly speak aside, and simply healed him. Then he (Jesus) told the man and his friends, not to tell anyone. What?  I think people might notice that there has been a change … And asked them not to tell others … really he can now hear […]

Monday 6 February 2023

What a strange passage, and one of many examples where Jesus responds in a way that I do not expect.  This woman has come to Jesus desperate for His help, and yet He seems to be putting her off in what may sound like rudeness to us. His reference to taking the “children’s bread and […]

Sunday 5 February 2023

The covenant with God was always about our hearts (for example, Deuteronomy 6:5), but a lot of the Law talks about what we should do to live in that covenant. These Pharisees and teachers of the Law have a clear focus on doing the Law, but it seems to have bypassed their hearts. Holiness seems […]

Saturday 4 February 2023

Jesus does an amazing job in this passage reminding us that our attitudes and the way we think matter just as much as what we actually do. It’s not just what we say but what we think about saying that God hears. The disciples were focused on Jesus and what He was saying and doing […]

Friday 3 February 2023

Oh Lord Jesus, please fill me with your power today. Open my eyes to the “greater things” that you have planned for me to do before the world was even created. Call me higher and deeper into your very presence that I’m soaked by your love – that I’m unable to stop the flow of […]

Thursday 2 February 2023

Oh the difficulty with our hearts! The disciples could not understand what Jesus was doing, and who He was, because of their hard hearts. Faith could not rise in them, because of their hard hearts. How often do I pray – God make your ways, your will, your plan more obvious to me – without […]

Wednesday 1 February 2023

Jesus has a following – a somewhat reckless following of men, women, children. The crowd’s enthusiasm for Jesus causes them to neglect their own basic needs. The disciples notice this and suggest to Jesus that he pull the plug. “Tell them to pack it up and go feed themselves elsewhere” (paraphrase of verse 35 and […]

Tuesday 31 January 2023

John the Baptist was undoubtedly a good man. In Matthew 11:11, Jesus states that there has not been a man greater than him! So what do I do to be like John the Baptist? –          Eat Locusts and Honey –          Wear camel hair clothing –          Be homeless –          Be very outspoken against the religious majority […]

Monday 30 January 2023

Shake it off! A series of episodes where faith releases dramatic miracles (the woman healed of bleeding and Jairus’ daughter raised from the dead), and then in Nazareth Jesus meets such a refusal to believe that it prevented miracles. This is his home town. This is where he should have expected a sympathetic reception. But […]