Posts by Neil Silverberg

Posts by Neil Silverberg

Mark 10 | Walked Away Sorrowful

At least by modern standards, the Son of God was a failure when it came to evangelism. Nowhere is that more evident than in the account of Jesus’ brief encounter with the so called ‘rich young ruler’. All the Synoptic writers include this encounter between the majestic Son of God and this moral young man seeking salvation. But Jesus violates every known stricture that modern evangelism says is so important when it comes to personal evangelism, For one, this young man…

Mark 2 | Traditions Die Hard

Our reading today takes us through the second chapter of the Gospel of Mark. This chapter records the growing hostility between the Son of God and the Jewish religious leaders who opposed Him. We are often critical of these leaders for their resistance to Jesus’ ministry and we should be. But it is helpful to first have a little background to help understand why these men were so opposed to His ministry. By the time Jesus came to Israel the…

1 Timothy 4 | Are You Working Out?

“Train yourself for godliness” I Tim. 4:7 Most people, when they think of living the Christian life, would not compare it to a rigorous program like that which athletes follow in order to achieve mastery in athletic prowess. Yet that is exactly what Paul does when writing to his young son in the faith, Timothy. Paul’s use of the word ‘train’ in the text is derived from the Greek word gymnazo from which we get our word gymnasium or gymnastics.…

1 Timothy 3 | Character Builds

“An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach” (I Timothy 3:2, CSV). A good friend of mine, a brilliant Bible teacher, once made the statement, “What a man builds with his gift he destroys with his character.” That was uttered during a time when many well-known television evangelists and preachers were exposed for sexual misconduct, financial misgivings, and ill-treatment of staff. His point was that while many of these ministers were powerfully gifted individuals who built their entire ministries on their…

1 Timothy 2 | Praying About Everyone and Everything

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, or kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (I Timothy 2:1-2). One thing revealed in the apostle Paul’s writings is how broadly he desires believers to pray with respect to the various aspects of life in which they find themselves. Here in this text, Paul instructs his…

Revelation 16 | God Is Still Angry!

That’s not exactly a title for an article that would draw a reader in. Who wants to read about how mad God is at the human race? Nevertheless, it accurately describes these later chapters of the book of Revelation (14-18). No matter how you cut it, the wrath of God is a prevalent theme of the entire book of Revelation, especially these later chapters. It seems that despite popular belief, God is still mad at people. It is obvious many…

Revelation 10 | Eat the Scroll

“Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey” (Rev. 10:8-9). In…

Revelation 9 | Don’t Forget the Woe

John was told at the end of chapter eight of Revelation there were three more trumpets to be blown. In fact, three times he calls them woes —“woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets the three angels are about to blow” (8:12). The word “woe” in the Greek is “ouai” and is more than just an expression of a feeling. Woe is a judgment as we read in the Book…

1 John 5 | Joyful Obedience

Throughout his letter, John has tied together the love of God with the keeping of his commandments. He would have us know merely professing one loves God without expressing love through obedience is a misnomer. This is important in view of the fact a certain group of so-called believers in John’s day claimed God loved them and they loved God, while they lived lives of disobedience to God. John reminds us (again) those who love God will always keep his…

John 16 | The Special Helper

In his Upper Room dialogue with his disciples, Jesus mentioned several times the special Helper he would send from the Father to assist them. The disciples were devastated by his announcement he was soon going away and they would see him no more. But then he astounded them with his announcement it was “to their advantage that I go away.” How could it possibly be to their advantage that the Son of God—he whom they have come to believe in…